Updated: May 8, 2019
In just three seasons with the Eagles, Carson Wentz has proven himself to be one of the most productive passers in the NFL. However, he’s struggled to stay healthy. Donovan McNabb had some things to say regarding the current Eagles star on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show.”
“If he can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability,” McNabb said in reference to Wentz’ playoff performance in the “next two, maybe three” years.
By this logic, McNabb would not have lasted too long in Philadelphia. The former quarterback sustained an ankle injury that sidelined him for the final 6 games of the 2002 season. Ultimately, he returned that season for the playoffs, and the Eagles lost in the NFC Championship game to the Buccaneers. McNabb turned the ball over three times, including the dreadful pick six to Ronde Barber that we all remember vividly.
From 2005 to 2007, McNabb missed 15 games and wouldn’t return to the Super Bowl for the remainder of his career.
For McNabb to say Wentz’ successor should be drafted if he doesn’t stay healthy or make it out of the second round of playoffs in the next two or three years is not entirely ridiculous, but he probably wouldn’t have taken those comments so kindly when he played. McNabb was initially not well-liked when he was first drafted, whereas Wentz immediately took to the fans and was praised from the start.
It sounds like someone just doesn’t want to see his title as the greatest Eagles quarterback removed -- even if Nick Foles essentially stripped it from him by delivering the first Lombardi trophy to Philadelphia two seasons ago.