Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon laced into the Iggles for their handling of the Donovan McNabb situation, saying it's "mind-boggling that they would put Donovan in this position."
I do not disagree.
Moon (pictured) suggests the Iggles are being foolish for essentially casting their lot with the untested Kevin Kolb and preparing to say goodbye to a 33-year-old quarterback still in his prime years. He told USA Today's Jim Corbett: "It really surprises me because the Philadelphia Eagles have already made very strategic and very smart personnel moves that has gotten them in position to win championships. This one really baffles me, especially because of how important that position is."
McNabb, the Iggles' starter since 1999, went back to the Pro Bowl last season for the first time since 2004.
"I don't know why you would get rid of a quarterback who is in the prime of his career in Donovan and go with an unknown in a young quarterback like a Kevin Kolb or a Michael Vick," Moon said. "If they're going to make a deal with the Raiders, go ahead and make the deal. What are they waiting on? It seems the longer they wait, the worse deal they're going to get closer to the draft."
Even if the Iggles don't pull off a trade, Moon suggested it would be difficult for McNabb to return to the team.
"I don't know if he'd be able to go back and play for that organization after all he's endured," Moon said. "Then, again, I wouldn't be surprised if they keep him as a starter and he goes right back out there and doesn't miss a beat. It seems like every year Donovan is the topic of some type of conversation about something, whether it was the Michael Vick thing last year, T.O. a couple of years before that; the NAACP coming after him during the season one year, all kinds of different things always swirling around him. Yet it doesn't seem to bother him. He goes right out there on the field and performs. That's what I love about the guy. He doesn't let all the controversy affect him."
Moon, who was traded in 1994 from the Oilers to the Vikings to make way for the Cody Carlson era (really), said at least he was given the benefit of being kept up to speed on trade talks.
"The Oilers told me the reason why they were trading me," Moon said. "They made sure I approved of where I was going. What Donovan's done for that organization, he's never been a problem there. It seems like they'd give him more respect than have him hanging out there like this."
Moon makes several valid points in ripping the Iggles, and I have to say I'm in agreement at almost every turn. First of all, I think McNabb gives the team the best chance to win; coupled with the uncertainty over Kolb and Vick, it's in the team's best interest to keep McNabb around for at least another year, especially with all three quarterbacks under contract through the 2010 season.
Kolb has been solid in his infrequent appearances in place of McNabb, but it's different when you're a starter, and the jury is still out whether Kolb is a legitimate quarterback. Sure, McNabb looked awful against the Cowboys in last year's playoffs; but I don't know if any quarterback would have looked good against that Dallas team that day. The pass rush was in full throttle, and with Brian Westbrook only a shell of his former self, McNabb was a sitting duck.
Have the Eagles gone as far as they can with McNabb? Perhaps. Then again, with four quality seasons of football left in him, it's not unreasonable to think that this team would be close to championship caliber for that period of time.
Granted, the Eagles don't want to miss on Kolb and see him go elsewhere after next season. But there is still enough uncertainty about his long-term projection to make you wonder if the Eagles are jumping the gun.