As the Philadelphia Eagles' all-time leading passer, Donovan McNabb has a certain level of respect from fans and players alike. But when McNabb decided to criticize Carson Wentz, a current Eagles player was quick to fire back.
In a recent appearance on The Zach Gelb Show, McNabb pointed out that Wentz has injury problems and has yet to win a playoff game on his own. He added that the Eagles should take that into account when they decide on giving him an extension.
"Staying healthy is very key in this league. And it really pertains to the success of the quarterback. The team only goes as far as the quarterback takes them. They put so much of their eggs into their basket with Carson Wentz and he's got to prove that in the next two years."
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson did not take too kindly to McNabb's words though. Taking to Twitter over the weekend, Johnson posted several snake emojis and angrily responded, "and you wonder why nobody respects you when you come back!!!!"
In fairness to McNabb, Eagles fans have been disrespecting him since the day he was drafted.
Johnson went on to state in a later interview that he was upset with McNabb and other veterans for criticizing them behind their backs.
"You would think the best quarterback in franchise history would try to build up a young man that looks up to him instead of always criticizing him, critiquing him and wishing he would fail so he could be the missing link and feel better himself. That is what I don't like."
The last two years for the Eagles have been incredible to say the least.
Wentz went 11-2 as a starter in 2017 before suffering an injury that effectively ended his season. But backup Nick Foles thrived in the role, leading the team to a first-ever Super Bowl title against the Patriots - the very team that beat McNabb back in 2004.
The following year Wentz went 5-6 before another season-ending injury, and again Foles thrived, leading the team to a playoff berth and a win over the heavily-favored Chicago Bears in the playoffs.
The Eagles gave up a lot to draft Wentz second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he has largely rewarded their faith.