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Ex-Eagles legend exclaims ‘adult in space’ in QB controversy

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Donovan McNabb has been critical of Carson Wentz over the years, challenging the former franchise quarterback to stay sane and get out of the second round of the playoffs in 2019 despite the backlash he received at the time.

McNabb, who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, jumped back into the Wentz debate during an appearance on the Wentz debate Zach Gelb Show. He wasn’t in the mood to rip Wentz, but made it clear that Jalen Hurts was the superior talent. And more qualified to lead Nick Sirianni’s offense.

“We see that he is able to put pressure on his shoulders and move forward with his head held high.” McNabb told Yellow. “The attack change suits Jalen Hurts better.”

McNabb cited all the trials and tribulations Hurts endured in college, such as being benched at the 2018 BCS National Championship and then transferring from Alabama to Oklahoma. All of the troubles led to that moment when he became a legitimate franchise quarterback. Hurts was always the “grown man in the room”.

“I’ve been saying it since he was drafted in the second round. I said he was the grown man in the room when Carson Wentz was there,” McNabb said. “I thought people really need to look at his experience and how he got to this position… to have the opportunity to play in the [college] Playoffs and as a Heisman Trophy contender. To show that he can throw the football.”

The Super Bowl hype is getting a little ridiculous. Yes, the Eagles are on all cylinders and doing what they want on offense. Hurts looks like a true NFL MVP contender, much like Wentz did in 2017. McNabb called them a playoff team and strong contenders for the NFC East crown, but cautioned everyone against booking flights to Glendale, Arizona.

“I wouldn’t call it the Super Bowl now,” McNabb said. “I think they will be a strong contender for the NFC East to be able to win the NFC East. I’m looking forward to them maybe making it and moving into the second round. And at that particular point, as a player, you know you need a bit of luck and an extra boost to get you over the hump.

Interesting Note: McNabb used the words “we” and “us” on several occasions when referring to the Eagles. Yes, it’s true: “No. 5 will always love you.”

McNabb wasn’t the only former Eagles player to be listed as an inductee for the Class of 2023 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A whopping 17 guys with Philadelphia ties made the first cut, led by Eric Allen, Ricky Watters, Randall Cunningham and Brian Westbrook, Seth Joyner, Troy Vincent and Asante Samuel. It’s a strong list.

There were 129 players named as “modern era nominees” and that list will be trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists in November before being trimmed down to 15 finalists in January. No more than six players (and at least four) will receive the final call for the hall.

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