Why the Eagles' Hatred for Donovan McNabb May Be Enough to Send Him Packing

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field during a 24-0 loss against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It's something that is ever-so-present in the wide world of the NFL.  All of us have it within ourselves to hate one player or another, but when an entire fan base more or less turns on a single guy, the franchise becomes a team divided down the middle.

If you've ever asked a Philadelphia Eagles fan on their opinion of Donovan McNabb, they can easily sum up Donovan's contributions in one word.  Inconsistent. 

Yes, he's led Philadelphia to the Super Bowl, but has he ever gifted them with their desire and lust for a Super Bowl victory?  To be blunt, no, he hasn't.

However, aside from championships and silly stats, the hatred for Donovan McNabb is taken to the next level.  We all know Philadelphia fans are among the most ruthless, unforgiving, and hardest fans to please in the NFL, but why has their been a consistent amount of hate shared amongst the Eagles fan base for over a decade now?

Well it's simple, McNabb hasn't given them the success they've always wanted, and when Eagles fans thought they may be finally reaching that time where their team breaks the plane and hoists the Lombardi Trophy, McNabb chokes and lands himself in a world of doubt.

Take the 2008 NFC Championship Game for example.  Philadelphia vs. Arizona, highly anticipated and sure to please many fans. 

However, at the end of the day we once again saw a Donovan McNabb blunder of a game and a chorus of boos heard all the way from the City of Brotherly Love that is still echoing in present times. 

From possible success to once again unforgiving disappointment, Donovan McNabb lived up to his expectations and gave Eagles fans a reason to now consider trading him to the Oakland Raiders.

Looking at the Eagles as a whole, though, an even more upsetting story is told.  Over the years, I think you'd agree that Philadelphia have had more than one roster of highly talented and successful athletes. 

In the likes of Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, and now DeSean Jackson, no Super Bowl has been won.  Why, I hear you ask?  Well the blame isn't entirely on Donovan McNabb, but he sure does make up a chunk of the percentage.

Throughout the league, there is going to be hate for quarterbacks.  Packer fans (well, for the most part) will always despise Brett Favre for the remainder of his playing days, and San Diego Chargers fans will continue to criticise their owner for not holding on to Drew Brees.

As for Donovan McNabb, well, he is like the dog we've all tried to train, but yet fail to see results.  Season after season of "Could he finally get it done?" doesn't cut it. 

Yeah, he's been to six Pro Bowls, but where are the MVP awards and Super Bowl trophies?

Philadelphia fans are tired of it, I'm tired of writing about it, and the rest of the NFL is asking "When is it going to end?"  We don't hate McNabb, but many people do.  The time has come to make a decision and stick with it. 

For if McNabb fails to deliver once again in Philadelphia, "wake up Kevin Kolb, you're our new starter!" may be the words McNabb will be hearing in two years' time.

If McNabb does try again and deliver some success, well, of course his job will be fine.  For the time being, the hatred is still brewing and it is beginning to affect McNabb's status more than ever. 

It's not at the point where batteries will be thrown at Santa Claus again, but it is at the point where McNabb may be booed out of town right over to California. 

Hate plus screaming fans doesn't equal a successful McNabb.  Nor does it equal a Super Bowl victory.  Hate is negative, and love is positive.  Until Eagles fans can sort that out, Ole Lombardi isn't coming anytime soon.

For Donovan McNabb, he needs to look at the situation as "Do Eagle fans really want me any more?"  If the answer is no, then it's time to lace up and head over to Al Davis or Ken Whisenhunt. 

There's no point staying in the City of Brotherly Love if a brother gets no respect.