Donovan McNabb needs no reminding of the pressures that come with being the franchise quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Which is why he felt compelled to discuss the injury woes of current quarterback Carson Wentz, and suggested the Eagles front office should move on from the former first-rounder if he can’t lead them to an NFC title game in the next couple years.
McNabb made an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show” on Saturday morning with choice words for Wentz.
“I think in the next two years or so he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs. What Nick Foles was able to do taking them to the Super Bowl … proved that some people can get into that offense and be very successful. (Wentz) hasn’t been healthy, he hasn’t really proven to me besides the year before he got hurt and the first year of really (being) an MVP candidate.”
McNabb continued: “He needs to get back to that mode. I think personally if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three years. Really two years to be honest with you, if they can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability.”
During his 11-year career in Philadelphia, McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, losing out to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2005.
This is not the first time McNabb has shown his annoyance with Wentz. According to Bleeding Green Nation, McNabb scoffed at how Eagles fans were far more delighted to see Wentz than him at the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia.
“Like I told Ike [Reese], I was riding in the golf cart right behind Carson. And the [fans] were like ‘Carson! Carson Wentz!’ and they looked at me and it was like ‘Oh, hey, Donovan.’”
It appears the Eagles don’t necessarily side with McNabb on his criticism of Wentz, as Herbie Teope of NFL.com reported in March the 2018 Super Bowl victors are prepared to make the 26-year-old one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league.
However, the former first round pick out of Syracuse does have a point. Should Wentz fail to bring the same postseason energy his understudy Nick Foles did the last two years, he’ll certainly feel the backlash from Philadelphia’s notoriously passionate fanbase.
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