The Philadelphia Eagles are the talk of the NFL after a week of big-time acquisitions including cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive linemen Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, running back Ronnie Brown and big name back-up QB Vince Young. Because of these additions, and some players already on their roster like Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have been installed as the sexy pick to win the NFC (knocking off the defending champion Packers in the process). But not everyone in the world is feeling the Eagles heat. One former player, Donovan McNabb, says if you peel back a few layers you’ll see the alleged powerhouses actually have a lot of problems.
“You’ve got to worry about DeSean [Jackson],” McNabb said, referring to the receiver’s current status as a camp hold out. “When he comes back are you going to give DeSean the ball or throw it to [Jeremy] Maclin? Remember, you have to give LeSean McCoy the ball, too. And then at the end you still have to pay Mike Vick. They have more problems than people are looking at.”
Yeah, having too many weapons is a big problem Donovan. That wasn’t something you had to worry about last year in Washington, and if a couple wide receivers don’t step up for the Vikings, it’s not something you’ll have to worry about on your new team either.
It’s possible Donovan’s lukewarm opinion of the Eagles’ prospects is at least partly inspired by bitterness over the fact that, when he was in Philly, they never helped him by going on this kind of a free agent spending spree. Did I say it’s possible? I meant it’s almost certain. Donovan left little doubt about the motives behind his criticism when he said:
I was there for 11 years, and the biggest thing we brought in was T.O.. Now they’re getting the so-called “Dream Team.” It’s amazing, but I look back on my career and what they’re doing now . . . that’s great; that’s excellent. But you’re seeing another side. You’re seeing Andy [Reid] taking that chance. It’s not just taking that chance on one guy. They’re taking a chance on a bunch of guys. And they’re spending money. That’s amazing. Ever since the lockout [ended], teams have to spend money.
Donovan’s not even trying to mask his resentment. I don’t know whether to feel encouraged by this or disheartened. Encouraged because at least he’s not heaping praise on his old team and coach like Randy Moss after the Pats’ game last year, or disheartened because apparently Donovan’s head is not entirely in the now and we need it entirely in the now, there being all this stuff for him to learn like for instance the whole freaking offense.
It’s not a big deal or anything, but still, I kind of wish Donovan would keep the Eagles’ names outta his mouth. At least until after we thrash them in the playoffs.