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McNabb or playoffs?

We usually try to stay away from the glut of television talking heads, but this comment caught our attention.

McNabb or playoffs?

We usually try to stay away from the glut of television talking heads, but this comment caught our attention.

The subject of the day, and seemingly the subject of every day, is Donovan McNabb's future with the Eagles.

Former NFL defensive lineman Marcellus Wiley, now an ESPN analyst, had this to say about McNabb:

"To their fans, they're always winning the silver medal with him. After a while, when you can't win gold, it's like they would prefer to not be in it at all."

So, we ask you as Eagles fans, is that really true? Would you rather the Eagles be a playoff contender with McNabb or miss the playoffs with another quarterback and start a new chapter?

As you know, the Eagles have made the playoffs in eight of the 10 years that McNabb has been the full-time starter and one of those missed years was when McNabb played only nine games. They have been to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.

That is not to say that the Eagles would not be a playoff-caliber team with Kevin Kolb as their quarterback, especially if the Birds continue to address their problems on defense.

Wiley also offered this about Michael Vick: "You could see the progression of getting back to where he was as an athlete. It might not be too long before where we see the old explosive Vick."

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Speaking of quarterback changes, Dennis Dillon, from The Sporting News, reports that 15 of the league's 32 teams have seen some sort of change among their quarterbacks this offseason. And that does not mean there won't be more ahead.

One spot where the situation remains somewhat fluid -- and a spot that Eagles fans are monitoring -- is Minnesota and whether Brett Favre will return.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he is expecting Favre to return, although he won't apply any pressure to force him to make a decision.

"There were a lot of people who questioned us last year both with the decision of bringing him on board and him coming on so late, but it turned out to be a great decision," Wilf told the paper. "We're looking forward to having him come back this year. We understand it could work either way, but certainly with the team that we have I would expect that he and everyone else is excited to come back to fight for a championship again."

More to come from the owners meetings later ...

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