Donovan McNabb is up to his old tricks again. Balls in the dirt. Balls sailing high. Balls gone wild. We’ve all become accustomed to this sort of behavior. It’s pretty much a guarantee that Don will go through a rough patch during any given season.
It can come at any time. Be it early, halfway through or late, a McNabb funk is almost as certain as a 65/35 pass-run ratio and a crushing loss to an inferior opponent. It is part and parcel of being an Eagles loyalist.
Listening to Don during his weekly presser yesterday, it was clear than even he recognizes his mechanics are off. Although he wouldn’t admit his recent struggles are in any way connected to the busted rib in his back, history has shown that a dinged and or distracted McNabb is never a good thing.
A thumb in ’03, a chest in ’05 and a difficult childbirth in ’08 are just some of the roadblocks McNabb has had to work through in his tumultuous career in midnight green. He normally recovers from his funk either on his own, or with help from his head coach. Time heals wounds and so does an impromptu mid-season benching.
So, how long will the ’09 slump last? We’ve already had to endure two games of bad McNabb. The Birds are in no position to survive a brutal stretch of games with McFunk under center. Starting with the Giants on Sunday, the road to the mountain top gets rocky.
Let’s hope 5 shakes the funk sooner rather than later. If not, the Kevin Kolb whispers will turn into Kevin Kolb shouts.
I think McNabb will be fine. The naysayers have been writing his obituary for the last five years. McNabb seems to get a kick out of proving them wrong.