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A distinction

We need to make a distinction.  Just because you criticize McNabb, it does not mean you are an idiot.  He is not a perfect player, and there are some legitimate criticisms one can make of him.  He can miss low on his passes, he is not enough of a risk-taker, and he can be streaky.

That said, he is still a great quarterback who has led us to 5 NFC Championships and a Super Bowl.  Of active qb's he has the third-best winning percentage (behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning) and he's done it with very little offensive help.  He has the second-lowest interception percentage in history, and one of only 3 players to ever throw for more than 30 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions (again, in the company of Brady and Manning) in history.  No quarterback is perfect.  Peyton Manning has played some bad games.  Do Colts fans start calling him a no-talent bum and ask that he be traded to a rival or Siberia?  Do they call him useless?  Tom Brady started off this season poorly against the Jets.  Was he ripped by Pats fans?  Did they wish they had Matt Cassel instead?

McNabb has weaknesses.  But if you're going to criticize him, you have to acknowledge his strengths as well.  He throws a great deep ball.  That pushes the safeties back and opens things up for Avant and Celek.  When he's on, this offense is close to unstoppable.  He doesn't make many turnovers.  And he can buy time for his receivers. His play action fake is one of the best in the league, and has set up a ton of big plays for us.

McNabb made some bad throws and mostly checked down last game.  But he was also playing it safe in the second half.  If he does not play better next game, a qb change may be called for.  But you don't bench a quarterback based on one poor performance and one mediocre performance, especially when he was sacked 9 times total. 

I want the Eagles to win.  Kolb showed promise.  But we will not go to the playoffs (this year) with him. If he gives us the best chance to win, that will mean McNabb has regressed severely.

To Joe_D and toofunny77: you should go by some silver and blue gear.  If you really think McNabb has been useless to the Eagles, yet claim to be old, the only logical conclusion is that you have Alzheimer's because you must have forgotten Rodney Peete and Doug Pederson.  McNabb makes a ton of plays and has been the best qb in our division for the last decade.  If you don't think this you are either not a real Eagles fan, uninformed, or (my personal opinion) both.

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