In his second year in the NFL, Donovan McNabb came second in the MVP vote and led the Eagles to an 11-win season and a trip to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
After witnessing the 2017 Eagles dismantle the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, McNabb believes that another second-year quarterback in Carson Wentz will lead the team back to the postseason.
"Absolutely," McNabb said. "I think they have everything they need to make it to the playoffs. It's going to be a great year."
McNabb flourished in Philadelphia leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship Game appearances and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. The former second overall pick thinks that Wentz, also a former No. 2 overall pick who had a career-best four touchdown passes in the win, has the mental makeup to lead this team to bigger and better things.
"He's an intelligent guy. He understands his capabilities. He knows the prize and what's in front of him. He works extremely hard. He's prepared for it," McNabb said.
"He's got a great career ahead of him. If he stays healthy and they continue to build around him, good things can happen."
McNabb is also proud of his former teammate and current head coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles are 4-1 this season and have won six-of-seven games dating back to last year.
"Last year, there were a lot of questions of what was going on and could he do the job. All of a sudden, people are starting to feel confident about Doug and what he can do with this program and also with the guys," McNabb said. "There's new faces in there. I think sometimes you got to shake things up to get what you want."
"I'm just happy for the success that he's having."
The Eagles defeated the Cardinals, 34-7, at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 5 of the regular season.