Eagles, McNabb Are "Stuck In The Middle"...With Each Other

John MaranoContributor IMarch 23, 2010

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 05:  Donovan McNabb QB Philadelphia Eagles co-hosts at James L. Knight Center as part of The 11th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on February 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl Gospel)
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Trade him.  Keep him.  Extend his contract.  Release him.  Sheesh...

All this hub--bub over one player, Donovan McNabb.  It seems every poster on message boards and every sports writer hack has a "scenario" involving what should be done involving the Eagles QB "situation".  Why hasn't anyone asked Mr. McNabb what HIS thoughts are?

Not that it would matter.  The prognosticators and pundits have all given their "best case scenario" in regards to what the Eagles should or should not do.  Coach Andy Reid, the man who holds the ultimate decision in his hands, has emphatically stated, more than once, that Donovan McNabb WILL be the Eagles starting quarterback in 2010.

Now, back to the show.  If you poll the average message boarders in Philly, the odds are that greater than 60% would say to get "value" for number 5 while he is still productive.  If he is still productive, then why get rid of him?  Whatever is considered "value" in return for McNabb has got to equal or exceed his actual value to the team, right?

 So, with that said, the fact is that McNabb is the best option for the Eagles to win.  But that's not enough, is it?  He must win in the regular season AND playoffs AND Super Bowl before the stigma of "choker" is finally removed.  Then, and only then, will he be able to bask in the limelight of the fan's love in Philadelphia.

Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb.  Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid.  They will forever be linked together due to the fact that McNabb was Big Red's very first draft pick.  In all the bustle of roster moves the Birds have recently made, strangely, McNabb seems to be the ONLY untouchable player.  They are both, in a way, "stuck in the middle"...but with each other. 

The fans, by a majority sense, are willing to send McNabb packing in favor of Kevin Kolb, the understudy for the last four years.  The fans are also clamouring for a "new start" because they feel that Kolb is more accurate of a passer, and that it's time to get "trade value" for the 33--year old McNabb (in other words, get while the getting is good).  The debate will rage on until Andy Reid, alone, dictates the outcome.

Why not ask Donovan?  He gets to approve or veto any trade anyhow.  Would a fresh start in another city do him good?  Would less scrutiny make him play better?  Will his "worm--burner" passes be any more accurate in another environment?

There are two sides to the matter.  The "McNabb must go" side, and the "We can't win the Super Bowl without McNabb" side.  Somewhere in between we find the principal player seemingly in "a man without a country" state of flux.

What to do, what to do...

Steeler's Wheel (with Jerry Rafferty) supplied today's theme.  Are Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb actually stuck in the middle of this over hyped, over analyzed conundrum?  Or is there some back door, eleventh--hour deal in the works that they are trying to keep concealed?  If so, what a blockbuster it will have to be to pry number 5 from the clutches of Andy Reid.

Stay tuned, gang.