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Donovan McNabb: I 'Absolutely' Don't Have to Apologize for Carson Wentz Comments

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2019

Former Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb walks the field before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Michael Perez/Associated Press

Donovan McNabb isn't apologizing for his critical remarks about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz over the weekend.

On Tuesday, he appeared on Philadelphia radio station 94WIP (h/t Dave Zangaro of NBCS Philly) and doubled down on his comments:

Dave Zangaro @DZangaroNBCS

Here's the main gist of what Donovan McNabb just said on 94WIP. #Eagles https://t.co/GWKIRYou2Q

On Saturday, McNabb suggested the Eagles should draft another quarterback if Wentz was unable to lead the team to a few playoff wins in the coming years (h/t ESPN.com):

"I think in the next two, three years—two years or so—he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs. What Nick Foles was able to do, take them to a Super Bowl and then possibly take them back to the NFC Championship Game, proves that, hey, some people can get into that offense and be very successful. [Wentz] hasn't been healthy. He hasn't really proven to me, besides the year before he got hurt [when] he was, really, an MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that moment."

McNabb later clarified his remarks:

Donovan McNabb @donovanjmcnabb

For those of you who misread, didn’t understand, were confused or just didn’t like my comments let me clarify it for you. Let me start by saying there’s no beef,riff or ill-will toward @cj_wentz or the @Eagles . My comments were strictly based off of experience and understanding

Donovan McNabb @donovanjmcnabb

Of how The Business of football works. You are consistently evaluated everyday, every game and if you are reliable and or healthy enough to play. I know at times as players and fans it can be confusing to move on from a beloved player but due to the business of health

Donovan McNabb @donovanjmcnabb

And trust tough decisions are usually made. Maybe people just didn’t like it because it’s coming from me or I answered a question from one of the talents on the radio the way you didn’t agree with. If that’s how you feel I’m sorry you feel that way. It’s the nature of the game.

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson wasn't a fan of McNabb's comments, however:

Lane Johnson @LaneJohnson65

@donovanjmcnabb 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍...and you wonder why nobody respects you when you come back!!!!

Even former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens—who has famously feuded with McNabb—got in on the action:

Terrell Owens @terrellowens

I know the feeling!! https://t.co/s4HeAMuVXd

Wentz has had injury issues, with each of his last two seasons concluding early due to an ACL tear in 2017 and a stress fracture in his back in 2018. While he was the MVP frontrunner in 2017, leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record in his 13 2017 starts, the team went just 5-6 with him as the starter in 2018. 

Foles, meanwhile, led the team on a late-season surge and a playoff berth, a season removed from leading the team to a Super Bowl title. 

Wentz's comparisons to Foles are inevitable. But it's hard to imagine the Eagles giving up on Wentz or drafting his replacement any time soon, whatever McNabb might have to say on the matter.

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