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Friday, April 2, 2010
Brooking: Eagles make mistake with McNabb

By Tim MacMahon

The Philadelphia Eagles' front office probably doesn't want advice from a linebacker who plays for a bitter NFC East rival, but Keith Brooking doesn't bite his tongue.

When asked whether he thought the Eagles were wise to shop Donovan McNabb, the Cowboys' linebacker blasted the folks making football decisions in Philadelphia.

"No, not at all," Brooking said during an appearance on ESPN 103.3's Galloway and Company. "Sometimes the old thing about you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone … I promise you.

"Now, that [Kevin] Kolb kid may end up winning three or four Super Bowls for that city. I can’t predict that. But Donovan McNabb, his body of work and what he’s done for that franchise, there's not a lot of guys who come into this league who have played as long as he has and can say they’ve accomplished what he’s accomplished.

"I have a lot of respect for him. I think he has a lot left in the tank and he can add a lot to a franchise. I don’t think they’re making a very good move at all with that one."

Of course, the Cowboys beat Philly three times last season, including convincing wins in back-to-back weeks to end the Eagles' season. But Brooking indicated that the inefficiency of the Eagles' offense in those games was tied more to coach Andy Reid's play-calling than McNabb's performance.

"The way we dominated them, obviously McNabb didn’t play his best, but they were very predictable," Brooking said. "We knew exactly what was coming on every play. A lot of that didn’t have to do with Donovan McNabb."