Donovan McNabb: Stay Or Go?
The face of Donovan McNabb has been the face of a franchise for over a decade. There have been some up and down seasons since his tenure here as a Philadelphia Eagle, and we, as fans, have weathered the storm along with him. From day one of the draft, he has faced criticism, from myself included on some days. There was a time that I was pro-Garcia and even pro-Feely.
Today, the sentiment is pro-Kolb or pro-Vick. I am neither of the two. Donovan has given us some beautiful years as the leader of this team, and the leader of a city that has faced defeat with the finish line in sight. Time and time again we fall short, and we need that scapegoat.
We're some of the most passionate fans out there, undeniably THE MOST passionate in my mind. I have Eagles boxers, Eagles shoes, I own an Eagles watch, I have an Eagles tattoo, I had a pet fish named after an Eagles player, I have everything Philadelphia Eagles.
This tangent of my life is something that isn't just personal. This is a metaphor for the life of every Eagles "fan" out there. After our third loss to Dallas of the season (I finally feel comfortable [not really] talking about it), my mind went into the default mode of every Eagles fan: "There's always next year. Next year is our year."
I truly believe that. Every year is the Eagles' year. I moved my mind into the draft, and focused on following the health of all our injured players, I have been looking up trade rumors, and reading Eagles related articles non-stop.
This tangent comes to an end with this conclusion: THERE IS NO OFFSEASON! The season of an Eagles fan is never over. There are always the "fans," as I said earlier, the ones who stop watching when we do poorly, the fair-weather fans. I am a diehard fan and I want McNabb to stay.
I've read all the articles about McNabb being traded. I've read the Kolb and Vick trade articles. What it comes down to is that I love the Eagles. I don't care who is at quarterback. I know the people clamoring for Kolb who have read all the articles are true fans, just as true as me even.
The issue that I have is that the people who clamor for Kolb really hate McNabb. How can you hate someone who has that uniform on? I understand people get upset (I suppose we could bring up the TO fiasco to talk about hating a person in the Eagles uniform, but I digress again), but the fact remains that Donovan has brought us a lot of great years and he receives more blame than he deserves.
The solid defenses that we had have flopped in big games, there have been countless dropped balls by receivers that TO THIS DAY are still on the team after THEY screw up in big games and do just average in terms of production. People have mentioned this, but they never touch on the real issue.
Football is a team sport.
McNabb hits a receiver in the hands and he drops it. Next play, McNabb throws a ball into the dirt and it's fourth down. We blame McNabb for it, but let's face it, he's the best we've ever seen. I'm not afraid of change, but what's wrong with waiting?
Is Kevin Kolb, the man people have already been calling the next Drew Brees, going to suddenly forget everything he's learned? Is he suddenly going to become horrible if he sits as a backup learning from one of the best to play? I doubt it.
Kolb can only get better at this point in his career. Let's give Kolb a chance to learn from the best we've ever seen before putting him into the hotseat. Let him learn from the master for one more year.
Give McNabb something he DESERVES—your support—and a chance to win himself and the city a Super Bowl. We haven't treated him one millionth as good as he has treated us. McNabb wants to win a Super Bowl like everyone in this league. Unlike others in the league though, McNabb wants to win one in Philly.
Brian Dawkins, a legend in Philly, left us to play for another team where he felt wanted. I love and respect the man, but he left us for a better offer rather than sticking to his loyalties and trying to win a Super Bowl with a team that has given him undying support. McNabb is still here knowing that he could be used elsewhere, and wants to stay and win HERE and only HERE. So maybe we can show him a bit more respect.
I don't say he's better than anyone else 100% at our quarterback position, but let's face it, if you're a true fan, no matter what happens and who is at that quarterback position next season, you will still don that Eagles green jersey on Sunday. You will still chant: FUCK DALLAS whenever you get the chance. You will still buy tickets to the game. You will still read all the articles. You will still teach your kid that you stick with your team no matter how bad it gets.
Most importantly, you will still be an Eagles fan your whole life. If you're going to get on the "I hate McNabb bandwagon," make sure to hop on the next train to "off a fucking cliff." One more season with a man who has given you so much joy in a time where despair was beforehand year after year isn't going to kill you.
Super Bowl or not, Donovan is our quarterback, let's give him the joy of support, something he has done for us for over 10 years. For even just 10 minutes, let's just all envision the past decade without McNabb and then appreciate what he has brought to us with the *talented receivers* we've had in years past.
McNabb deserves one more year. If you're looking for drama, perhaps you should be watching The View instead of football.
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