Dear Donovan McNabb Lovers: Tell Your Boy to Lose Somewhere Else

WesAnalyst IJune 22, 2011

Rally the troops McNabb. Or not.
Rally the troops McNabb. Or not.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Donovan McNabb is one of the most polarizing athletes in the NFL and his supporters are some of the most delusional.

Thanks to McNabb practicing with members of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, it's only a matter of time before a bunch of his blind loyalists will suggest that the six-time Pro Bowler would be a perfect fit with the Philadelphia Eagles this season.

They will try to support their claim through his quote on, where he said to Matt Terl: "But 2011's going to be a special season. A season in which I feel that I’ve prepared myself well—not just conditioning and strength-wise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season. And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I’ll prove you wrong.”

In an attempt to bolster their case, they will tell you that McNabb is the greatest quarterback in the franchise's history and he would be a perfect backup for Michael Vick if and when he gets injured because he knows Andy Reid's system well.

Too bad they don't see the contradictions, irrelevant comments and total lies.

Let's start with the quote.

If McNabb really feels 2011 is going to be special, why in the world would he want to be a backup?

And if his loyalists actually buy into what he is saying, then why would they want him parked on the bench at the start of the season, holding a clipboard?

We all know the only way he would get onto the field with the Eagles is through a Vick injury. To make matters worse for McNabb, the only way he would stay on the field is if Vick went down with a season-ending injury.

With McNabb's quote out of the way, it's time to point out the irrelevancy of the tag "Greatest Quarterback in Franchise History."

If that carries any weight, then why don't the Eagles bring back Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook and David Akers?

Why didn't they try to have Jon Runyan give it a go when he was still looking to play football last season?

All of those players were arguably the greatest at their respective positions in franchise history and similar to McNabb, they are washed up.

It would be easy to point out McNabb's stats last year to support this layup of an argument. Instead, it is much easier to point out that McNabb was benched for Rex Grossman.

Once that happens, you can mail it in and say something like, "It's the only argument I need, Shawn!"

The last piece of evidence McNabb's supporters will toss out there is how good of a backup he would be if and when Vick gets too banged up to play.

This gives Philadelphia Eagles fans a chance to defend McNabb, while also bashing him and Andy Reid at the same time.

When McNabb was here we all saw his biggest weakness was his inaccuracy.

The last time I checked, isn't a coach supposed to put his players in a position to succeed?

Maybe I'm missing something here, but asking your quarterback to throw the ball 51 times in the Super Bowl is setting him up for failure.

Yes, the quarterback should accept a burden like that. But we know McNabb, and many other quarterbacks, can't handle that. 

So why in the world would McNabb succeed this time around?

Is Reid going to magically transform into Vince Lombardi and teach the Power Sweep or suddenly turn into Hank Stram and run 65 Toss Power Trap?


He would ask McNabb to throw the ball about 65 percent of the time and accentuate his biggest weakness as a player.

To point out something even more ridiculous about McNabb coming back to Philadelphia, consider the idea of Vick getting hurt.

If Vick gets knocked out for an extended period of time, it is going to be because he is on the run due to an ineffective offensive line. And if Vick's speed and athleticism aren't good enough to help him avoid injury, what makes anyone think McNabb won't end up with a serious injury?

Go to Arizona, Minnesota or Cincinnati, leave us alone and continue to lose.