Donovan McNabb blasts Eagles for ‘dumb’ moves at QB position
Donovan McNabb may be one of the better Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks of all-time, but that didn’t make him pull any punches when blasting the organization for its offseason moves at the quarterback position, calling them “dumb.”
The Eagles of course signed Sam Bradford to a 2-year, $36 million contract extension in March, only to trade up to the second overall position in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Carson Wentz.
McNabb can’t see the sense of either decision, that much he made perfectly clear during an exclusive interview with website Billy Penn.
“And now you sign — which was dumb — you sign Sam Bradford to a multi-year deal and give him big money,” McNabb said, via NJ.com. “Then you trade picks to move up to No. 2 – that was dumb. I mean, nothing against Carson Wentz, but why would you do that? That’s just a bad business decision from the Philadelphia Eagles.”
McNabb also defended Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who was the Eagles starting quarterback when he was drafted out of Syracuse.
The story goes that Pederson was brought in to mentor McNabb, perhaps in the same way that the Eagles hope Bradford will mentor Wentz. McNabb disputes this version of history.
“Was Doug brought in to mentor me, so to speak?” McNabb said. “No. Absolutely not. Doug was brought in to run the offense and give me a chance to learn the offense and be under Andy Reid.”
Pederson, when naming Bradford the Eagles starting quarterback in Week 1, also mentioned that time as well, but disputed there were similarities between how Reid handled himself and McNabb and how he’ll handle Bradford and Wentz.
“It’s a little different scenario than we had in 1999,’’ Pederson said, via philly.com. “Donovan really came in as the No. 2.
“Right now, we’re just going to get Carson as many reps as we can. Get him caught up. Get him to where he needs to be. …We’ll just have to wait and see what happens down the road.’’
Either way, McNabb still believes his former team completely bungled the situation. It remains to be seen whether he’s right or not.