POSTED 9:07 a.m. EDT; UPDATED 11:26 a.m. EDT, May 2, 2007
by Profootballtalk.com

McNABB, REID GET TOGETHER

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reported on Tuesday night that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and coach Andy Reid had an extended "heart-to-heart" discussion on Tuesday regarding the team's decision to select quarterback Kevin Kolb in the second round of the 2007 draft, and what the move means.

It was the first time they had talked since Reid left McNabb a voice message on Saturday telling the veteran quarterback "not to worry."

Apparently, McNabb wasn't worried -- he was pissed off.

Paolantonio says that the specific content of the discussion is unknown, but that it was described as "frank and open" by someone who was not in the room for the meeting.

Reid is expected to speak to the media on May 12.
McNabb could talk to reporters then, or he might choose to wait until training camp.

Now, for our take on this whole ordeal.

Can someone tell us when Donovan McNabb became the coach, G.M., president, or owner of this team?
Because we missed the news release.

Why does McNabb have this organization clutched by the short and curlies?
The mere fact that the organization feels compelled to walk on eggshells around him makes us think that the time has come for a change.


And why should McNabb get a double-extra helping of deference from the team, the media, or anyone?
Because of the Super Bowls he has won?
Because of the MVP awards on his mantle?


In our view, McNabb is a good quarterback with periodic flashes of greatnesses but who has yet to deliver when it counts the most, and whose body gives out on him too frequently for him to be the long-term solution for a team that is securing its young talent well into the next decade.

The fans simply want a winning team, and an NFL championship would be nice.
McNabb is becoming too much of a distraction, both due to his quiet-but-obvious selfishness and his proneness to injury.

Think about the comments that periodically come from his parents.
Surely, McNabb has the ability to get them to put a sock in it, if he so chooses.
By not telling them to mind their business, McNabb is creating the impression that they are his messengers as to subjects on which he's not ready to get his hands dirty.

The mere fact that the team drafted Kolb tells us that the organization has at least had the internal conversation as to whether McNabb is the long-term solution.
The manner in which McNabb reacts to this latest development could go a long way toward helping the powers-that-be make their decision.