In light of the Philadelphia Eagles' giving
I grew up near Philadelphia and most, if not all of my family and friends are diehard Eagles fans. They have had, for the most part, a love-hate relationship with their signal-caller, even though he has led the franchise to a remarkable run of prosperity, including five NFC Championship games in the past eight seasons. That is a stretch of success that that would bring tears of joy to fans of the teams I played with during my career, those in New England being the exception.
So how can a quarterback with virtually every Eagles passing record still get a mixed response from his diehard fan base? The most legitimate critiques of McNabb are the football ones, which focus primarily on his inconsistent accuracy and inability to bring home a championship. In fact, he probably never will get his just due in some circles until he wins a Super Bowl. Most discussions about all-time great quarterbacks begin with that all-important resume-topper. But it makes one wonder whether Eagles fans would rather have won one Super Bowl and been 4-12 every other season or been in the thick of things, as they have been with McNabb, playing important postseason contests late into January on nearly an annual basis.
The other critiques of McNabb are much more superficial. Most fans of the Birds with whom I have spoken can't stand his almost perpetual smile while he's playing, even when things aren't going well. Call it
McNabb has provided Eagles fans with an exciting decade of football with an extremely entertaining style. Just like most of other teams would take the Eagles' success in a heartbeat, the same goes for franchises that would love to have him under center. He is a proven winner who has stood in the face of intense criticism for years and handled it with aplomb. Now if only Eagles fans could see as much.
Onto some diverse e-mail and a tweet ...
I think deep down, players have someone they would prefer to see get the job in true competitions, but they realize it is out of their hands anyway, thus pretty fruitless to spend time worrying about it. Most of them are much more focused on their specific role and the tasks at hand, whether that be blocking a defensive tackle or covering a tight end. It is a team sport but an individual business, and players are all independent contractors.
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I get where you are coming from with trust, but Del Rio told defensive tackle
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