The loss of perennial MVP candidate
"He just had everything going," coach
After suffering through a pair of season-ending injuries in 2005 (sports hernia) and 2006 (ACL), McNabb spent most of last season attempting to find his rhythm in the pocket. Although his statistics (3,324 passing yards, 61 percent completion rate, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions) were some of the best in his career, McNabb's play was uneven for most of the year, and he failed to look like one of the top players at his position. However, his play improved significantly down the stretch, and the signs were apparent McNabb was poised for a big season in 2008.
"The last three games of the season [last year], I felt like he was back to his old form," Reid said. "I think that he just picked it up from there."
If his season opener is any indication, McNabb is well on his way to regaining the form that led him to five consecutive Pro Bowl bids from 2000 to '04 while leading the Eagles to four straight NFC title game appearances.