What Will The Fans Do When Reid And McNabb Return?

Posted July 09, 2013

This is the question I asked a friend of mine from work and he flat out booed. I guess I can see this both ways. On the one hand you have the coach who has more wins in Eagles history, and the best quarterback of the teams modern era here so it would make little sense to boo these men. On the other hand this is Philly. It's a town that demands a lot from their athletes and coaches and when they don't deliver they hear it. These two men didn't deliver the hardware and by right should be booed for it. Personally I think they deserve to be cheered. Don't get me wrong Andy Reid very much deserved to be fired for the incompetent mess he left in Philly. Chip Kelly has to pick up the pieces of the shattered Dream Team nightmare and somehow make a team out of the soft crybabies left by Reid. Still Reid won a lot of games here in Philly and though his demeanor and the fact he never won a Super Bowl doesn't mean we shouldn't give him a classy standing O. We would do that if not more for Buddy Ryan who has done far less with arguably more talent.The same goes for McNabb.

Okay since McNabb's handlers have stopped handling him, he's become the loop job everyone thought he was. Some of his recent comments and twitter remarks have been as Hollis Thomas recently stated "comical." The Eagles were also right to trade McNabb when they did. He was a washed up player and his play in Washington and Minnesota all but proved that. Still that doesn't mean he didn't provide us with some great memories. 4&26, the game on the broken leg, the game where he shook the entire Redskin defense out of their shorts, The 17 second bomb to Freddie Mitchel against the Cowboys, and the first SB appearance since 1980.

The bottom line is despite what transpired in the end with these two men, and despite some of the bad blood that still may exist, I don't see the point of booing these two men. I think they have worn the green proud and should be cheered. One last  cheer for all of the good years. I think we have booed them enough.




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  • They certainly don't deserve boos. Boos are for jerks, boos are for dogs, boos are for divas who coast after thinking they've made it while their team is mired in a slump. Reid and McNabb were part of the greatest modern era of Eagle football and deserve that recognition. Stating that, there still ALWAYS comes a time when you have to move on. I still believe that giving McNabb a long term deal at his age would have been a mistake and like you stated his play showed that it most likely would have been. 2010 wasn't his year...2004 was and we all saw how that went down. Reid probably did stay here a couple years too long but I understand why Lurie was hesitant to let him go. It just made sense to let him walk with 1 year left on his deal. Anybody who thinks he should have been brought back after the last couple years with all the mistakes he made is simply thinking with their heart.
  • I'm sure someone will come here with an agenda and try to make this about how they left. This has nothing to do with how they left or the fact the Eagles were right in both cases to do so, rather it's about showing two guys who gave their all for the organization.
  • Anybody that boos these two men in Week 3 just simply doesn't know the first thing about football *cough* Angelo Cataldi *cough*. At the end of the day, the NFL is ultimately a business. Letting go of Reid and McNabb was not personal. It was a business decision. I think it's awfully hypocritical of some fans here to say they appreciate what Reid/McNabb accomplished here and then just totally speak of them as if they were the anti-Christ.

