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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

On Reid, McNabb returning to Linc

Is that it now?

Is that it for an era that Eagles' fans kind of enjoyed, but not really?

Will Donovan McNabb's number being retired allow it to close? Can Eagles fans finally separate themselves from all things Andy Reid?

Because of the NFL schedule, the Eagles tried Thursday to cram a night of nostalgia into an otherwise unsightly night of football. The result was muffled, forced and ultimately disappointing to the fans, who'd watched the Birds lose, 26-16, to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Did they applaud Reid on his return to Philadelphia? Yes, but not wildly.

Did they finally seem to accept McNabb as a franchise hero, not as the player who was booed when he was drafted, and who had a less-than-effective Super Bowl? Yes.

Did they really ask for any of that? No.

But at least they can put it all behind. It's time.

Check out my column in the Daily Times and on Friday, along with a story on a suddenly decaying Eagles offense.


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