It appears Donovan McNabb is headed out of Philadelphia.
Eagle fans have been baffling me on this issue for a long, long time. For over a decade, McNabb has played near, at or above an All-Star level at the quarterback position. The Eagles are perennial contenders for their division and in the playoffs. Yet it's hard to imagine anyone bitching more about their QB than Eagles fans. I can only imagine that this stems from a lack of perspective; it's easy to lose sight of what it's like to have a bad QB when you haven't had one for a long time. Look, I'm a Bears fan. I would be ecstatic to have just gotten 11 seasons of McNabb. You want to enjoy the Rick Mirer era? You want to know what it's like when Jim Miller or Erik Kramer represents the pinnacle of quarterbacking for your favorite team since you were 5 years old? You want to have to pin all your hopes on Jay Cutler? Bears fans pine for the days of Jim McMahon. Jim McMahon. He of the 78.2 career quarterback rating. Bears fans talk about Jim McMahon like he's Joe Montana, but I'm sorry, he just wasn't that good.
I know McNabb isn't Peyton Manning. I know he has been aggravating, even maddening at times. I know it's frustrating to knock on the door so many times and not win it all. But knocking on the door is a lot better than being stuck at the curb. I will take Donovan McNabb over that alternative every time.
Enjoy the Kevin Kolb era, guys.