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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.

Chris Frey July 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I liked McNabb when he was here, but his time as an NFL QB has come and gone. He had his chance, not that Vick will get the job done, he won't either. I was there for 4th and 26, and it was one of the best moments in Philly sports history, but McNabb needs to fade away. Bring in the next draft pick and mold him to be a Philly style QB, and let Andy go bye bye. Not enough heart on this team.
Gary B July 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
How can this article be taken down? I'm finding the Patch moderators to be allowing things to go by the way side more and more
Michelle Wolfson July 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Why would the article be taken down?
Lauren Burgoon July 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Hi Gary, This is a sports column one of our PA Patch editors writes weekly that we publish. It's part of the mix of news and opinion columns written by paid staff (as opposed to Local Voices, which are written by bloggers - which anyone can sign up to be on Patch, provided they have something to say.) I'm not sure what you mean by letting things go by the wayside, but if you care to elaborate, please email me, the associate regional editor, at lauren.burgoon@patch.com or our regional editor, Tim Zatzariny, at tim.zatz@patch.com. We're always interested in reader feedback.
Michelle Wolfson July 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I was always a McNabb supporter when he was here. I am not sure he could help our cause in the event of a Vick injury though. True, he has a proven track record here in Philly, although the ultimate prize continually eluded him. But, what has he really done since leaving the franchise? What makes you think he can recapture any of that old glory simply by donning an Eagles uniform again? Not saying I am not willing to try, but I wouldn't necessarily say that he is the "answer". I am the eternal optimist- still hoping and believing that Vick goes i jury free this season!!
Gary B July 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
My inquiry has nothing to due with this piece being on sports more so with the content. Lately those who post in general (and now blogs) on the Patch cannot get through a simple sentence without using vulgarity. Whatever the topic or opinion is, in any written format, it becomes nullified when someone cannot grasp the basics.
Kathy Hawk July 24, 2012 at 02:28 PM
LOL is all I have to say!
NOB HILL July 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
NO other team in the NFL wants him why should the Eagles? It is time to go forward not backwards. I bet Jaws "knows Reid, knows the offense, knows the team, the city and the fans". and since the "pressure won't be so great" Jaws can slim down & be ready for the challege!!!!! ( yep just as stupid as thinking McNabb " can save us from that misery"). It's time to think young not old. ( just look at the "old" Phillies!)
Just doing what's right July 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
McNabb may have put up some good numbers for several seasons, but he didn't put up the numbers when it counted and when the team was in the red zone. He ALWAYS choked causing the Eagles to fall short. He didn't win the super bowl 5 years ago when he was young man, what makes anyone think he can win a super bowl when he's 5 years older. I agree with Nob Hill, no one else wants him, why should the Eagles?
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Well, we did have a lot of this conversation here last week: http://collingswood.patch.com/blog_posts/the-legacy-of-donovan-mcnabb
Reed Rothchild July 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Dino Ciliberti has zero credibility and obviously not much of a clue with this terrible piece. To drag Reggie White's name into this is insulting. and "DeSean Jackson bitched about not having a new contract" - seriously? This guy gets PAID to write sentences like this? I'll take $5.00 for this comment since AOL is apparently giving money away. Thanks!
Tim Durkin July 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Last year the Houston Texans signed Jeff garcia who hadn't played in the NFL for 3 years when McNabb was a free agent being released by Minnesota. You should be getting a call any day to run a NFL team since you obviously know better then the 32 GM's out there that have passed on signing McNabb. Did Wilma ask you to write this article? oh, and I agree with Reed, classless move referencing Reggie White.
Tim Durkin July 24, 2012 at 05:48 PM
seriously, he gets paid to write this? Hope you have a refund policy!
Derrick Smith July 24, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Yes Mcnabb didnt put up numbers when they counted most. Michael Vick hasnt won a playoff game since he been here. Its amazing to me that people say Donovan doesnt win big games but made it to 5 NFC championships. The reason why we let Donovan go was we didnt feel he would win us a superbowl. However now the conversation is just make the playoffs and anything can happen. The Philadelphia Eagles say if a player is going to make our roster better then that is a person we will bring in. The only reason why people are going to say not to bring in Mcnabb over Trent Edwards is becuase they do not like the guy personally. Philadelphia fans only concern themsevles with the little things like "did he throw up during the superbowl" or why does he smile after a bad play. But if you are really a fan of the game you will see he wasnt the biggest problem why we lost those games or eevn the superbowl. This mindset is the exact reason why us as Eagles fan have '0' superbowl rings
@xxLouA July 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
McNabb/Vick sorry to say both at this time are a total waste. McNabb tried several times but never made it. MV on the other hand should be just there......somewhere else, no one wanted him not even his original team. Got to start fresh sometime.......just when?????
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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