Sep 072010

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb

September 7 Philadelphia Daily News:

“Get Joe Theismann talking about Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb, and he doesn’t hold back.

Theismann said McNabb, traded to the Redskins in April after playing 11 seasons with the Eagles, was never appreciated in Philly.

“From the day Donovan McNabb was drafted by the Eagles, he’s been booed,” said Theismann, who will work NFL Network games this season with Bob Papa and Matt Millen. “No one liked that pick in the beginning . . . It seems to me that everything Donovan did just wasn’t good enough for people to appreciate the football player he was. Everybody agrees of what type a man he was – and is – but from a football standpoint everybody always expected just a little bit more.”

Theismann said it’s too soon to judge Kolb, who took over as the Eagles starter.

“I think Kevin has the makeup to really play the position,” said Theismann, whose 12-year career with the Redskins included a victory in Super Bowl XVII. “But it’s going to take time to learn how to play quarterback as a starter. Is he physically going to be able to withstand the pounding of 16 straight weeks and maybe more? Donovan made a lot of plays being flushed out of the pocket. Is Kevin going to be able to throw the ball like Donovan does out of the pocket? There are a lot of questions.

“Certainly the Eagles organization was a lot closer to their quarterback situation than I was. I believed that Donovan was going to get traded this year. The status of his contract . . . his age . . . Kevin came in last year and played two games and threw for over 300 yards in both of them. So, there are a lot of reasons why the football team said, ‘OK, it’s time for us to make a decision.’ The most shocking part of it was Donovan being traded to the Washington Redskins.””

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