Post by TBird41 on Sept 18, 2007 14:13:34 GMT -5
rdf said:Here's a question--Barkley goes on and on about Andy Reid and McNabb not getting a "fair shake" from the fanbase. Said he didn't either. Could it be that Philly fans realize they won because of their defense and those 2 guys were holding them back from taking the next step? Could it be that what Rush Limbaugh really said--and was absolutely correct on--that Eagles won due to DEFENSE--not McNabb's play--was true? His statement about the NFL and Black QB's was wrong--his specific statement about McNabb and Eagles success was dead on. He also said that Favre needed to be a secondary player and not focal point in GB if they were to win--and that never got mentioned due to McNabb taking a statement and manipulating it for sympathy. He goes back to this excuse tonight on Bryant Gumbel's show--which is a joke. QB's get the credit/blame period. Joey Harrington is whiter then the Republican Convention and he takes more abuse then any QB in FB. Kyle Boller? Drew Bledsoe? Jake Plummer? Peyton Manning was putting up numbers that nobody has--and he caught it until last year-when he won on the field and silenced the critics. McNabb? He goes to this again. Fact is--McNabb went to broadcaster friendly Syracuse--and many of their alums made him bigger then he was due to his affiliation-the results of Philly were more due to Jim Johnson's defense then anything on offense. McNabb is a good QB--but he's not great. McNair--he's not bad because he's Black-he's bad. Boller is better then McNair and yet Boller takes more heat. Jason Campbell looks a lot better then Mark Brunell and last time I checked Skin fans wanted Brunell benched. Garrard is loved in Jacksonville-and he's black. Vince Young--loved in Tennessee. WINNING is what fans are loyal to and when they see you play for years and have nothing but one year where you made Super Bowl with guy on your team you said you didn't need--well they tend to get a bit judgemental.
Facts are--McNabb opened his mouth about Terrell Owens-he said the team would be better without him--since then--what has happened? How have the Eagles fared? What is their record with McNabb starting and without him starting? Did their fans not see them win the NFC East and get to the 2nd Round with Jeff Garcia playing QB? If you truly are an elite player--does your team get better results without you? Are Eagles as good without TO as they were with him? NO--were they as good without McNabb? No--they were better. So that is why Eagle fans have TURNED on McNabb--they see the results and fans only care about results--there is no love affair and your only loyalty is to the team you support--not individuals. If McNabb had backed up his claims during the Owens stuff--he'd have them on his side--but fans saw the results--and have right to their opinion.
Bryant Westbrook had a lot to do with the Eagles' success as well, and their change in focus to him rather than McNabb after McNabb's injury is why their offense looked better last year.