Dez Bryant is a sophomore 6'3", 210 lbs. Oklahoma State WR (#1). He's expected to be a top 5 pick in 2010. If the Eagles were to happen to make the switch to Kolb next year and absolutely suck, maybe we have a chance to get him. Those WR's that rock the #1 always turn out to be pretty good.
Any Reid finally got the memo to run the ball and look at what happened. Brian Westbrook had 4 TD's. Of course the Cardinals defense isn't anything close to the Ravens defense, but I'm just saying that Donovan McNabb is only as good as his running game.
I, among most others, threw Donovan McNabb under the bus after the Bengals game. Four turnovers in that game, another three turnovers to boot in Baltimore. That's seven turnovers in seven quarters of football.
Was it all Donovan's fault? No. The playcalling was terrible, the offensive line played poorly, the Eagles had no running game, and the wide receivers were dropping passes and not getting open. That still doesn't take away the fact that Donovan McNabb should have won that game against the 23rd ranked defense. That was the worst game from McNabb that I have ever witnessed. Balls were thrown right to defenders, balls were thrown right into the ground 20 feet shy of a receiver. Balls were thrown 15 feet over receivers heads. Donovan was terrible.
Things didn't improve much the next week at Baltimore and Andy decided to light a fire under McNabb's ass to get him playing better. If McNabb still played at this poor level, there's a young guy that we drafted #1 that we could throw in there.
The McNabb I saw against the Cardinals is someone I haven't seen play all season long. He wasn't the careless player who laughs when he makes a terrible throw. He had a little hustle in his step. Instead of being a statute in the pocket like he has been most of the year, he actually tried moving around a little bit and look at the results. McNabb finally played like his job was on the line. If there's anything positive that came out of the benching of McNabb it's that the pressure of losing his job is making him play with more passion and pride. That's something that should have been in his head from the start.
Do I still want Kevin Kolb as the QB of this team? Let's look at the facts. Yes, McNabb was incredible in 2004, but we can't keep living in the past. It's 2008 going into 2009 and since 2004, McNabb has suffered two very serious injuries, is now 32, has gained a bit of weight, has lost his best asset (his mobility), and hasn't had a single season that's close to earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
I'm willing to give Kevin Kolb a mulligan. Andy Reid threw him to the wolves. He had to go in relatively unprepared against the NFL's best defense. If you expected him to go in there and play like Joe Montana, that's delusional. Kolb made two bad interceptions and a critical one in the endzone, but let's give Ed Reed a bit of credit. He is the best safety in the NFL and if I was playing Madden and saw Reggie Brown come across the endzone, I probably would have made the same call. Throughout that drive, Kolb was looking sharp and looked like he had a good grasp of the West Coast Offense. Kolb throws a very nice ball, he's more mobile, but his decision making is obviously poor due to inexperience. I don't think he's going to end up being a bust. Kolb will be a very good player one day.
The Bottom Line: The Eagles are 6-5-1, which is last place in the NFC East, and unless they win every single game on the remainder of their schedule, they will not make the playoffs, something that McNabb has gotten to since 2004. Remember who the QB was the last time the Eagles made the playoffs? That would be Jeff Garcia. McNabb: 5-5. Garcia: 5-1. Garcia clinched a playoff spot, beat the Giants in the first round, and then lost to the Saints in the next round. The Saints loss wasn't Garcia's fault. He played great. The Eagles run defense lost that game. If the 2008 Eagles defense played on that 2006 team, the Eagles could have played the Colts in the Super Bowl.
I'm tired of McNabb costing us a playoff spot season after season. McNabb plays very good at times, but performances like last night are few and far between. Westbrook won that game for the Eagles, not McNabb. Unless McNabb can miraculously get the Eagles a playoff spot, the Eagles need to go in a new direction. I still love McNabb. He's given us many great memories, but let me define insanity to you. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. McNabb hasn't led the Eagles to the playoffs since 2004 and his time is running out. The Eagles need to take a new direction and that means a change at QB and at head coach.
