Philadelphia Eagles: Post-McNabb Era

James WhiteContributor IApril 5, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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First, I've got to say what a great draft choice Donovan McNabb was. It's not often you can get a first round pick who can play 11 'successful' seasons for you and then trade him for a second-round pick (and a third or fourth).

He was unquestionably my favorite quarterback in the NFL during most of his career. There may have been better passers out there, but McNabb's enigmatic quality was often a joy to behold.


2010 Draft Questions

When I heard that the Eagles had given Eric Berry a private workout, I considered it to be a bit of a waste of time. Then news came that Brown and Gucong had been traded to the Browns, and I wondered if there was any more to that trade.

Perhaps they had also discussed a possible trade scenario should Berry still be on the board when the Browns are on the clock.

Now that McNabb has been traded, it makes this scenario more likely and adds the Redskins to the list of possible trade partners, especially considering that the Redskins have a lot of needs and don't have a pick in the second or third round.

The McNabb trade is in no way a catastrophe, but what would be considered catastrophic would be to waste the newly acquired draft pick on a second-round flop like Victor Abiamiri or Trevor Laws have been.

Whichever way the draft goes, this draft pick needs to be a success in order for the McNabb trade to be considered a smart move. Using it to move back up the draft board in an attempt to acquire Eric Berry would be one scenario. 

Here are a couple of other draft scenarios:

  • Round 1 - Earl Thomas      (Scenario 2) - Kyle Wilson
  • Round 2 - Devin McCourty  (Scenario 2) - Nate Allen
  • Round 2 - Daryl Washington
  • Round 3 - A. J. Edds
  • Round 3 - J. D. Walton


Getting Behind Kolb

The Eagles defense may be rebuilding, but O-line questions aside this offense ready to go. Kolb still has to find his feet in the NFL and we can't expect him to fill McNabb's shoes immediately, not only does he have to adjust to being a starter but the coaching staff have to adjust the offense to his strength, which in some ways means finding them first.

Other than the Jamal Jackson injury questions, I expect the O-line to be better this year. It was a new line last year, and injuries to nearly every starter mean they had no time to get it together and gel as a unit.

From what we've heard from the Eagles camp, I expect Stacy Andrews to step up this year; let's hope Jackson makes a good recovery.


A BIG Question! 

Who do you think will have a better season in 2010... McNabb or Kolb?

I don't expect Kolb to make the numbers in his first season that McNabb used to. But he's had a couple of years to learn the system, he has better options at receiver, and if you think our O-line is in trouble, the Redskins have far more serious issues.

On the flip side, McNabb is a pro bowl quality Quarterback, but he has to learn a new system, work with new receivers, behind a poor O-line, and Cooley has some injury question marks.



Now the post-McNabb-trade shock has warn off you can't really argue that this works out better for the Eagles in the long-term.

He'll definitely be missed in Philadelphia, even if Kolb is a success, McNabb may have not won the Super Bowl, but he gave us good times.

Now I have to decide on which player to put on the back of my Eagles jersey.


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