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Philadelphia Eagles Need McNabb as Backup Quarterback

If Philadelphia Eagles star QB Michael Vick goes down with an injury, Coach Andy Reid and his staff might be gone, too. Donovan McNabb provides insurance.

The Philadelphia Eagles opened training camp at Lehigh University Sunday with the same expectations as last year—to win it all.

But the mantra is a little different for Coach Andy Reid this year—it's win or else.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie made that quite clear during his end-of-season speech when he soured on a franchise that had such high expectations after several top-of-the-line free agency signings only to see Reid and his team do a belly flop throughout the whole year.

But the Dream Team turned into Team Turmoil as wideout DeSean Jackson bitched about not having a new contract and Pro Bowler Asante Samuel complained about the competition at the cornerback spot.

Well, Jackson now has a new contract and Samuel has been jettisoned.

But Reid must win this year or else.

And if the Birds are expecting quarterback Michael Vick to make it through the season without injury, then they are also expecting Reggie White to come back from the grave to lead the defense.

Not gonna happen.

So why not sign Donovan McNabb as Vick's backup?

Yes, McNabb had his moments with the fans. But the man had a proven track record of success quarterbacking this team for a decade.

How many players out there led his team to four straight NFC East championships, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl?

No one ever on this franchise.

If the Birds get their wings clipped with a Vick injury, who better than good ol' No. 5 to extend their winning ways.

Do you really believe that Mike Kafka can do that? Or Trent Edwards? Forget the rookie QB.

There's only one answer to this big problem. And that's McNabb.

Imagine his smile as he lights up the Linc filling in for Vick. Or keeping those interceptions low by throwing every ball into the ground by a receiver's feet. Or making that mad scramble, like he's moving in quicksand, for that first down.

Yes, our Donovan.

No player in Eagles history did what McNabb did at QB. Check the stats. You won't find Jaws or Mr. Cunningham.

McNabb holds just about every record in club history.

And the pressure won't be so great so don't worry about those dead-end stops in Washington and Minnesota. McNabb has to be a backup.

He's slimmed down and is ready for the challenge.

He knows Reid, knows the offense, knows the team, the city and the fans. And if he knows and accepts his role, this deal is a no-brainer.

'Cause if Vick falters or gets hurt, it's going to be another season of misery. Only McNabb can save us from that misery.

Now might be the perfect timing.

Sean McCullen July 25, 2012 at 01:44 AM
No one can ever take the 4th and 26 game away from those of us who were there. Great, great moment. Sure, in the end, it only meant one more week of football (and what an awful day that was for those of us who were there for that one) but 4th and 26 was special. I've never hugged so many people in my life, been offered free drinks by so many people in my life ...
rev July 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
So all of the blame of McNabb's lack of success falls on McNabb alone? No, Andy Reid shares the blame with McNabb. Reid needs to go so a new era could begin!
Giants&Yankeesfan247365phillies&eaglessuck July 30, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Who cares who their QB is the Eagles are never winning a superbowl with or without Andy Reid as their head coach face it Eagles are cursed. GO GMEN!!!
Richard Ebner October 18, 2012 at 06:51 AM
He is done, though...and even though he had some flashes of brilliance when he was younger and had a Bazooka arm and Running backs legs and moves, he could never get the big one done.
Richard Ebner October 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Ya know, there is a young baseball player working his way up in High School and Independent Leagues. He will probably get a partial ride in College and who knows after that. Ben Karp is his name and he is Dr. Karp's grandson. Keep your eyes open, everyone wish him well and someday he may have his chance to give Cinnaminson a name!

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