Donovan McNabb isn’t going to apologize for comments on Carson Wentz because he had no ill-will.
The year is 2019, and the Philadelphia Eagles fan base is still not getting along with Donovan McNabb. Once upon a time, the Eagles’ Hall of Famer had the city in the palm of his hands. Nowadays, he can’t make a single comment without it getting taken the wrong way. Recently, McNabb was asked about the future of Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles, and the former quarterback was brutally honest about his opinion on the state of the quarterback position.
“I think in the next two years or so… He [Carson Wentz] has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs” McNabb told CBS Sports’, Zach Gelb. Knowing that Carson Wentz is headed into year four of his career without a single playoff appearance, the bar may be raised a bit higher for his expectations this season. Not to mention, Wentz also has to prove he can stay healthy after missing time over the last two seasons.
While McNabb did raise a few good points, Eagles fans and even players weren’t having it. At this point, it’s become apparent that no matter what McNabb says, it’s going to come off as jealous and passive aggressive. We see it, and so does number five. And after seeing his mentions flood on Twitter with angry fans, current players, and even his former teammates, McNabb took a moment to clear the air while joining Ike Reese and Jon Marks, of 94WIP in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
No. 5 refuses to make this a bigger deal
"“Do I need to apologize for anything? Absolutely not. What people fail to realize, when you have a job to do as an analyst or someone asks you a question—people want media members to be honest. All I was doing was being an analyst and being honest in my comments. It’s nothing personal to Carson. I respect his game, I love Carson as a quarterback. When I do come to the games, I introduce my son to him. I respect the way he prepares himself, I respect the way he plays. But in the game of football, in the game of life, if you’re not doing your job and you’re not healthy enough to be on the field, they will look to replace.”"
Clearly, McNabb is not going to be forced into apologizing for giving an honest review of the Eagles’ current quarterback situation. Was the former Eagles’ passer out of line? Not exactly. He did raise some good points regarding the uncertainty of Wentz’s health.
Also, the idea of Wentz being expected to lead the Eagles to a deep playoff run with a ‘win-now’ squad within the next two years is not far-fetched. Did McNabb go a bit overboard by saying Wentz should be replaced soon if he can’t seal the deal? You could say that. But to expect an apology from the quarterback over such a harmless comment is unrealistic.
At this point, it’s confirmed that McNabb will never fully embrace Philadelphia, as Philadelphia has not, and never will fully embrace him. McNabb’s legacy is what it is, and will never be erased. No. 5 will always have his banner hanging on top of Lincoln Financial Field as his jersey will forever be retired. But the idea of McNabb getting along with the Philly media, and Philly fans is a pipe dream. It’s time to move past this situation, and start focusing on the future, which is Wentz.