Donovan McNabb: Has He Blown His Opportunity to Be a Super Bowl Champion?

Leo PizziniAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 29:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Washington Redskins during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The great debate over the starting quarterback job in Philadelphia has become a volatile discussion among the divided fan base.

Whereas a portion of pro-Kolb Eagles fans admit that starting Kevin Kolb may sacrifice something in 2010, they remain resolute that, over the next decade, the team will benefit by his expedient integration.

The aforementioned argument is typically logical and forward in thinking—they are fully prepared to exchange McNabb's services for more young prospects at needed and aging positions such as cornerback, defensive end, and safety.

Still, there is an irrational segment of fans that demand change for the sake of change, citing that McNabb has had enough opportunity to bring home the heavy hardware and has failed in his quest.

Although some of the greatest quarterbacks ever (Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, and Fran Tarkenton) have failed to win championships and some of the most mediocre quarterbacks (Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson) have won championships, this contingency of fans is endlessly pontificating the fallacy that it is solely the responsibility of the quarterback to ensure victory. 

On the grounds that McNabb has not yet won the biggest of games to date, the feverishly rabid minority of fans (the Anti-McNabbians) have declared that he is a substandard quarterback; this despite the fact that McNabb has commanded several sub-par offenses to the precipice of winning what they claim he cannot. 

So the Anti-McNabbians illogically and unfairly dismiss McNabb's realistic opportunity to lead the retooled Eagles offense to glory and call for Kolb, or whoever, to answer the bell.

Following a sarcastic comment that I made on the Philadelphia Eagles' website to whom I have dubbed the Anti-McNabbian contingency, a diligent supporter provided the following data:

Lets count the number of QB's who have won Super Bowls after age 30:

Bart Starr was 33 and 34

Len Dawson was 34

Johnny Unitas was 37

Ken Stabler was 31

Roger Staubach was 35

Terry Bradshaw was 30 and 31

Jim Plunkett was 33 and 36

Joe Theismann was 34

Phil Simms was 32

Doug Williams was 32

Joe Montana was 32 and 33

Steve Young was 33

John Elway was 37 and 38

Brad Johnson was 34

Peyton Manning was 30

That's 20 of the 44 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks who were over the age of 30.

Not only that, but five times, quarterbacks over the age of 30 won more than a single Super Bowl.

This obviously doesn't guarantee that McNabb will bring the Lombardi home to Philadelphia, but it clearly debunks the argument that he has had enough opportunity to win a Super Bowl.

If you are good, you're good—and McNabb is good. He has his strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly, he has the skill set to make the city and fans proud and silence his critics once and for all.

The false dichotomy of McNabb's disposition does not keep logical fans from the realization that he is capable and remains the Eagles best option to win in 2010.

As the logical portion of Eagles fans and McNabb supporters may not be as boisterous as the irrational Anti-McNabbians, make no misconceptions, they are the majority.

Many media outlets would convince the country that the entire city of Philadelphia is anti-McNabb. The truth is that there are many frustrated Eagles fans longing for a Super Bowl title.

Some have run devoid of patience. Some fans are excited for and curious about Kevin Kolb. Others are just looking for validation of the McNabb & Co.'s body of work, along with that of his predecessors.

In the NFC East, more than most divisions, accreditation comes with a ring, and the national media has no mercy on our fans. They, the media, lack the understanding of who we are.

When it's over, Philadelphia's love for McNabb will be unquestioned, as it is for our many other sports icons that were scrutinized during their playing days.

For now, the fans must ignore the media's criticism and exercise their own patience, forgoing frustration. This chapter in Eagles' history is not yet concluded, and the next remains full of promise. 

What about Kevin Kolb?


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