Fletcher Smith, Donovan McNabb's agent, has pretty much conceded that when McNabb looks for a team next season, he'll most likely be a backup quarterback.
Whether the Eagles keep Michael Vick (which they shouldn't) or draft a QB of the future (which they should), they'll need another veteran quarterback on the roster. If they give one second of serious consideration to bringing back Vince Young in any quarterbacking capacity, the NFL should probably revoke the team's charter.
The Eagles should cut ties with Vick. They should draft a stud quarterback, and they should bring in McNabb to serve in the role Doug Pederson served McNabb's rookie year.
It will drive the reactionary, rating-obsessed sports-talk-radio morons into a lather that would consume the entire sports-talk-listening portion of the town.
It will stir the angry, vocal minority of the fan base, who have nothing better to do with their morning than sit on hold for 90 minutes so they can sycophantically rant and agree with their faux-angry, millionaire talk-show host/vessels.
But, so what? Donovan McNabb is this franchise's greatest quarterback. From 2000 to 2004, you could make the argument he was up there with Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.
He worked wonders with garbage before Terrell Owens arrived. After that, he came back from a horrific knee injury and still led the Eagles to regular-season and post-season victories, including beating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the Meadowlands in the 2009 playoffs.
Michael Vick has the best receiving corps the Eagles ever had under Andy Reid, the best running back the team ever had under Andy Reid and a tight end almost as good as McNabb's. Yet, Vick's Eagles are a dismal 5-8.
The argument can be made that McNabb played with Jim Johnson's defenses. Okay, but as Johnson, himself, and Johnson fans will readily admit, those defenses were not dominant until the opposition got to the red zone.
The saying was they let opposition "play great between the 20s," and then they would shut them down. "Bend, but don't break."
That's fine, but that also means the opposition either scored a touchdown, kicked a field goal or committed a turnover within the Eagles' 20-yard-line. That also meant most possessions, McNabb's offense started with lousy field position.
Yet, McNabb racked up records in almost every offensive stat there is. Obviously, he was doing some pretty great things, and he was doing them with the Nae Browns, Todd Pinkstons, Freddie Mitchells and James Thrashes of the world.
The one season they gave him the stud wide receiver, he was arguably the best quarterback in the game. Even when Terrell Owens went down with injury, McNabb still pushed the Eagles over the hump and into the Super Bowl.
And about that Super Bowl where everyone claims McNabb played horribly, the numbers don't lie.
McNabb—in a losing effort against the mighty New England Patriots and God's gifts to coaching and quarterbacking, respectively, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady—put up better (or comparable) numbers than the next four Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, two of whom won Super Bowl MVP.
Donovan McNabb threw 30 for 51 for 357 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions (the last of which was a desperation toss as the Eagles had four seconds, no timeouts and about 80 percent of the field to go to win).
Ben Roethlisberger threw 9 for 21 for 123 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Peyton Manning was 25 for 38 for 247 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Eli Manning completed 19 for 34 for 255 yards two touchdowns and one interception...and one remarkable against-the-helmet catch.
Ben Roethlisberger finished 21 for 30 (pretty good) for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Roethlisberger, of course, came through in the clutch that last Super Bowl, but the thing McNabb critics refuse to admit is the last time Donovan had the ball in his hands with any legitimate chance of doing anything, he threw a dart to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone.
The lack of urgency on the part of the Eagles that last drive has been attributed to McNabb, but since McNabb left the team and Kolb, Vick and Young have been behind center for the Eagles, their urgency in those situations does not seem to be much better.
I mean, that 15-minute 80-plus-yard touchdown-drive against Seattle when the team was down 17 in the second half was great and all, but...
Anyway, this defense of Donovan is basically due to the fact that no matter what the agenda-driven media in this town—who either raised a mob to go boo him on draft day and then had to spend 10 years trying to prove they were right in doing so, or the media members who kissed up to the people who raised a mob to boo him on draft day just so they'd get air-time on the radio—say, McNabb deserved better than he got.
He deserves to finish his career playing for the team and city he loved.
He never once bad-mouthed the fans nor asked to be traded. He knows the offense, he knows the coaches, he's a decent guy, and he could serve as a great example of what to do and what not to do as a starting quarterback in Philadelphia for the next franchise quarterback.
Bring back McNabb.