Ever since Donovan McNabb opened his mouth and shared his thoughts about Carson Wentz, it’s all Eagles nation has been talking about.
In case you live under a rock and missed what McNabb said about Wentz, here’s the excerpt from his interview that has everyone chirping:
“I think in the next two years or so he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs. What Nick Foles was able to do taking them to the Super Bowl … proved that some people can get into that offense and be very successful. (Wentz) hasn’t been healthy, he hasn’t really proven to me besides the year before he got hurt and the first year of really (being) an MVP candidate.
He needs to get back to that mode. I think personally if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three years. Really two years to be honest with you, if they can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability.”
Whether you agree with McNabb’s comments or not, they’re impossible to ignore. And it’s become clear that the main issue most people have isn’t related to the message itself, it’s with the person relaying the message.
Could McNabb have framed his comments in a more positive tone? Sure. Was he obligated to do so in any way? No.
McNabb doesn’t care about his relationship with the Eagles organization and its fanbase. His priority now isn’t to pander to us and the rest of the Eagles family, it’s to become an NFL analyst.
McNabb appeared on 94WIP earlier today to discuss his recent comments on Wentz, and all he did was dig himself into an even deeper hole with the fanbase. He doubled down on his remarks and essentially said he will continue to make similar comments if he’s asked about Wentz in the future.
He said things like, “The Eagles aren’t writing me a check”, when asked if he ever thought about framing his comments more favorably towards the Eagles. And when asked about his relationship with the organization he stated, “I have no problem with the Eagles organization.” If you read in between the lines there, he isn’t exactly saying his relationship with the organization is any good, he’s really just saying he’s moved on from it and it doesn’t bother him anymore.
I grew up watching McNabb, he was the first quarterback I ever saw throw a football, I even emulated my throwing motion in the backyard after him. In my heart of hearts, I wish the relationship between us and Donovan wasn’t as strained as it is.
Mistakes were made on both sides, but at the end of the day he should be embraced in this city for what he accomplished during his time here. If he kept his mouth shut about the current state of the franchise I’m sure fans would welcome him back with open arms. But after this most recent incident, you’ll be hard pressed to find any Eagles fan who’s in McNabb’s corner anymore.
One of the last comments McNabb made during his interview on WIP was something along the lines of, “We all want to make everyone happy and hold hands to sing cumbia around a camp fire, but that’s not how life works, and I’m fine with that.”
That right there says it all.
In a perfect world, McNabb would be beloved by Eagles fans and he would love us right back. But that’s just not the reality of the situation, and sadly it seems like it never will be.