Life after Donovan Mcnabb. That is a topic that was much more freely spoke a couple weeks ago when The struggling Philadelphia Eagles seemed to be fading fast. Coming into the game against the Cardinals on Thanksgiving day nobody was really sure where the eagles morale might be standing, The week before against the Baltimore Ravens Mcnabb was benched at halftime for the first time in his career. And after that performance coming into this past week Mcnabb was 53 for 112 with just 4 TD's and 6 INTS. Then the talk followed by numerous people/fans/media figures around the sports nation "Is the Donovan Mcnabb Era over in Philly?"
Well Mcnabb had an answer for all those doubters questioning his status as the leader of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mcnabb came out on Thanksgiving night with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove, and did he ever. Mcnabb came out against the NFC West division leading Cardinals and put on a show for everybody to enjoy. He went on to complete 27 of 39 pass attempts for 260 yards and and 4 touchdowns. Finally the Eagles looked like the contenders the should have been all year long.
So whats next for the Philadelphia Eagles franchise? Is Donovan down to his last season in Eagles green? Well Mcnabb showed he still has gas in the tank. A couple years down the road, where does that leave us? Mcnabb's apprentice and potential replacement Kevin Kolb was less then impressive when he replaced the struggling Mcnabb for the second half against the Ravens. The Eagles were down by 3 when he came in and he went on to complete a measly 10 of 23 pass attempts for 73 yards no TD's and 3 INTS and lose the game 36-7.
A tempting probable free agent to chase after this off-season might the surprising Matt Cassel. The young 26 year old Cassel who has the replaced the NFL MVP Tom Brady has filled his shoes quite well. He took some time to adjust to the starting roll but once he did, he looked great. A quarterback out of USC who had 1 start since high school has thrown back to back 400 yard games in the past 3 weeks which has only been done by a handful of quarterbacks. He defiantly has superstar potential in him. Chances are you won't see him in a patriots uniform next year either with the 3 time Superbowl winner and MVP Brady back under center.
So with the Donovan Mcnabb era nearing its end, which direction should the birds fly? It has been a good 10 years for Mcnabb in Philly but he only has a few left. Not many quarterbacks can stay consitantly good for that long but he has. However recent injury filled seasons and the young supporting cast behind him, he is running on low. He will always have a place in Eagles fans hearts and still has a good couple years left. But it is time to start looking towards the future and planning for 2 or 3 seasons down the road.