In the wake of quarterback Donovan McNabb’s broken rib, the Eagles made a roster move on Monday. The organization signed quarterback and former-Eagle Jeff Garcia to fill in as the backup quarterback on Sunday.
Garcia is in a process of reaching a deal with the Eagles. The San Diego State alum spent the 2006 season with the Eagles, going 5-1 at the end of the season after McNabb went down with an injury. Garcia spent the last two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The decision to sign the veteran shows two glaring problems: 1) McNabb’s injury could be worse than we thought, 2) the Eagles are weary about trusting Kevin Kolb as their starter.
As I mentioned in my recap of the opening game, a rib injury is one of the worst injuries a quarterback can receive. The constant torque necessary to throw a football could pose problems for McNabb. I understand that there is still a chance that McNabb could play on Sunday, however don’t be surprised if he is held out for at least this upcoming weekend.
Let’s not beat around the bush, Kevin Kolb looked far from ready to be a starting quarterback. Garcia helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs in 2006 and knows Andy Reid’s system. If McNabb does not play and Kolb has a poor performance, I expect Eagles fans to be calling for Garcia on Sunday.
In other news, the Carolina Panthers signed former-Eagle A.J. Feeley on Monday. Feeley was cut after the 53-man roster was announced. The Panthers lost second stringer Josh McCown to an injury against the Eagles.