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NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger slammed former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on the way out of town earlier this week, calling him “one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the history of the game.”
Baldinger, a former Eagle from ’92 to ’93, did not exactly heap praise on the man who by the numbers is the greatest Eagles quarterback of all-time.
The Eagles should be ecstatic. I view McNabb as a flawed player, and it was never more apparent than in the back-to-back losses to the Cowboys last season. His flaws will never go away. Now, the Eagles get at least two chances to expose the same flaws they’ve been covering up for 11 years. It works against the Redskins that McNabb is still in the division. Andy Reid can finally stop covering up for one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the history of the game. The Eagles will go to the playoffs. The Redskins will be watching from the golf course.
Woah. If one didn’t know anything about McNabb, you’d assume he led the Eagles to one playoff appearance in his 11 seasons with the Eagles.
During McNabb’s introductory press conference yesterday, Mike Shanahan pointed out that before McNabb helped put the Eagles in the NFC Championship during the 2001 season, Philly’s last appearance in the title game came 21 years earlier.
All of a sudden, Baldinger and other some other Eagles fans think he is Guido Merkens.
Baldinger’s analysis is a bit over the top. He’s right. He’s a flawed quarterback. He is not Brady or Manning, two first ballot Hall of Famers. At the moment, he is not Drew Brees either.
Yet, to call him one of the game’s most overrated ever is pure lunacy.