When the Eagles' 2010 schedule was released, the first game everyone looked for was the home game with the Redskins. That game is upon us and it means that former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will be returning to Philadelphia.
After spending over a decade in Philadelphia, McNabb was traded to a divisional rival. This meant that we wouldn’t see him out on the field every weekend, instead we’ll see him lining up across from us twice a year.
Both sides are trying to downplay the emotions that will be swirling for this game. McNabb says he will approach it as just another game and Eagles head coach Andy Reid says they have to focus on more then just one guy. Although they both may mean what they say, there’s a whole lot more to it then that.
For Reid and McNabb, their entire relationship in Philadelphia was with one another. McNabb was the first ever draft pick selected by Reid, and they accomplished a lot of things together (minus one biggie). The grew very close to one another in that time, and that’s something that you can’t hide. However, both are trying to prove that they can continue their winning ways without the other.
There are many Eagles on the team right now who spent time playing with McNabb. They know what type of guy McNabb is and that he may want to win the game on Sunday more than anyone else on the field. There’s also a lot of rookies and other new additions who didn’t have the opportunity to play with McNabb. However, there’s no doubt that they know who he is and what he did for Philadelphia.
I think both sides will be extra geared up for this game. However, you don’t want to see this have a negative effect. It’s the first divisional game of the year and with the way the things have gone early in the division, the game is even more important.
The Eagles main focus needs to be winning, not just beating Donovan McNabb.