Why Donovan McNabb Needs To Go

Colin CoulahanCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2009

Donovan McNabb has been saying all week that he wants a new contract, and wants to retire an Eagle.

He doesn't deserve anything.

What has he done for the team lately?  Yes, he took them to five NFC Championships.  And lost four of them.  Sure, he puts up great numbers but it never seems to be enough.

You know what separates good quarterbacks from the elite ones?  It's this situation—late fourth quarter, down by a score, you got 70, 80 yards in front of you.  What do you do?  Both Mannings can lead their team down the field and score.  Tom Brady does it.  Ben Roethlisberger has won most of his games with fourth quarter comebacks.

What separates the good from the great is making plays in those clutch moments.  McNabb cannot do it.  When has he ever?  The pressure just gets to him, and he crumbles.

And I'm tired of hearing the "he has no receivers" argument.  That is totally false.  Look at what he did the past few weeks with "no receivers".  Great quarterbacks make do with what they have.

Peyton Manning wins with street receivers.  Tom Brady won his first championship with nobody.  Roethlisberger has no offensive line, no solid running game, and has played hurt all year.  And all he does is win.

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McNabb is a good quarterback, he obviously has talent.  He can throw for 300 yards a game and a few TD's, but they aren't clutch.  300 yards can be deceiving.  Joe Flacco didn't put up numbers as sexy as Donovan's, but his are much, much more effective.

You can also put blame on Andy Reid.  His play calling might be questionable, but it's all about what happens on the field.  If your players are not performing it's on them.  If your quarterback is not winning games it is time to move on.

The Eagles game plan for next season should be this - tell all three QB's there is no starter.  Use training camp as an audition.  Use the preseason games as competition.  And whoever wins, do not ever make them feel safe.  Competition breeds excellence.

It's time for the Eagles to start looking towards the post-McNabb era.  If this franchise wants a ring, they are not going to get it with Donovan at the helm.  In this game, it isn't about the overall win, loss, and rating numbers.  It is about the jewelry and No. 5 does not have what it takes to get it.

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