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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Anthony Spencer's arrival sealed QB's fate

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarcus Ware has sacked Donovan McNabb more than any quarterback except for one, but Anthony Spencer played a bigger role in running McNabb out of Philadelphia.

That fact certainly didn’t slip past McNabb. He mentioned the word “Eagles” once during his dozen-minute conference call with the Valley Ranch media. That was to point out that Philadelphia traded the 26th overall pick in the 2007 draft to Dallas so the Cowboys could select Spencer.

The Eagles got three picks in the deal. The headliner: No. 34 overall, which they used to select Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb.

So Spencer’s success against McNabb was sort of like adding injury to insult. Spencer absolutely dominated Dallas’ last two games against the Eagles, racking up three sacks and five quarterback hurries in the NFC East-title-clinching and playoff victories in January.

“Anthony has really come into his own,” McNabb said. “Drafted obviously when the Eagles traded the pick and Dallas drafted Spencer. He was able to develop. He played behind Greg Ellis where he was able to learn.

“Then, when given the opportunity, he stepped in and made plays when he had to. He’s playing with a guy that teams have to game plan for in DeMarcus Ware, and rightfully so. This gives him the opportunity to make plays.”

The Eagles gave the Cowboys the opportunity to draft Spencer, a decision that obviously doesn’t sit well with their former franchise quarterback.