Letters: Columnist Christine Flowers nails it with Donovan McNabb column

Posted: August 16, 2010

CHRISTINE Flowers' recent op-ed was better than any column I've ever read about Donovan McNabb. She absolutely nailed it.

McNabb is probably the most intelligent athlete to pass through Philly in the last 50 years. But he was never meant to be a West Coast offense quarterback, an offense designed for Joe Montana. McNabb was a totally different brand of QB - a runner and a gunner.

As Donovan got away from what he was meant to be, he started a gradual decline from being in tip-top shape. That's why he was throwing up in huddles and on his linemen.

The other point in the column was dead on also. McNabb's ultimate goal never seemed to be the Lombardi Trophy. Here in New York, I saw games when the Birds were losing and the camera would focus on McNabb on the sidelines while the Eagles were on defense. He was joking and carrying on with other players. You never saw Tom Brady smiling on the sidelines when his team was losing. Or Brett Favre. I, too, am an Eagles fan (but not an Andy Reid fan) till I die, but I'm not the least bit surprised at how this turned out.

Matthew J. Duffin, Corning, N.Y.

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