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Donovan McNabb says what the Eagles did at quarterback is "dumb"

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Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, former Eagles franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb stated he didn't approve of Philadelphia's trade to move up to No. 2 in order to select Carson Wentz. In a recent interview with Dan Levy of BillyPenn.com, McNabb once again ripped the Eagles' quarterback situation. He went as far to call it "dumb" on multiple occasions.

You know the whole thing about it which is funny to me? When people jumped on Sam Bradford because he was seeking a trade, I told people, man, I said ‘I’ll be honest with you, I don’t blame him.’ Think about this whole situation, and I had to explain it to people because they think he needed to come back and compete. I said even if he competes and they go 9-7 or 10-6 and he plays the whole year, it’s time for the young kid to step in and play.

If he’s not ready in year two, then that was dumb on the Eagles’ part.

I said it in a sense that, did I think that the Eagles should have brought Sam Bradford back? No, but then I said yes because to be honest with you I didn’t have Chase Daniel in the mix to even come to Philadelphia. I knew Andy liked Chase Daniel and he was a good backup for Alex Smith. So it’s funny because it’s the same situation that Doug came over to be the head coach in Philadelphia just like when Andy came over. Who did he bring over? He brought the backup quarterback that he was coaching in Doug Pederson over.

So now you’ve got Doug in the same situation with Chase Daniel and now you sign — which was dumb — you sign Sam Bradford to a multi-year deal and give him big money, then you trade picks to move up to No. 2 – that was dumb. I mean, nothing against Carson Wentz, but why would you do that? That’s just a bad business decision from the Philadelphia Eagles.

McNabb is hardly the first person to criticize the Eagles for the quarterback decisions they made this offseason. Bradford, who is now a lame duck, obviously has his fair share of doubters. A number of people have complained about Daniel being paid so highly as a backup. Others felt like the Eagles gave up way too many assets to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in order to get Wentz, a quarterback from a NCAA Division I FCS school.

There are definitely fair concerns about what the Eagles did. In fairness, though, the moves could also work out in a good way. Bradford can help the Eagles be competitive in the short-term. Then the Birds might be able to trade him for a draft pick after the season. Daniel could be a nice backup to have behind Bradford now and Wentz later. The Eagles are obviously hoping Wentz can be their franchise passer for the considerable future.

Even if it doesn't work out, I don't think what the Eagles did at quarterback is dumb. The process (shout out to Sam Hinkie) they used was a good one. You need a franchise passer in order to be a yearly contender. The McNabb era was perfect evidence of that! C'mon, Donny.

McNabb touched on a bunch of other topics in his interview with Billy Penn. Go read the entire thing.