Number five returned to practice today with the Birds and should be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Giants. Mathematically speaking, the Eagles are not eliminated from the playoff hunt just yet, but realistically, most fans don't believe the team will get there.
This leads to the question of what the final four games of the season will mean to McNabb, the Eagles, and the rest of the league. McNabb will go out and play his tail off as does every single time he takes the field. Nobody questions this. What I want to know is whether McNabb will be, in a sense, auditioning for his future. With McNabb set to pull in over $9 million in 2008, his future with the Eagles is as unclear as ever.
ESPN's John Clayton has an interesting take on all of this and suggests that the Eagles should look to Brett Favre as an example and keep McNabb for many more years to come. The only problem with that thought process is the fact that it would seemingly waste the selection of Kevin Kolb. Clayton's opinion doesn't seem to resonate with anyone in Philadelphia. The buzz in Philly is that McNabb is as good as gone once this season is over.
I'm torn on the issue. The final four games will play a big role in my final evaluation and I'll be watching and hoping to see flashes of the Donovan McNabb from yesteryear, from the days when he was a legitimate MVP candidate. These next four games may not have real playoff implications, but everyone around the NFL will be watching.
How’s this for an awesome deed?
Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks took to Twitter to show a heartfelt message, that included a photo of a new car he purchased for his father.
In the tweet, Brooks revealed the mindset his father has instilled in him growing up, not wanting to be average and more.
Nice gesture, Brandon.
PITTSBURGH -- The ice on Friday afternoon at Heinz Field was watery and slushy.
That’s because the city set a historic record at 78 degrees for Feb. 24.
So what were the ice conditions?
“They were pretty good,” said Sidney Crosby. “It was pretty bright there. Started off the practice and the sun was beating down pretty good.
“I’ve played in a few of these and the ice was pretty good considering how warm it was. It’s supposed to cool down and I’m sure it will get better.”
The Penguins will host the Flyers on Saturday night in a Stadium Series outdoor game.
Pittsburgh took the ice Friday at 4 p.m. The Flyers got on the ice a little more than an hour later and things started to cool down.
“We had a pretty good practice given the circumstances,” Jakub Voracek said. “This is a little better setup than Philly. The fans are closer.”
It was much hotter when Pittsburgh took the ice, but the temperature was still warm after the sun went down.
Shayne Gostisbehere said, “It was hot for sure. … It was fun, but it was pretty hot.”
Defenseman Radko Gudas said the ice surface was, “playable, but a little rough.”
On Saturday, rain is expected, with temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 p.m.
During the game, which begins at 8 p.m., the temperature is projected to continue to drop and there will be wind gusts up to 31 mph. By the end of the night, the forecast says temps will be in the 20s.
Players are more concerned about the wind than the ice at this point. Crosby, who has played in three previous NHL outdoor games, said wind is a huge factor. It happened to the Penguins at the 2014 Stadium Series game in Chicago.
“It can definitely be a factor,” Crosby said. “I want to say in Chicago that was something we kind of had to look at. We felt it a little more there compared to the other two [outdoor games]. If it going to get windy like that, it’s something to be aware of.”
It remains to be seen how the NHL will handle which team goes into the wind first.
“Yeah, the wind,” Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet of what element will be a big factor. “I hope you don’t have to backcheck. Who gets the advantage? They change in the third period. But who picks what end? There is a wind factor.”
Tocchet rated the ice Friday as “a little slushy.”
“It was good early and then it got tough because it was hot outside,” Tocchet said. “But we got a half-decent practice out of it.
“The one thing, the puck didn’t bounce, which was good. Players can adapt a lot better when the puck doesn’t bounce. When things bounce, it’s a tough night.”