Donovan McNabb never got the respect he deserved while he was in Philadelphia.
And apparently, he's still bitter about it.
McNabb, who at his peak was one of the top passers in the game, ended up leaving Philadelphia in less-than-ideal circumstances: With his numbers falling and his production in decline, he was unceremoniously traded to the Washington Redskins before the start of the 2010 season.
At the time, the prevailing wisdom in Philadelphia that McNabb just wasn't good enough--not good enough, that is, to get the Eagles their long-sought first-ever Super Bowl title. A change at quarterback, it was believed, would finally help the Eagles (and coach Andy Reid) get over the hump.
Well, more than two years have passed, Reid is about to lose his job, and McNabb isn't being the least bit shy about sharing his thoughts on the mostly disastrous results that followed his departure.
Speaking on Philadelphia's Comcast SportsNet this week, McNabb said the fact that Reid will soon be out of work simply proves that it's really, really hard to consistently be really, really good in the modern NFL; by extension, of course, the quarterback was insinuating that maybe, just maybe, it wasn't his fault entirely that the Eagles never won a Super Bowl while he was in town, and that maybe, just maybe, Eagles fans didn't know how good they had it during the Reid/McNabb glory years.
Said McNabb: "Making it to the NFC Championship is not easy, and I think [Eagles fans] are starting to see that right now--that getting to the playoffs and going to the NFC Championship consistently, it's just not that easy."
He went on to say that he disagreed with the idea that he and Reid had "nothing to show" for their time together in Philly.
"People want to make it look like you have nothing to show for it," he said. "Well, we have a lot to show for it." - Tim Hyland
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