Posts Tagged ‘donovan mcnabb’

Stephen A. Smith Yell-Writes Again

March 25, 2010

I opened the internet papers (or I-papes) this morning to see if there were any updates on the rumored McNabb trade and found the latest Stephen A. diatribe.   If you don’t want to damage your eyes/ears by reading it, Stephen thinks the Eagles treatment of McNabb has been “disgraceful.”

Smith says, “It’s fine that the Eagles are contemplating moving on. But McNabb’s failures are connected at the hip with Reid’s. They were supposed to be in this together. But the way the Eagles have conducted this process lacks so much sensitivity, it’s offensive to hear Reid say, “We’re evaluating things,” as if Reid shouldn’t evaluate himself.

Of course Reid should evaluate himself and his well documented deficiencies but after receiving a contract extension, Reid ain’t going to fire himself.  Per Smith, Reid and McNabb should The Hours-style Virginia Woolf themselves together (translation: put large rocks in their pockets and sink into a river, preferably while not knowing how much time is left in a game).

The irony of the situation is the Eagles may have shot themselves in the foot by overvaluing all their quarterbacks, including McNabb.

But not according to Smith:

Instead, they are considering throwing McNabb and his 32,873 career passing yards out like trash.

Word has it Reid is  going to throw over 30,000 yards of twine into a garbage can to symbolize McNabb’s failure. 

McNabb has not been perfect, to be sure. Too many throws have been too low, too high or too hard. He hasn’t always come through under pressure. But there’s something to be said for getting the Eagles in position, for keeping them relevant, for being class personified along the way.

So Smith admits McNabb’s flaws but demands the Eagles not trade him because he’s won several “relevant” and “classy guy” awards for the organization.  McNabb by all accounts seems like a decent human and there’s no grave dancing here if he’s traded but he’s had over ten years to accomplish something he didn’t.

It’s unconscionable, classless, weak – and too ridiculous for McNabb to deal with any longer.

It is indeed unconscionable to trade a quarterback in the NFL, it’s literally never happened before.   McNabb should be quarterback for life.  His good guy-ness should allow him to start until he chooses to retire or dies, Supreme Court style.

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Reid Has Swoop Ask McNabb To Shut Door, Draft Was Getting In

November 25, 2008
Swoop is allegedly the Eagles' mascot

Swoop is allegedly the Eagles' mascot

While studying film of the Arizona Cardinal defense earlier this afternoon, Andy Reid was chilled to the bone and noticed that the door to his office was open.  Reid then spotted 10 year veteran Donovan McNabb standing outside studying his playbook. 

Unable to any longer communicate directly with McNabb , Reid began to slam his foot to attract his attention.  When it became clear that this wasn’t working, Reid began to try to make that whistle noise with a blade of grass.  Reid quickly realized he had never mastered the art and began looking through his Rolodex to find someone who would approach McNabb for him.  After reaching several voice-mails, Reid eventually contacted mascot Swoop who arrived and performed a lame jig while flapping his wings towards the door. 

McNabb eventually closed the door on his own accord, never quite figuring out what Swoop was trying to tell him or who Swoop was. 

Reid Reveals Two-Headed Quarterback Strategy, Calls It Wilder Cats

November 24, 2008
McNabb mentors Kolb, suggesting he never learn 2 minute offense

McNabb mentors Kolb, suggests he never learn 2 minute offense

Coach Reid quelled any doubt as to who would start against the Cardinals on Thursday when he announced that Donovan McNabb would resume his role as starter.  He then insisted that Kevin Kolb would also be on the field for every offensive snap. 

When questioned whether this was legal / a good idea, Reid said, “I just have to do a better job of putting my guys in a position to succeed, often the positions I put them in are unnatural to their traditional roles and make it much easier to stop our one dimensional offense.”

When informed of Reid’s decision, McNabb clapped ( it was uncertain whether he was being supportive or sarcastic) and said, “Coach knows best, that’s why I’m not the coach.  I just hope to play a few downs at center.”

Reid said he wasn’t exactly sure how he would rotate the two but insisted neither would play fullback.  That role was awarded to tight end LJ Smith.

Reid also hinted that Mcnabb and Kolb may play with one standing on the other’s shoulders, wearing a #45 jersey that reads “McKolb”