Since 1999 the unquestioned leader of the Philadelphia Eagles has been Donovan McNabb. 2010 marks the first year in over a decade where a new starting quarterback will be tasked with bringing the city of Philadelphia closer to the Holy Grail that is the Lombardi Trophy.
Management has made it clear that they have sided with Andy Reid and have offered support in cleaning house for him to reinvent his team.
When Reid was re-signed during¬†last season, it pretty much left McNabb on an island to either win the Superbowl or to become the scapegoat easily allowing his departure from Philadelphia.
The last 2 games McNabb played in were two of the worst I have seen in the time he has been on the team. Granted it was not his fault entirely, his departure was expected, and generally embraced by fans in the city.
Having said that the question asked is, “Who will replace McNabb as the leader of this team?” ¬† This squad is extremely young. Kolb will have a tough task ahead of him to win the respect of his team and the city.
While we hope Kolb can jump right in and lead the team to the playoffs, he will have to roll with the growing pains that¬†come with¬†being a young quarterback in the NFL and understanding how to manage a city that is passionate and not afraid to show its discontent.
Is Desean Jackson ready to lead the team? I think if Jackson gets his big pay day he is capable of handling the media of Philadelphia and taking some responsibility on his shoulders.
Within minutes of the trade he was on ESPN giving his thoughts of which were only positive for the situation. I like the way he handles himself.
This offseason has been filled with surprises and still has some unanswered questions.¬†The Eagles are stacked with draft picks and it will be very interesting to see what happens come draft day.
Change has happened in Philadelphia. The question remains was it change for the sake of change, or change for the better?
Only time will tell.