Eagles: Time To Reflect On What Was, What Is, What Can Still Be

John MaranoContributor IMarch 27, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after not converting on fourth down in the second half during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Spencer--Davis Group's song entitled "Gimme Some Lovin'" applies to what Donovan McNabb just HAS to have somewhere in the back of his mind.  Since 1999, when he took over for Todd Peterson, he has been on the field as the Eagles starting QB (except when injured).  Everyone has poured over (and over, and over, and over) his stats, his record, his accuracy, his leadership qualities, almost every detail involving his time with the Eagles.

Now, with all the talk about this "trade" business, that is being WAY over talked by the way, how about reflecting a little bit before we run McNabb out on a rail.  Can all the woes of the Eagles offense be blamed on McNabb?  No.  Can all the bad press he's received in Philadelphia be fair and accurate?

No.  Mind you, he has pulled some boneheaded plays now and again.  But all in all, it was McNabb who led this team through thick and thin all these years.  It was McNabb that everyone cheered for pulling victory after victory from the jaws of defeat.  It was McNabb that carried the Boo's off the field when the team fell short.

If we think about the state of affairs of the Eagles offense fairly,we must think of a few factors that attributed to the shortcomings.  Like dropped ( catch-able) passes, like inept offensive line play, like slow--footed, slow--thinking personnel, like the "oh--so--predictable" play calling, and the inevitable, old fashioned plain bad luck.

McNabb has flourished at times, and he has "flushed" at other times.  Even so, I get perturbed at those who say that he has no heart.  Who was it that played on a broken ankle against the Cardinals?  Who was it that, even though he "yucked" in the huddle during Super Bowl 39, was able to almost pull off the big upset of the New England Patriots?  Who threw that memorable "4th and 26" pass?  Who has played through nagging injuries that would have side lined a lesser (wimpier) competitor?

That's right, our man McNabb.  So, he's got a few years on him.  So, he's not able (willing?) to run when it seems like it is the best option.  So, he doesn't do this or does do that.  Does that mean we just "dump" him just because some of the "hot heads" say so?

If it is his time to move on, let's just say "Thanks, Donovan, for everything".  Why not show him some love for all he has had to put up with from this "what have you done lately" town?  That's all a player that moves on really asks for--to "gimme some lovin'".

If, and that's a very big "IF", some team makes the Eagles an offer that they can't refuse, and McNabb does go to another team, why can't we look back and just say thanks, man?  Maybe it's because of the mind set that there are no hero's unless they win it all (see '73-74' Flyers, '83 Sixers, '08 Phillies. etc.).

For eleven years now, Donovan McNabb has carried upon his shoulders the dreams and desires for a championship of every title--starved fan in this city.  That's what comes with being the QB for the Eagles: not "do or die", but rather, "do or scram".  Not one of the proponents of the latter have EVER been where number Five has been, lo these eleven years.

Players come, and players go.  Many is the reason why they do.  I'm not saying "let's have a pity party" for Donovan, or any other player that leaves town.  What I AM saying is, let's not throw a guy under the bus before it's time to throw him under the bus.  If Andy Reid and company decide that McNabb get's another shot to win it all, then good.  If they decide that enough is enough, then fine.  It is not our call, folks.

Wow, trying to stay objective on this subject is really difficult.  Almost every sports writer "hack" has started a rumor, or has gotten "an inside source" on yet another plot to change the face of this "riveting storyline".  I've gotten my fingers into it, too, but in the end, either way it shakes out, I choose to remember all that Mr. McNabb has done in a positive light.

Either way, whether he goes or stays, Thanks for everything, Donovan.  Good luck elsewhere, or keep it going here.  No matter what, I'll still be a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Eagles come Monday mornings this and every season, unless I get thrown under the bus.

Author's Note:  I retract my statement that I made regarding McNabb's ability to "veto" any trade in my last article.  To my knowledge, he does not have a "no trade" clause in his current contract,  However, he can refuse to sign an extension with a club that may trade for him, if that occurs.  Sorry for the error.