Philly Fans Will Regret a Donovan McNabb Trade

Tuviere AkpogheneContributor IMarch 25, 2010

The Eagles' faithful never wanted McNabb in town to start with—now, they seem to have grown tired of the errant passes and of seeing him come up short so many times in big games.

Forget the fact that every quarterback in the league throws errant passes, and very few get a chance to play in big games.

I was in Philadelphia during the last playoffs, and all I heard was, “If McNabb isn’t good enough to win a Super Bowl , then it’s time to move on to the next guy."

Philly fans seem to conveniently forget that football is a team sport. It takes 11 guys on the field, a front office, and an owner willing to do just about everything it takes to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

I understand it's a quarterback's league. They get all the praise in a victory and deserve all the blame when things go wide of the mark.

But if they believe Kevin Kolb is the answer, the one to take this franchise to the promise land, then Philly fans really need to get their heads examined.

Kolb has been compared to Aaron Rodgers . Obviously, he has proved to be a solid quarterback for the Packers—which is a relief, especially after management made the move away from Brett Favre .

The only problem? Coming out of college, Aaron Rodgers already displayed potential to be great. I thought he deserved to be drafted No. 1 overall.

Kolb, on the other hand, still looked like a quarterback in training in his fourth year in the league. He had a couple of good games last season, but he still didn’t look like a very decisive quarterback.

The Eagles have issues in every area, but quarterback is not one of them. They have a pass-happy coach. In his 10-plus years in Philadelphia, Andy Reid has called for pass plays 75 percent of the time—but has done very little to beef up his receiving corps.

In a situation like this, even Peyton Manning wouldn’t succeed.

Reid’s offense is more of a dink-and-dunk system. That has never fit the strong-armed McNabb, who has no touch and throws it into the dirt whenever he tries to adjust.

Reid needs to realize he's offense needs to be more balanced and stop calling 40 passes a game. Maybe then McNabb could win the Super Bowl.

Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl when the Ravens depended heavily on their running game and great defense. They only asked him to manage the game.

But Reid will never do that.

So I say, get rid of them both—the coach and the quarterback—and start over.

But the coach isn’t going anywhere unfortunately. At the very least, the quarterback has to change.

If the Eagles find a trading partner who will package a good safety and a decent draft pick, they should trade McNabb without a second thought. All parties concerned—Philly fans, media, coaching staff, and McNabb—have grown weary of each other.

The latest Donovan McNabb controversy started Wednesday. Eagles coach Andy Reid told the media at the NFL meetings in Orlando that he has received trade offers on all three of the team’s quarterbacks and is “keeping my ears open.”

McNabb responded with a blog post saying he hopes “whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly.”

The rumor immediately began circulating that McNabb would be traded to St. Louis for the Rams’ second-round pick, the first pick in the round, and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, nicknamed "O.J."

Just as quickly, Rams management denied the rumors.

I believe them, because such a deal doesn’t make any sense for them. Why would the team with the worst record in the NFL trade for a 33-year-old quarterback? And give up draft picks for a QB whose contract expires after next year? And why would McNabb sign an extension to play with a team that’s going to be bad for many years to come?

The Rams have the first overall pick, and they’re considering using it on a quarterback; they’ll be watching Sam Bradford work out on Monday. And, oh, by the way, Atogwe is a restricted free agent who hasn’t signed his offer. He can’t be traded until he does.

I can’t help but think maybe this whole McNabb saga is more of a race issue.

McNabb himself said that he gets criticized more because he’s black, and I am beginning to think he might be right.

McNabb has led the Eagles to a Super Bowl game, won a conference title, and led his team to five championship games. Yet the media in Philadelphia continue to scream for his head on a platter.

Guys like Carson Palmer, who has more to work with and has accomplished less, don’t get hassled by the media or get their names associated with trade rumors.

Even Jake Delhomme, who has fallen short countless times with a very good Carolina team, got a $7 million contract after an abysmal year.

Most would like to believe that racism no longer exists in America. The truth is, there’s still a lot of it around. Just look at the recent situation in which tea-party conservatives screamed the N-word at black congressmen during the health care vote.

So, is it all racism? Or is it about playing in Philly?

I don't necessarily have the answer. I do know that the Philly fans will be happy when McNabb eventually leaves town. Then they, and the media, won't be able to rely on their hatred anymore.

But those cheers will quickly die down when the season begins, and the real issues will become evident.

Then you’ll see these very fans wishing for the return of Donovan McNabb.

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