    I may only be 25 years old, but I've forgotten more about sports than guys like Cataldi will ever know. I didn't get to work at ESPN and now interview at CBS Sports for a production researcher job tomorrow by some fluke.
  • I hope you continue to progress in your career. Cataldi isn't happy unless he's complaining about something. I think anyone who listens to him for a minute knows he's a blowhard with little to zero knowledge about a sport who loves to hear himself talk. A lot of his attacks on the radio are very personal rather than professional and he uses the word hate more than any person should in regards to sports.
  • I wish we had more guys like Mike Francesa in Philly. If you've ever listen to Mike and the Mad Dog, he's one of the sharpest guys in sport talk radio. He knows his stuff.
  • Jody McDonald is pretty good to, but they like to keep him on the late schedule. Maybe that's because he has a lot of other things going on, but Jody knows his stuff especially when it comes to baseball.
  • I remember him back in the day. It's a shame that talent like his isn't front and center.
  • Again I'm not sure if it's because Jody has other things going on, but he's one of the most knowledgeable guys on their roster of hosts.
  • Cataldi goes way overboard when it comes to his antics...no question about it. Last week he was making a big deal out of the Flyers possibly drafting McNabb's nephew (Darnell Nurse) as if getting one of the top defensive prospects in the NHL draft would have been a bad thing simply because he was related to McNabb. Classless.
  • McNabb wasn't bad for Philly. I don't get why they would feel that way about him.
  • Nurse was the 2nd overall rated defenseman in this class. If I'm the Oilers, I'd be glad I found him there. They couldn't get to Seth Jones, but they got the next best thing. I'd be willing to bet he'll be a hell of a lot better than Morin too. That's what drives me nuts about the Flyers. They just drafted another pylon. I can see Crosby just undressing this kid 1 on 1 on a regular basis.
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  • In my home we will cheer them. As we have done, so shall we also do.
  • Ill ad this why do so many boo the visiting team ?
    if they weren't there....I don't think there would be a game...
  • Boos for Reid
    Cheer for McNabb

    Reid left this scrap heap of a football team. Backstabbed his coaches, fans and QB. McNabb left with his head held high.
  • You're welcomed to that reasoning. Reid most likely would be the best candidate of the two to receive boos since his departure was so recent. I just think it would be an unnecessary boo. the fans had plenty of opportunities to boo him while he was here. There doesn't seem a reason to continue to boo now in my opinion.
  • Its not going to be pretty for Reid. They will cheer McNabb
  • I'm not sure which way they will go. Either could be cheered or booed. I wonder if the Eagles are going to have them both at the KC game. That drunk crowd could get rowdy.
  • I will be there giving a standing O. I hate cataldi he is a moron loud mouth pos. he's a racist in my eyes. He knows nothing about football and should not be working in sports media.
  • As you have seen from my previous posts, I feel very strongly about him. Cataldi's highly unprofessional conduct is an affront to the sport media profession. As an aspiring sport media professional, I find it insulting that he is allowed to continue to have a platform to spread misinformation and hatred.

    Philadelphia is where my heart is. It may not be perfect but it's my home. I was born here and raised in the surrounding suburbs. I consider my roots to be a big part of my identity. Cataldi has soiled that too. It pisses me right off that Cataldi has the nerve to claim he's the voice of the Philadelphia fan. He's not even from here. He's just some carpetbagger from Providence, Rhode Island. People from other fanbases are genuinely surprised at how level-headed and mellow I am. Pardon my brief political incorrectness here but, it's like saying that Jesse Jackson is the king of all blacks. I fully blame him and his idiot followers for the reason why Philly fans are looked down upon across the country. I absolutely resent being lumped in with those morons.
  • He's from Providence?! AARRRRRRRRHHHHHH!!! Dammit! Can I find NO peace from that piece of #$@&?
  • Cataldi and his dummy 30 were the ones who booed McNabb in the first place. Thinking back I'm sure he knew sending those dopes up there would lead to something awful. This guy is the flagship of WIP. Quite sad.
  • Both gave everything they had to turn the franchise into a contender for an entire decade. Sure they had their faults but both deserve a standing an ovation.
  • Well said.
  • Their faults shouldn't matter here. They should get the respect they deserve. I completely agree with you.
  • I don't get how someone so hated stays in work where the court of public opinion is what pays u.
  • He has a lot of slack jawed, sloped fore-headed followers who worship every word he follows. He also appeals to the racist crowd just like the republican talking heads do.
  • That's why you've got to play nice with the media even if it kills you to do it. If they want to blackball you, they will blackball you. Ask Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Think about it. Why do you think it took so long for him to get his own statue outside the Staples Center?
  • And why it took so long for Cris Carter to make it to the HOF.
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  • Now that was funny.

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