Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News thinks Joe Banner and Andy Reid will bring Donovan McNabb back if the Eagles finish the season 10-5-1. And with McNabb responding to his benching with some of the best football of his career, that seems like the prudent thing to do.
But Bowen points out something I was thinking while watching McNabb talk with Stu Scott, Steve Young and Emmitt Smith. No one plays the victim better than McNabb -- and all the fawning from Young and Smith led the quarterback to make the following statement:
"When you've been in one place for 10 years, people get tired of seeing you and they say they want something new," McNabb said. "Until you're gone, they don't realize what they have."
Cue the violins. On both the NFL Network and ESPN, the postgame analysts criticized the mean ol' Eagles management team in an attempt to produce some solid sound bites from McNabb. He took the bait and talked about how he didn't like being the "scapegoat" for what was ailing the Eagles. Well, who else did McNabb want Reid to blame for all those interceptions? Whether he agrees with it or not, the benching has galvanized this club. It put every player on the roster on notice.
Now, the Eagles have a legitimate chance at the playoffs. I think you have to say Reid made the right move -- even though that's not what I thought at the time.