Lurie Was Ready To Move McNabb After The 2008 SeasonEagles, Front Office Thursday, August 5th, 2010
He told the media gathered to hear his state of the Eagles address that the team would have traded Donovan McNabb after the 2008 season, if he didn’t hadn’t had the ACL problem.
“Donovan, coming off the ACL, maybe didn’t have the league-wide [market] value,” Lurie said.
The Eagles went to the NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals after the 2008 season. McNabb didn’t have an ACL injury in 2008, he had the injury previously but showed in 2008 that he had totally recovered. 2008 was the year that McNabb was benched at halftime of the Baltimore game.
Lurie also said that Reid was on board with trading McNabb after the 2008 season. I find that hard to believe since I’ve heard about a conversation between Reid and Kevin Kolb after Kolb’s two starts a year ago. Reid told Kolb he was relieved that he played well because this proved that he didn’t make a mistake a in drafting him.
A year before when Kolb got a chance against the Ravens, he went in and made a costly mistake with an interception that was returned for a touchdown. That was the only meaningful action he had, so you could understand why the jury was still out with Reid on Kolb.
On the other hand, Lurie has been clear about the fact that he was ready to go with Kolb and move McNabb.
Now you can see the lay of the land a bit. Lurie was ready to trade McNabb after the 2008 season, but Reid wasn’t sure about Kolb until he played well in the two starts a year ago.
It all makes sense to me now. I was told rumors that Lurie and the team’s front office were the initiators of the benching of McNabb in the Baltimore game. Kolb was told by then quarterback coach, Pat Shurmur, that he was starting the second half in the Baltimore game when he was walking on the field.
You would figure Reid would have been going over the game plan with Kolb at halftime to make sure the youngster was prepared for what plays they were going to call and what defenses the youngster was going to see.
I was told that Reid didn’t tell Kolb he was starting because the head coach was preoccupied for most of halftime. I was also told an unsubstantiated story that the front office’s involvement in his benching was the reason McNabb was given “apology money” in that offseason.
Nobody has come even close to explain why McNabb was given that bonus in the offseason after the 2008 season.
You can see now that Lurie was ready to move on from McNabb after the 2008 season but Reid wasn’t nearly as sure.
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