Donovan McNabb has had a lot of ups and a lot of downs in his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s been an All-Pro quarterback who has led his team to the Super Bowl, however he’s also been a streaky quarterback who has had issues with injuries. Through it all, Eagles coach Andy Reid has been by McNabb’s side. That is, until this Sunday.
With the team struggling against the Baltimore Ravens, Reid decided enough was enough and benched McNabb. Reid handed the reins to Kevin Kolb, the second-year backup quarterback.
The move didn’t pay off for the Eagles, to say the least. The Ravens scored 26 straight points after the quarterback change and destroyed the Eagles by a final score of 36-7.
After the game, Reid didn’t indicate whether or not McNabb would be back as the starting quarterback in Week 13. At 5-5-1, the Eagles basically need to win the rest of their games to have a chance to make the 2008 NFL playoffs.
The question Reid must answer is whether it’s best for the Eagles to try to make their run with McNabb at the helm or with Kolb. McNabb started off the season playing well but he’s looked exceedingly worse as the season has gone along. He has looked sluggish in the pocket and his trademark accuracy has been awry.
Kolb, on the other hand, has been impressive in practices but in his first extended action of the season against the Ravens, he struggled mightily. The silver lining for Kolb is that he was going against a very tough Ravens defense that can befuddle even the most veteran of signal callers. With a week to prepare, perhaps he could lead the team better than McNabb.
Right now, McNabb and Reid are at a crossroads. Which road will Reid take? We’ll find out this Thursday when the Eagles take on the Arizona Cardinals in a must-win affair.