On Saturday, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb appeared on CBS Radio and made a comment about current Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
We’re not even sure you can call it a criticism, really — McNabb said Wentz hasn’t proven anything yet after not being able to finish the 2017 and 2018 seasons due to injury, and that if the 2016 draft pick can’t get Philadelphia out of the first round of the playoffs in the next two years, the team should move on.
Is it in the spirit of Brotherly Love? Not exactly. Wentz has been hurt, though neither injury — a torn ACL and a stress fracture in his back — was Wentz’s fault. They’re simply what can happen on a football field.
Either way, at least one of Wentz’s teammates wasn’t having it.
‘And you wonder why nobody respects you’
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who was drafted by the Eagles in 2013, tweeted to McNabb after getting wind of the latter’s comments.
After a series of snake emojis, Johnson wrote, “and you wonder why nobody respects respects you when you come back!!!!”
@donovanjmcnabb 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍...and you wonder why nobody respects you when you come back!!!!
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) April 22, 2019
The No. 2 overall pick in 1999, McNabb and Coach Andy Reid led Philadelphia to a decade of success: Beginning in 2000, when McNabb was the full-time starter, the Eagles went to the playoffs eight times, made five appearances in the NFC championship and went to Super Bowl XXXIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots.
‘I feel there’s a lot of envy’
Despite McNabb’s on-field success with Philadelphia, he does not seem to have endeared himself to the current convocation of Eagles.
On Sunday, Johnson appeared on 94WIP in the city and expounded on his tweet:
“This is what I meant — every training camp we have all of these ex-players come and shake our hands, wish us good luck,” Johnson said. “Then, they just go out and just talk hate. I feel there is a lot of envy, jealously, and I see a lot of fakery.
“It isn’t just me — a lot of other teammates see it too. You would think the best quarterback in franchise history would try to build up a young man that looks up to him instead of always criticizing him, critiquing him and wishing he would fail so he could be the missing link and feel better himself. That is what I don’t like.”
UPDATE (2:30 p.m. ET): McNabb clarified his comments on Twitter on Monday, writing in a series of posts, “For those of you who misread, didn’t understand, were confused or just didn’t like my comments let me clarify it for you. Let me start by saying there’s no beef, riff or ill-will toward [Wentz] or the Eagles. My comments were strictly based off of experience and understanding of how The Business (sic) of football works. You are consistently evaluated everyday, every game, and if you are reliable and or (sic) healthy enough to play. I know at times as players and fans it can be confusing to move on from a beloved player but due to the business of health and trust tough decisions are usually made. Maybe people didn’t like it because it’s coming from me or I answered a question from one of the talents on the radio the way you didn’t agree with. If that’s how you feel I’m sorry you feel that way. It’s the nature of the game.”
‘Deal with it’
Life hasn’t been great for McNabb post-Philadelphia: He was traded to Washington in 2010, and won five games in 13 starts. He spent 2011 with the Vikings, with one win in six starts.
He’s been convicted of DUI twice, and was let go from ESPN after allegations of sexual harassment at his previous gig, with NFL Network.
For his part, McNabb isn’t sweating it.
He retweeted Skip Bayless when the FoxSports 1 analyst said McNabb was “absolutely right” about Wentz, and then tweeted “Deal with it” with laughing emojis on Sunday night.