gone to bat for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
Donovan McNabb before and I've also got
on his case (especially after the T.O.
debacle) this time I've got to do a little
of the two. McNabb has finally decided
to speak up for himself (against the organization
even) but it's not good because he's decided
to pass the buck of responsibility to
everyone else except himself. For once
in his 9 year career with the Eagles it
would be nice to hear McNabb take some
blame for his own performance.
any facet of life It's about accountability
and McNabb has never seemed to get that
his job as a quarterback is to take the
criticism when you lose and all of the
praise heaped upon you when you win. McNabb
would have seemed like a warrior for coming
back early from a ACL tear in his knee
if he just let the people know he was
indeed unsure of what his results on the
field would be given the injury and less
smug like he seems to portray on a regular
isn't lying when he says he's not the
only person to blame when it comes to
the Eagles record this season but he's
a major piece and needs to keep his teammates
playing for him. But let us not just talk
about McNabb, the Eagles have let him
deal by himself for a while and now it's
coming home to bite them in the butt!
compared to the top notch quarterbacks
it's clear that Andy Reid, the personnel
guy, let down McNabb and Reid, the coaching
guy when it came to weapons on the
field and even though Kevin Curtis and
Reggie Brown are two of the better receivers
McNabb has had it's not good enough. Payton
Manning has Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne
and Dallas Clark to pass to. Tom Brady,
even excluding his current players had
dependable players like Troy Brown, David
Givens and Deion Branch.
lack of talent in key positions coupled
with injuries, the disappointing offensive
line and the lack of turnovers and playmakers
on a young but surprisingly decent (save
that last 1:58 versus Chicago) defensive
has made it hard for the Eagles to look
decent versus anyone this season!
players like jetttisoned players like
Terrell Owens, Derrick Burgess and Stallworth
look too expensive or too bad now? Do
you think the Eagles still believe that
linebackers aren't worth the money? How
have Jevon Kearse and Darren Howard worked
out so far? It will be sad if McNabb goes
without the chance to compete with great
playmakers on the field on both sides
of the ball to help him out.
the defense was great the offense was
crappy and in 2004, the only year they
had a number one receiver they went to
the Super Bowl. The Eagles had a good
five to seven years in the limelight of
the NFC and now they seem to have nothing
to show for it.
off-season will be crucial for owner Jeff
Lurie and the Eagles brass. Some questions
they may have to consider...
Reid needs take a huge portion of the
blame for the state of the Eagles.
they relieve Reid of his coaching and/or
personnel decision making duties?
Reid choose to pick his family over his
you trust him and his staff to make good
decisions for the future?
McNabb get a chance to play with the Eagles,
a second year off of surgery? Does he
get more help?
Reid's play calling has been terribly
dependent on the McNabb of old and defensive
coordinator Jim Johnson has been predictable.
Johnson hang up his hat and retire?
won't even bring up Reid's kids and the
distraction that's probably had on the
will tell and there's a lot to be determined
in the second half of this season.
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