Friday, February 1, 2008


In case you missed it, the only NFL quarterback actively campaigning for more weapons on offense, defense and special teams said if the Eagles don't come through with help during the offseason, the media will have something to say about it.

Insightful, Mr. Donovan McNabb, who put that word out at Super Bowl XLII.

Bad timing. The last time McNabb played the Patriots, who oppose the Giants for the NFL title this Sunday, was Super Bowl XXXIX. The game highlights/lowlights are plastered all over the tube as that's the last Bowl the Patriots played in.

It's all coming back ...

McNabb answering an Adam Viniatiri field goal giving the Patriots a 24-14 bulge with the second of three interceptions.

And later, in a hurry-up offense that still lives in infamy, McNabb hyperventilated and became ill in the huddle according to teammates.

It was a hurry-up like no other, McNabb needing almost four minutes to score in the so-called two-minute offense and leaving the Eagles only 1-minute, 48-seconds to stop the Patriots and position his team for the tying field goal.

McNabb had weapons - plural - in that game. But McNabb could only get along with Brian Westbrook, not Terrell Owens, the best receiver on his team. Owens was kicked out of town. And now McNabb again is saying he wants big-time help. Did it really take him three years to reach that conclusion?

McNabb made no mention at this Super Bowl of how he's chronically misunderstood by the media and how the Eagles declined to re-work his contract and instead drafted his successor last spring.

All injury excuses aside, McNabb himself won just one game last year - against the unprepared Detroit Lions. That's it. He didn't lose eight games but he only won one. The Eagles picked off Tony Romo three times in Dallas, so don't go even go there.

Until McNabb starts playing like the old McNabb, the quarterback who made the players around him better, he should stop insulting teammates and making himself look like an apologist for media critics of the Eagles.

McNabb ought to keep the focus on himself, not management, as he did so successfully earlier in his career.

Even when McNabb had it his way, even when he lobbied to add Owens, he didn't answer the bell in the biggest game of his career.

Make no mistake, teammates still remember - and will never forget - how he played in Super Bowl XXIX with a full arsenal of weapons.

With the Patriots chasing a perfect season in this, the Super Bowl week,


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