As some of you may know, I'm a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. Today is a sad day for the franchise. Donovan McNabb has been traded to Washington. There goes any shot at winning a Super Bowl in the next three years. In the NFL you need to win now. McNabb was unquestionably their best shot at winning now. They have the other pieces on offense with McCoy, Jackson, Celek, and Maclin. All they had to do was improve the defense and they were set. Now, the best they can be this year is 8-8. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a losing record. Even if Kolb turns out to be a good quarterback, he will struggle this year. When the other pieces are in place you don't rebuild. To quote John Clayton:
"As for the Eagles, who were 11-5 last season, the pressure falls on the unproven quarterback Kevin Kolb," writes Clayton. "With this being his first year as the full-time starter, we can expect a two- or three-win drop in the Eagles' record because first-year starters have difficulty winning close games. The Packers experienced that after they traded Favre to the New York Jets for a second-round choice in 2008. Even though Aaron Rodgers threw for more than 4,000 yards in 2008, he struggled in the fourth quarter of close games, and the Packers dropped from 13-3 to 6-10."
Eagles fans have NO IDEA how good they've had it with McNabb. They are one of the worst fan bases in all of sports. At least they care, but gosh, you just ran one of the ten best quarterbacks in the league off of your team...a guy who has taken you to 5 NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. The guy with the third highest winning percentage of any active quarterback in the NFL behind Payton Manning and Tom Brady. The guy with the lowest rate of interceptions per pass attempt in NFL history...when he's only 34. It's a horrible decision that I am not happy about. My hope for the upcoming season is gone. Let's go Mets.