There is a ton of speculation surrounding whether McNabb will be traded this offseason. The Eagles have a decision to make and they cannot keep delaying the inevitable. Do they stick with #5 or do they move in a new direction and hand over the reigns to the quarterback that they surprisingly drafted with the 36th pick in the 2007 NFL draft? I say the Eagles should go with Kevin Kolb and here’s why.
I’ve always been critical of Donovan McNabb. He simply strikes a nerve with me. It’s for all the obvious reasons: he has never won a Super Bowl after having several legitimate chances to do so, he has been injured way too many times, he doesn’t take the game seriously enough, and he is terribly inaccurate. What bothers me the most is when he throws the ball straight into the ground or 10 feet over the receivers head on 3rd down and smiles and laughs about it. That drives me absolutely nuts.
McNabb is far from a consistently accurate QB. McNabb supporters will point to his interception to passing attempt ratio being amongst the best in the league. That is a great characteristic of McNabb. He rarely turns the ball over. That’s because he rarely gives the opposing team to opportunity intercept him because the majority of his passes are over- or under-thrown. I would rather focus on his completion percentage.
In 2009, McNabb was 20th in the league — not even in the top half! Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, David Garrard, and Jason Campbell all had better completion percentages then McNabb. That is unacceptable! This wasn’t just one isolated year. In 2008, McNabb was ranked 18th in completion percentage. Jason Campbell, Shaun Hill, Trent Edwards, and Jeff Garcia all ousted McNabb in the category. McNabb beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick by a mere 0.8%. In 2007, McNabb was ranked 20th. Beaten by Joey Harrington, Brian Griese, Jon Kitna, Sage Rosenfels and Vince Young. In 2006, McNabb was ranked 23rd. Again beaten by Joey Harrington and others such as Damon Huard, J.P. Losman, and Mark Brunell. I could go on, but I think I made my point. For the last 4 season, McNabb hasn’t even cracked the top 50% in completion percentage and his completion percentage was worse than Joey Harrington during 2 seasons.
I’ve made my case about McNabb. Now what do I like about Kevin Kolb? Everything. I like Kolb’s work ethic, attitude, and most importantly his skills on the football field. Kolb has the attitude of a winner. You can see that he takes the game very seriously when he plays. He plays the game with a passion that cannot be met by McNabb. Kolb throws a beautiful football. It’s usually a tight spiral delivered right on the money. He rarely over and under-throws receivers like McNabb. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen enough meaningful games from Kolb to have a perfect picture of his capabilities. We have the previous season’s Ravens debacle and two games this past season against the Saints and Chiefs to judge him.
I don’t put any weight into the Ravens game. If McNabb was playing awful against the Ravens on a full week of preparation, what makes anyone think that Kolb would do any better against the Ravens without any preparation? Kolb at least was able to move the football and pick up first downs. He just made a few stupid rookie mistakes against a pretty good safety by the name of Ed Reed. A more telling story of Kolb is how he played against the Saints and Chiefs. In both games, Kolb threw over 300 yards and had 2 TDs.
Another reason that I feel that the Eagles should choose Kolb as their starting QB next season and trade McNabb is because the Eagles have a young football team at the skill positions. With DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and LeSean McCoy all 25 years or younger, I think it’s better to have a young QB to grow and develop with them. I think Kolb has a better rapport with those players. Just look at how well the offense played together with Kolb against the Chiefs. Granted, it was the Chiefs, but we got a glimpse of what the future offense would look like with Kolb and these great young players. Bleeding Green Nation has reported that when the young players have a question about the offense, they tend to go to Kolb instead of McNabb.
I think it’s time for a new era in Philadelphia and that Kevin Kolb should be the Eagles starting quarterback next season. Trade McNabb for a 2nd-round and a 5th-round pick. Pick up an offensive lineman in the first round and then focus on building up the defense in round 2 and 3. It’s the Eagles blue print for success.
Jay should be making his case for why McNabb should return to the Eagles shortly.
I just read your “opinion” I put quotations around opinion due to the fact I’m about to give you my “opinion”. You try to speak that Mcnabb supporters turn to the interception ratio. You say this because its the only fact you know. Here are some more “facts” If Andy Reid ran the ball more, Mcnabbs percentage would be higher. McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC championship games, one super bowl,that Mcnabb played well in. Last but not least, Mcnabb had a few injuries, one major injury due to a cheap shot against Atlanta. Mcnabb missed fewer games then the beloved Brian Westbrook. If you give Mcnabb talent, He succeeds . After all,isnt the NFL all about winning? Check Mcnabbs win percentage,then see if you say that Joey Arrington, Ryan Fitzpatrick,and all the other 2nd string QB’s stats compare then.
You raise a legitimate point that McNabb’s completion percentage would be higher if Andy ran the ball more. I agree with you, but I still stand by my opinion that his accuracy is still not enough to pass muster with me. McNabb’s winning percentage is also helped by the Eagles incredible defense over the years. I don’t believe McNabb is an elite NFL QB. He was top 5 a few years ago, but he may not even be cracking in the top 10 right now. I think Kolb can be a better QB than McNabb and that’s the bottom line.
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