• December 6, 2022

McNabb Dealt, Excitement Builds For 2010 Season

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.

Matt Fratantoro

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April 6, 2010 8:37 am

I disagree. How could someone whoes every word was rehearsed and sarcastic be the leader of a football team? McNabb may was the “leader” by default because QB’s are automatically looked at as “leaders”, but I doubt seriously that the team viewed him as such. McNabb always said people arent’ leaders because of what they say, but what they do on the field. If that’s the case, he definitely wasn’t the leader. Dawkins, Westbrook, Trotter…they were the players that the team looked to.

April 6, 2010 10:04 am

Plenty of leadership type of players..
Offensively,Kolb,Weaver,Celek,Herremans & Avant and D-Jax
Defensively there is Bradley,Mickell,T Cole and new player Tapp

Just think after the draft when the Eagles will have Tim Tebow on the squad…

April 6, 2010 10:06 am

Unquestioned leader? Put down the joint please. A leader leads from the front, doesn’t mope around. Doesn’t point fingers at defense or talk about youth, etc.

April 6, 2010 10:29 am

The sum of these parts is greater as a whole. These guys want to play ball together and now they will. Kolb has the respect of his teamates and will only strengthen it with great interviews and the way he keeps it real. McNabb was a PHONIE PHONIE PHONIE defacto leader installed by the Big Man. These young guys now have the chance to form their own chemistry.

April 6, 2010 10:41 am

Just when you think this front office couldn’t POSSIBLY be any dumber…..


April 6, 2010 11:15 am

I’m sure all 32 teams have take a look at Tebow, I just don’t see any sense of drafting him. I’ll throw out my pick again…5th round Eagles select, John Skelton QB, Fordham U.

April 6, 2010 11:26 am

Paulman, what does your today’s mock look like? We need big help on defense and a OG who can play.

April 6, 2010 11:27 am

Tebow is going to be drafted in the 6th round to serve as team chaplain and to patrol South Philly at night keeping the Birds out of trouble.

anderson silva
anderson silva
April 6, 2010 12:26 pm

A leader tells everyone what to do, then most importantly, says “Follow me” We will see who steps up.

April 6, 2010 6:39 pm

What excitement are you referring to? Hope it’s not Obama change!