Donovan McNabb's Last Stand in Philly?

Brad JamesCorrespondent INovember 25, 2008

Before this day draws to a close, I'd be remiss if I didn't wish Donovan McNabb a happy birthday and wish him the best of luck wherever his career takes him in 2009.

For anyone who listens to Philadelphia sports radio, on-line (as I do) or otherwise, or paid attention to Andy Reid's cavalier yanking of McNabb from the lineup against Baltimore, it's apparent Mac-5's days in Philly are numbered.

While Reid gave McNabb the start against the Cardinals Thanksgiving night during his Monday press conference, it's obvious that Iggles fans will have to hope for Kevin Kolb to lead the franchise to greatness because while all the problems swirling about the franchise are not McNabb's fault, he who gets the glory takes the rap in bad times.

After starting 2-3, McNabb seemed to find himself once again as the Eagles amassed three straight victories.

However, the past few weeks have been hard for Philadelphia fans to stomach as a tie to the lowly Bengals was flanked with defeats at the hands of the Giants and Ravens.

Obviously, Reid is a pure disciple of Bill Walsh's innovative West Coast offense and because of his matriculation at Brigham Young, we know he favors the pass.

Nevertheless, as a Broncos fan, I know the danger of this theory. In Denver's defeat to the Dolphins several weeks back, the Broncos netted 14 rushing yards.

That is a recipe for disaster for any team. While Brian Westbrook has been banged up, he seems to be healthy now while Correll Buckhalter has proven himself when called upon (18 car, 93 yards, TD at San Francisco).

Because of divisional pratfalls, the odds are already stacked against the Eagles to even amass a wild card, but if McNabb can make big plays in the passing game against the Cardinals and Philadelphia tries to run the ball enough to keep Arizona honest, a win isn't out of the question.

In the NFL, all it takes is one victory to get on the right track again. With games still remaining against the Redskins, Cowboys and Giants, Philadelphia can come back but McNabb's got to make better decisions and Westbrook has to get more involved

Perhaps this can happen, but at this point of the season the Eagles have a relatively short margin for error so the odds are stacked against it.

Thus, in all honesty, I believe we'll be seeing Kevin Kolb in the midnight green awfully soon while Jeffrey Lurie will begin hoping for next season.