Eagles fans are going to get more Donovan McNabb this season, whether they want him or not.
McNabb, a divisive figure in Philadelphia and arguably the greatest quarterback in Eagles history, is joining 97.5 The Fanatic as an analyst. McNabb will offer his thoughts about the team every Monday on the station’s morning show, hosted by Marc Farzetta and former Eagles lineman William “Tra” Thomas, a former teammate.
“I’m seeing the hate on Twitter. ... You’re all idiots,” Farzetta said on Tuesday’s morning show.
McNabb angered Eagles fans (and offensive lineman Lane Johnson) back in April after suggesting the team should replace Wentz as starting quarterback if he couldn’t lead the Eagles past the second round of the playoffs over the next two seasons. McNabb later clarified his comments about Wentz and said the young quarterback deserved a long-term deal from the Eagles if he remains healthy. He also called the criticism his comments received “unfair.”
“If I’m an analyst and a question is presented to me, I’m supposed to answer the way I see fit,” McNabb said on The Fanatic in May. “Sometimes when it’s certain people, we want to judge it or we want to have a different type of emotional feel to their answer because of who it is. And that’s unfair.”
McNabb has been filling his time with media appearances over recent months after being fired from the NFL Network and ESPN after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a former NFL Network wardrobe stylist. McNabb has denied the allegations. In 2015, McNabb quietly left Fox Sports after pleading guilty to a DUI offense.
McNabb’s former teammate Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook will have an expanded role at the station this season. Westbrook will host his own hour-long show alongside Devon Givens on Monday nights at 6 p.m. and join the station’s Eagles pre-game show every week. He’ll also continue to co-host the station’s afternoon show on Friday’s during the 4 p.m. alongside Mike Missanelli.
Former Eagles quarterback and ex-ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski will also be returning to The Fanatic to host an hour-long show this season every Wednesday at 6 p.m. And the station is adding a new live broadcast during the Eagles’ game called The Green Zone (not to be confused with NBC’s often-maligned screen technology) hosted by Missanelli co-host Tyrone Johnson and Pat Egan.
Over at 94.1 WIP, the Eagles flagship station is also adding new voices to talk Birds during the afternoon show. Former Eagles offensive lineman and NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger will join the station every Monday at 4 p.m, while new Eagles defender Malik Jackson will join the station’s afternoon show every Wednesday.