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Donovan Mcnabb: Hall of Fame worthy?

June 13th, 2013 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Donovan Mcnabb: Hall of Fame worthy? | Filed in Football, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
Is he Hall of Fame worthy?

Is he Hall of Fame worthy?

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has been generating a little bit of press in the past couple of months by officially retiring from the NFL, and making comments about Robert Griffin III’s off-season antics. It has been quite some time since McNabb’s name has even been relevant since his last games back in 2011. I posted a few questions about him on my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and it the resulting comments were not very surprising. During his tenure in Philadelphia, there was a pretty evident split of fans that supported him, and those that did not. In 2013, that split seems to have tilted ever so slightly in the direction of praise. However, the negative is still prevalent. Regardless of individual stance, I received some pretty good feedback on the views of many Philadelphia sports fans.

When a professional athlete retires, one of the first questions we, as fans, ask if whether or not said person is hall of fame worthy. Well? Is he? Don’t grill me for my answer, but yes. He is hall of fame worthy for many reasons. However, there are many other reasons why he will not be inducted (at least not anytime soon).

One could say that McNabb has had a great career. He’s had 6 pro bowl selections, an NFC player of the year award, and NFC championship title, and more division titles than we can count. However, any Eagles fan will tell you that the absence of a Super Bowl Championship has a profound effect on his legacy. After all, when you play for a team with no titles, the QB that brings them the first one will be remembered forever. He brought the Eagles closer than any QB that preceded him, but his failure in completing the task is what I believe brought about the split in McNabb favor and disdain. It’s bittersweet, but should his failure be put on him so much that he isn’t hall of fame worthy? They guy did play with the likes of Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, and Freddie Mitchell as his WRs, and still managed to become a successful quarterback. We all saw what happened when you put a talented receiver around him (albeit a headcase), so what was stopping management from going out and getting another? We may never know. Not only that, but there were other stars on the team as well, including Brian Westbrook and Brain Dawkins.

While they were great at what they did, whose to say an early fumble or a missed tackle didn’t help contribute to a critical loss? Are they any more close to becoming hall of fame worthy than McNabb is? If the answer is yes, then the bias of being QB has gotten a bit out of hand. Yes, as a QB you are supposed to lead your team to victory. However I am going to throw you a bit of a curveball (or maybe a slider…nothing like a good slider on an 0-2 count). Remember the Baltimore Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2001? Who was the leader of that team? Do you remember the name of the QB? What about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003? If you look back at the teams you’ll see that leaders can come from BOTH sides of the ball. Isn’t the LB more times than not the leader on defense? Well…why is Jeremiah Trotter’s name never brought up? I am in no way saying that it’s his fault. However it does give one something to ponder.


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January 3rd, 2010 by Christian | 15 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Mr. Softee

I’ll try to keep this post brief.

That was horrendous.

24 – zip.  And it wasn’t even that close.

McNabb is the worst big game quarterback I’ve ever seen.


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QB/RB Controversy?

October 11th, 2009 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

McNabb & Westbrook Return

Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook return to the starting lineup today for the Eagles after missing three weeks due to injury. Are Eagles fans excited to have them back?
McNabb is recovering from a broken rib, suffered when he took a hard shot in the end zone in the season opener against Carolina. Westbrook has been rehabbing an ailing knee.
In their absence, the Eagles went 1-1 with a bye last week, but had youngsters step in and shine. Kevin Kolb led the team at quarterback, and became the first QB in NFL history to throw for more than three hundred yards in his first two NFL starts. He was named NFL Offensive Player of the Week in week three.
Westbrook’s replacement, rookie RB LeSean McCoy has rushed for 144 yards on 34 carries, with a touchdown. He’s looked quick, fresh and decisive in his running style early on.
Tampa Bay (0-4) shouldn’t pose much of a problem – however, they have beaten the Eagles the last three times they have met, and McNabb has struggled against Tampa, throwing for only three touchdowns and five interceptions. Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber has feasted on the Donovan, returning three of those picks for touchdowns.
My question is: If McNabb plays poorly, how long before Eagles fans call for Kolb?

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Kolb Awesome! Forget Vick and McNabb

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 5 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

kolbKevin Kolb put in another stellar performance this week, his second 300+ yard passing performance in a row, becoming THE FIRST QUARTERBACK IN NFL HISTORY to throw for 300+ yards in his first two NFL starts! (Are you kidding me!?)  In my mind he has earned the starting spot until he falters, at least.

Kolb ran for one TD, and threw for 327 yards and two TDs, including one to DeSean Jackson, who had a career-best 149 receiving yards.  The Eagles trounced the Kansas City Chiefs: 34 -14, bringing their record to 2 – 1.

Michael Vick played for the first time this season, but he did nothing of note to mention.  He had 11 plays, including seven handoffs, resulting in a net of 30 yards.

Jeff Garcia got a few snaps in at the end of the game, and the first snap resulted in a fumble recovered by the Chiefs.  He looked rusty to me, but should be ready to go by mid-season, if needed.

As for my thought on McNabb, he is just not consistent enough, and could not even make it through the first game without injury.


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