Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb opens up about beef with Terrell Owens
Before there was Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz, there was Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb. Unlike the current coach-quarterback Philadelphia Eagles duo, the Reid-McNabb pairing had a true No. 1 receiver: Hall of Famer Terrell Owens.
The Eagles acquired Owens in 2004 and immediately reaped the benefits. They went 13-3, as the McNabb and Owens duo was a dynamic force. Later that season, they reached the Super Bowl, only to lose to the New England Patriots while Owens played with a broken leg.
Despite their Super Bowl, McNabb and Owens entered the season with the Eagles acting as a Super Bowl contender. That did not happen, however. Their relationship soured.
While Owens has gone public to say their relationship deteriorated because McNabb got jealous, the former Eagles quarterback thinks differently. On Bleacher Report’s “Untold Stories,” he explained that Owens became a “major distraction” for the Eagles, which shattered their Super Bowl window.
“The offseason goes through and then all of a sudden there’s turmoil there and (Owens and the Eagles) are in a conversation going back and forth, and we had to answer those questions instead of focusing on what we need to do in order to get back to where we were,” McNabb said. “I thought that was a major distraction for us … That was something that kind of broke us up.”
The Eagles were never the same after 2004. They fell short of expectations in 2005 and released Owens a year later, only for him to go to their rivals: the Dallas Cowboys.