I Feeley a Fever Coming On
Posted by Derek
And the only prescription is ... AJ Feeley?
They say the most popular guy in town is always the backup quarterback. In 2002, AJ Feeley took that one step further by becoming the best-loved third-string QB in the history of Philadelphia.
After Donovan McNabb went down with a broken ankle against Arizona, Koy Detmer was named the starter for the next game against San Francisco. For one half, he played out of his mind, completing 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Then disaster struck. Detmer was taken down in the pocket and dislocated the elbow in his throwing arm.
Out trotted the unheralded Feeley, who finished off the 49ers (even throwing a touchdown pass) and then won four of the final five games of the season as the Eagles starter, managing to slip the team into the playoffs, when Donovan McNabb was finally able to return. In 2003, Feeley didn't play at all -- although some Eagles fans dared to suggest that maybe he should -- and at the end of the season the Birds shipped him to Miami for a second-round draft pick.
Yesterday afternoon, Feeley was released by the Chargers after an unimpressive stint in San Diego, which followed an even less noteworthy time in Miami.
The reaction among Eagles fans has been quite entertaining. Check out, oh, this poll perhaps: http://www.nbc10.com/news/9753408/detail.html.
The thing is that AJ, unlike most Iggles fan free agent obsessions, actually might make sense, assuming his health checks out. Koy just doesn't have it anymore and Chang has a future, but isn't the guy I want to count on in a year when we really have a chance to make something happen.
Besides, we miss Heather.