Donovan McNabb's Return To The Philadelphia Eagles Is Again In Doubt
Every year that doesn't end in a Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles is another year that rampant speculation begins about quarterback Donovan McNabb's future with the team.
Eagles fans, it seems, are always ready to run one of the most productive quarterbacks of this era out of town. But writer Mike Tillery makes the case that McNabb should leave for another reason — his own safety:
Andy Reid’s non-committal to a balanced offense does not bode well for any quarterback over age 30. Given McNabb’s injury history long before his 30th birthday, you would think that Reid would’ve made the necessary adjustments to keep McNabb out of harm’s way. Wherever McNabb goes from here, he will be blessed with an above average running attack -which could be any of the remaining 31 teams.
Older quarterbacks can be productive in the NFL, but the thing that guys like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and, to a lesser extent, Kurt Warner, have in common are very good offensive lines to protect them.
McNabb's once-trademark mobility is all but gone and he's now been a traditional pocket passer for several seasons now. There are always several quarterback-needy teams. Miami, Washington and Denver all have not only a potential need, but are veteran teams that could surround McNabb with talent.
Since his name is discussed every year, it's hard to actually believe McNabb will leave Philly, but if he does, with an intriguing backup in Kevin Kolb, who had two productive games in his only career starts, in the fold, as well as an offense full of young talent, the true end to the McNabb era in Philadelphia might be closer than ever.