Well once again it’d appear that the Philadelphia Eagles and their Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb may be coming to an impasse. With McNabb seeking an extension to his contract , the player has also made it clear that he’d also like to see what direction that they’re apparently going in. In particular when it comes to strengthening the roster.
For the last two years the team has been underserved in terms of its receiving corps and the lack of a real running game. Owner Jeffey Lurie and General Manager Joe Banner haven’t exactly been forthcoming when it comes to putting a competitive team on the field of play. Looking primarily at McNabb and Brian Westbrook this team lives and dies by the performance of their aging veterans. And but for their defense it has to be said that there isn’t much to this team athletically or competitively.
Coach Andy Reid has been through his own torrent of emotions with the Eagles on and off the field. And the toll that it has taken on him emotionally could well be leading him to make a decision that has been long overdue. If nothing else this last season he was able to perhaps pull of his best coaching accomplishment in years. Making lemonade out of let’s just say sour lemons was quite astonishing when one considers the season that the team had.
They’d been left for dead for sure and managed to come back from the abyss to make it all the way to the NFC championship game. There they’d fall to the unlikely Arizona Cardinals. The game itself basically sealed the Eagles’ fate for the season and any postseason ambitions that they had. If nothing else it proves that the franchise was capable of facing adversity head on. But when it came to that final push it was clearly beyond them.
Philadelphia Eagles’ fans are loyal to a fault. But at the end of the day there’s only so much that they can bare. And it can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that went things aren’t going right for the franchise they the fans tend to let their emotions run away with them. And in doing so they tend to go overboard when it comes to voicing either approval or disapproval as to where the franchise is going or what it is that they’ve achieved.
It has to be said that when it was announced that McNabb had been drafted by the franchise. His arrival was accepted with all the fervor of a group who’d thought that they’d been betrayed by an ownership and management who clearly didn’t know what the hell it was that they were doing. McNabb through the ensuing years has proven to the fans that he could lead the franchise. Albeit that his leadership skills have come into question repeatedly over the years. In-fighting and very little real communication or leadership has all but led this franchise to implode. Self indulgent behavior and no one is prepared to held accountable for their actions. And one could see that in Andy Reid , here was a coach who’d all but lost the team when it really mattered. Confidence in them may well have been the real issue.
If the quarterback’s demands aren’t met then it has to be said the team has to move in a completely new direction altogether. Contract extension or not this team has progressively either made it to the top of the mountain. But then all too quickly fallen off the summit inexplicably without a reason as to its shortcomings. It were as if it’s half expected to be that way, season in, season out for the franchise. Mediocrity and the contrivance that as long as they defeat the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants during the regular season that is enough for the team in terms of success.
If we’re going to question the actions as to what McNabb is after then we’ve also got to look at whether or not what he’s trying to achieve is actually worthwhile. In the past he’s made this type of request before . He got his wish when the team made the trade for the often troubled, talented and mercurial Terrell Owens. Not quite a match made in heaven. But it proved profitable in the fact that it took them to the Promised Land by way of a Superbowl appearance. However in the aftermath of the loss to the New England Patriots . It soured the relationship between the two players and we were left wondering who of the two may well have been the more immature ? Name calling and other such child like tendencies and it has to be said watching the events that’ve unfolded in Philadelphia has been akin to watching a daytime soap opera. Only in this case there’s no sex , murder or hint of the questioning of a cast member’s sexuality. There may well have been Owens questioning McNabb’s intestinal fortitude at the end of the game itself . But that was then and this is now. And it’d appear that it’s the player who’s now questioning the resolve of the franchise and its overall ambition.
And should the unthinkable happen and they seek a parting of the ways. Then I’d like to think that both parties will have thought this out thoroughly . It’s not as if McNabb can’t survive without Philadelphia. The question is however can the Philadelphia Eagles survive without Donovan McNabb ?. Because if anything the fans before McNabb didn’t really have all that much to really cheer about as to their fortunes. Now in the wake of what could be a monumental mistake. I doubt that they’re going to like the view of someone else helming this team. McNabb may well be testing that resolve or he may well be looking to maneuver his way out of Philly. But in reality should push come to shove , someone if not both parties will be looking to profit from this all. The question is who at this present moment in time has the upper hand in this all ?