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The Hot Corner:

Trading McNabb is McNuts

April 7, 2010
by Matt Heinrichs - Sports Writer

Six Pro Bowls, five NFC Championship game appearances, four NFC East titles, a Superbowl appearance, the franchise's all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. That is what the Eagles gave away when they traded all-everything quarterback Donovan McNabb to NFC East rival Washington for a second round pick - No. 37 to be exact.

You people in Philadelphia are NUTS!

I may preface this by saying this rant is coming from a life-long Chicago Bear fan - a franchise who hasn't had a quarterback even sniff the numbers McNabb has put up in their 90-some years of existence.

So it hurts to see the Eagles deal the face of their franchise like they're throwing a going out of business sale.

But, why would anyone expect the Eagles franchise or their fans to treat McNabb any differently?

Boos rang out from Radio City Music Hall after the Eagles made McNabb their No. 2 pick in 1999 - apparently Philly fans would have preferred the head case formerly known as Ricky Williams, look how that turned out - and all McNabb did was go on to start six games his rookie season, throwing for 948 yards and eight TDs. A full-time starter in his sophomore season he threw for 3,365 yards and 21 TDs and the rest is history.

The knock on McNabb was he couldn't win the big one, apparently these ungrateful Philly fans forget what the franchise was like in the Pre-Donovan era.

In the six seasons before McNabb came to town the Eagles were a pathetic 44-51 and their last divisional title came in 1988.

Since McNabb took over as a full-time starter in 2000, the Eagles went 103-56 and won five divisional titles, including four in a row from 2001 to 2004 and had just one season where they failed to finish at or above .500 - the 2006 season where McNabb was limited to just nine games due to injury.

You think the man wasn't a key to the resurgence?

Lucky for Donovan, he gets to face his old team twice a year for the rest of his career. What's even better is he gets to do it behind a coach in Mike Shanahan who can actually scheme a run game to take pressure off of his overworked right arm.

If I was Andy Reid I would be shaking in my size 56 slacks, sweat rolling off my mustache at the very thought.

And if I was Donovan I would be chomping at the bit to show the Iggles just how much I have left in the tank and I would have a post game speech ready to tell them exactly where they can shove it. But McNabb is all class, unlike the Eagles.

Then again, Philly fans did throw snowballs at Santa Claus. Would you expect anything less?



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