DONOVAN McNabb is the Eagles all-time best QB. Whether you love him or hate him, his current standing as the All-time best QB in the history of the EAGLES franchise, is a fact.
While that fact can and may change in the future, for the present and back it is immutable. It is rendered immutable by every single recognized standard which is used to measure the success of an NFL QB.
Here is a list of reasons McNabb is the EAGLES All-time best:
Games Played: 148 <#1 All-time>
Starter W/L: 92-49-1 (.647) <#1 All-time> (Next closest: Randall Cunningham 63-43-1 (.588)
Playoffs: 9-7 .562 <#1 All-time> (Next closest: Ron Jaworski at 3-3 (.500))
Passing Yards: 32,873 <#1 All-time> (Next closest: Jaws with 26,963)
TD’s: 216 <#1 All-time> (Next closest: Jaws with 175)
Completion %: 59.0 <#1 All-time> (Next closest Cunningham 55.7) (NFL minimum 1,500 attempts to qualify)
Rating: 86.5 <#1 All-time> (Next closest Cunningham 78.7) (NFL minimum 1,500 attempts to qualify)
If you want wins, McNabb has the wins. If you want numbers, he owns every relevant franchise record we have. If you want a Super Bowl win to be the qualifier, the fact that there is no other Super Bowl winner automatically means you can’t disqualify any EAGLES QB, and have to pick new criteria.
As far as going to the 1960 NFL Championships to be the qualifier, I dare you to look at the rest of Norm Van Brocklin’s career as an EAGLES player. Go ahead and get back to me. I’ll wait.
You may want to cite Tommy Thompson, winner of the 1948 and 1949 Championships. Only problem there is that he wasn’t the full-time starter. He was sort of…platooned in and out. And of course he was also a bit of a turnover machine. In 8 years with the team in 1,396 attempts, he threw 90 TD’s and 100 picks. That means 7.2% of his passes were interceptions! This may be why he could never nail down the starting gig.
McNabb also threw 100 interceptions…in 11 years, and 4,746 attempts. His 2.1 interception percentage is the lowest ALL-TIME in franchise history. FYI: At the time of his trade to the Redskins, his was the 2nd lowest interception percentage of All-time. PERIOD. As in all of NFL History.
Yes, he threw up in the Super Bowl. And? Did he keep playing despite being sick? (Michael Jordan still gets praise for doing that, but then those are Chicago fans.) Yes, McNabb threw 3 interceptions in the Super Bowl. He also threw 3 TD’s while Tom Brady only managed 2. (And don’t get me started on that whole Spygate thing.)
I’ve always found this kind of funny: Jaws also threw three picks in a Super Bowl. ALL TO THE SAME LINEBACKER! He also threw only ONE TD, but fans (most of whom have never seen him play) have fully embraced him. This, despite him being a career .500 (actually .503) player, who was also a bit of a turnover machine, which is supposed to be what so many hated about Michael Vick. Weird, wild stuff.
McNabb’s greatness as an EAGLE isn’t even debatable. There isn’t a single fact to support an argument against it. When you end up talking to someone who tries to free-climb that glass wall, you hear a shitload of personal bias, but nothing that factually stands up. They of course can always recall “that pass” they didn’t like (out of 4,746), or that game when he “did X instead of Y”, or “Air Guitar-gate”. The entirety of their argument is “No Super Bowl” plus their personal bias, weighted against his entire career.
And the worst part of all of this is that no one attacks him harder than the fans he played for. Well SOME of the fans he played for. Meanwhile because of these idiots, the national media looks at our entire fan base like we’re all drooling retards. If only some of these EAGLES fans had the loyalty of even a Cowboys fan.
Well I for one am putting a stake in the ground and declaring my stance on the matter. And the great thing is since I’m not one tiny voice on a dinky message board, I can circulate my ideas as searchable articles which will hang around for years and be used as reference material. That’s the advantage that writing an article has over posting a comment on Facebook, or Igglephans or PFT; you get a louder voice, that is heard longer. (It’s also why I almost always respond to comments here, and almost never to comments on Facebook.)
Here on Eaglemaniacal.com we honor our EAGLES greats. And today, I’m recognizing Donovan McNabb as: The Greatest Of All-Time, Quarterback of the Philadelphia EAGLES.