Turning our attention to Donovan McNabb for a minute…
“My name was thrown around like a cheap rag that just couldn’t make it to the washing machine,” said Donovan McNabb yesterday. “But sometimes in life, you have a learning experience, something that you can learn from and sit back and just dwell on the past, and hopefully it’ll make you stronger mentally. Again, with everything that’s happened, you sit back now and smile about it and move on.”
Oh, good. So you’re going to move on? You’re going to try and put all this behind you, and focus on moving ahead as the leader of the Eagles? Oh, that’s great. What, what’s that? You’re not? You’re going to bitch about it a little while longer?
Well I guess that’s another way to do things, too. By all means, go ahead.
“Personally, this is a sign for my teammates… That person you may smile and talk to every day, that same person can talk about you in the media or publicly, or talk to somebody else about how he doesn’t like you or is jealous of you or whatever it might be. So again, every individual makes their own decisions. Now for me, it’s time to see how my teammates react to that. We’ve obviously seen how they reacted to it during the season. They wanted him back. So what message does that send to you?”
Well, it sends to me the message that they wanted to win… and that, much like you, Donovan, they weren’t able to ignore all the bullshit and just play football.
But the message you’re sending right now is that you’ve done everything but move on. Why is any of this happening? Owens is in Denver, talking to them, talking to Kansas City, talking to whoever, making his own headlines… there’s no reason for any Eagle, particularly McNabb, to be talking about this right now. Worry about the Eagles, worry about next year.
It feels like if McNabb were a stronger leader last year, that the entire Terrell Owens situation wouldn’t have been as bad as it was. I’m not blaming McNabb exclusively for anything that happened. Owens was the instigator. But McNabb is clearly still bothered by this, he can’t put it past him, and he’s still hurt by some of his teammates reaction, and he can’t be like that. The only thing he should do is stand in front of the team and say, “Fuck all of this, the guys who are here are here, those are your teammates, so let’s act like a team and just go play.”
Hugh Douglas pretty much said the same thing yesterday on some Philadelphia radio show, criticizing McNabb’s leadership… and maybe he’s right, but I fail to see how this helps anything. For some reason, the Eagles have hired Hugh Douglas in some kind of official “ambassador” role… which tells me that Andy Reid has major doubts about the leadership of the team to begin with.
It appears that the Eagles are a fractured and fucked group. The guy who’s supposed to be leading is, months after the fact, complaining about his teammates in the public, and a guy who isn’t even on the team is going on the radio and talking about how no one’s a good leader. Best of luck, Andy Reid.