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Donovan McNabb: Carson Wentz needs to lead Eagles to NFC title game or be replaced



Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb shared some strong opinions about current franchise passer Carson Wentz on CBS Sports Radio on Saturday morning.

He explained that Wentz needs to replicate his success from the 2017 season when he was in the conversation for NFL MVP before tearing his ACL late in the season, which opened the door for now-former Eagles quarterback Nick Folds to take over and lead the team to its first Super Bowl win. He said that if Wentz doesn’t get the Eagles to the NFC championship game in the next two or three years, the team should consider moving on and drafting another quarterback.

McNabb — who was with the Eagles from 1999 to 2009 and led them to the 2005 Super Bowl — said on the radio, via NBC Sports Philadelphia:

“I think in the next two years or so, he needs to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs. What Nick Foles was able to do, take them to a Super Bowl and then possibly take them back to the NFC Championship proves that, hey, some people can get into that offense and be very successful. [Wentz] hasn’t been healthy. He hasn’t really proven to me, besides the year before he got hurt, in his first year, of really the MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that mode.

“I think, personally, if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three, years, but really two years, to be honest with you. If he can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability. Staying healthy is very key in this league. The team only goes as far as their quarterback takes them. And they put so many eggs in the basket with Carson Wentz and he has to prove that in the next two years.”

It doesn’t seem like McNabb is questioning Wentz’s ability as a quarterback if getting to the conference title game is an expectation but rather his ability to stay healthy — or his “durability.”

In addition to missing the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning playoff run, Went sat out for the first two games of the 2018 season. He played in 11 games for Philadelphia, but again, missed the end of the regular season and the playoffs with Foles taking over. The Eagles lost in the NFC divisional game to the New Orleans Saints.

Wentz finished the 2018 season with a career-high 69.6 completion percentage, throwing for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Listen to McNabb’s comments on The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio:

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