The Eagles have signed Donovan McNabb to a new contract. Claiming that he's earned it, the Birds gave their franchise's greatest quaterback a new six-year that will take him to age 38. There's no question that McNabb has rewritten the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback record book. However, there's still one major accomplishment that remains unfulfilled: bringing a Super Bowl championship home to the City of Brotherly Love.
Some of that, of course, is NOT his fault. It is not Donovan McNabb's fault that the front office has not seen fit to bring in the sort of game-breaking wide receiver that championship teams typically have. The one year that they had one--the year when T.O. acted like a human being and not like himself--the Birds made it to Super Bowl. That's no coincidence.
It likewise is not Donovan McNabb's fault that he has suffered two season-ending injuries with his blown ACL and with the sports hernia surgery that he underwent. Players get hurt. It's part of the game. Quarterbacks are no exception to that rule.
Nevertheless, the crushing burden of being the franchise's face and its undisputed leader mean that the pressure to bring home a Super Bowl win will be ramped up by this signing, particularly among the McNabb critics who think that the time has come to give Kevin Kolb his chance to be the team's starting quarterback. Only time will tell who's correct between the McNabb supporters and those who believe that Kolb has earned his shot.
Congratulations to Donovan McNabb. Be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it....