More to the point, McNabb is playing the race card in hopes of deflecting his recent poor performances on the field. Meanwhile, Manning and Palmer have had wildly successful games thus far into the season.
McNabb played poorly in his team’s most recent loss to the Washington Redskins – whose own black quarterback, Jason Campbell, has been called the “next big thing” in the NFL by many pro football pundits – though he didn’t blame his being black for such a shoddy performance.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young – who is also black – has been improving steadily, and is earning recognition around the NFL as a stellar player. Young – a second year player - has been widely praised for his athletic skills as much for his decision-making as a quarterback.
What's the old saying? Either lead, or follow, or get the hell out of the way.
McNabb’s basic problem as a football player has been his poor decision-making, and it’s followed him throughout his career. When the Eagles lost the 2004 Super Bowl to the New England Patriots, critics bashed McNabb’s poor performance, especially in the second half. McNabb blamed fatigue for his lackluster efforts during that game.
Maybe he was tired because he didn’t want to put in that little “extra” work? A little extra cardio-conditioning might’ve prevented him from being fatigued to the point where he nearly cost the Eagles the Super Bowl all by himself.
McNabb is being a hypocritical racist, blaming the white media for his own unrealistic expectations. But if a lazy quarterback thinks having to work hard to keep his job in the NFL is too much to ask, then maybe he ought to do us all a favor: get the hell out of the game.
Let somebody else who actually would be willing to work his butt off to become a starting quarterback in the NFL – white or black – because there are thousands of others who have the dream of making it to the NFL. McNabb is washed up. He’s been on a long, steady downward spiral since Terrell Owens left Philadelphia for Dallas.
When Owens left, McNabb became giddy at the prospect of being the only sheriff in town. Owens has enjoyed a productive stint in Dallas, and by early accounts, is slated to have another Pro Bowl season this year.
There is no racial double standard where McNabb is concerned. The only double standard here is McNabb and his performance: he complains too loudly for someone who has not been playing very well for a long time.