If the above statement were true, then I would have to
conclude that the majority of Eagles fans who wish to have Donovan McNabb
benched are idiots.If you people who
hate on #5 have anything to be thankful about this Thanksgiving, it should be
that you were blessed to have on your team, one of the most revered and
dominant QBs to play in the NFL in the past 25 years.In his 10th season as lead Bird,
D-Nice still throws nearly 32 times a game to horrendous receivers, and until
recently, puts up jaw dropping numbers.What we as true Eagle fans should be doing is orchestrating a coup to
overthrow the Eagles front office and management.I, along with hopefully some of you, have
been kicking and screaming for the front office goons to sign a #1 wide
receiver (or at least a #2) since the beginning of the season.If you as a reasonable, logical and rational
Eagles fan canít see how the absence of a #1 wide receiver is the single most destructive
variable in the Eagles demise over the past 4 years, then you are nothing short
of delusional.In 2004, with the help of
just one big time wide-out (who will remain anonymous) McNabb was able to pass
for more than 30 TDs on nearly 4,000 yds passing with a ridiculous passer
rating of 104.7.Both Donovan and the anonymous
wide out thrived and put up career numbers since both were the key ingredients
in catalyzing the infamous Eagles heavily pass oriented west coast offense we
still use to this day.
So you see my friends, the problem does not lie with our
franchise QB, it lies with the front office final decision makers.I am insulted that Donovan McNabb was benched
last Sunday, Iím insulted that my friend, colleague, and co-owner of this site
wrote some anti-McNabb article and then went ahead and posted it, and most of
all Iím insulted that the front office of my team stands steadfast to their commitment
to sign players like Greg Lewis year after year, while shutting the door on
available #1 receivers.I donít buy the,
ďWe offered him a contractĒ excuse anymore when I know for a fact that we can
offer/buy any receiver with the shat-load of money the Eagles can currently
"GET ME A RECEIVER OR GIVE ME DEATH IN THE FORM OF KEVIN KOLB"
I, among the vast majority of Eagles fans, have been calling for the Kevin Kolb era to begin. Last week my words about McNabb were harsh. The loss to the Bengals was inexcusable. Despite wanting to see this team take a new direction, it was sad seeing McNabb benched. I didn't expect it to happen this soon. I figured he would play out the rest of the game and if he lost, there would be maybe a 20% chance that Kevin Kolb would be the starter on Thanksgiving against the Cardinals. Knowing Andy Reid, I figured McNabb would be the starter until the Eagles were mathematically out of the playoffs.
Well, we got our first taste of Kevin Kolb and it wasn't too promising. First, you have to give credit to the Baltimore Ravens. They're arguably the best defense in the NFL. Both QBs for the Eagles had two interceptions with a passer rating of rougly 11. The offensive line deserves its share of the blame for the terrible performance of both McNabb and Kolb. With the way the Ravens play, the Eagles offensive line couldn't even stop a four-man rush. The one advantage that I see Kolb having over McNabb is his mobility. At least Kolb could escape the pocket to buy another three seconds before having to chuck the ball away.
Will Kolb remain the starter? That's what I'm interested in seeing. Once you make the switch, you can't go back. I can't wait and hear what's said during the press conference.
If we've seen McNabb play his last game as an Eagle, thanks for the memories Donny.
"I guess he felt his normal mild-mannered self wasn't working,"
linebacker Omar Gaither said. "With Coach Reid, when the volume goes up
and he starts turning red, you start paying a little more attention."
McNabb added a new blog over at Yardbarker. This is in his own words on the team that he faces this Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens (in Baltimore):
The Ravens are a good team. Their defense has a number of Pro Bowl
players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Terrell Suggs and they are playing
at a high level again this season. They are tough against the pass and
even stronger against the run. John Harbaugh is a great coach and has
helped them turn things around and restore their confidence. I remember
as a rookie having to run the scout team for special teams. John's
practices were always organized and instructive, but they were also
fun. I'm not surprised at all that he has the Ravens playing so well.
Translation: Don't hate me and try to run me out of this town if I lose against the Ravens.
During Donovan McNabb's press conference, I thought that he would admit that he had a long night of taking shots of Patron with the boys at the local strip joint, but instead, his lame excuse for his performance was that he didn't know the game could end in a tie. Please, if you can't beat the Bengals in 75 minutes when your defense gives you every opportunity to win the game, you don't deserve to play in the NFL. Period.
The ride is over. We were fooled into believing that McNabb will resurrect his career after finally getting healthy again. We were wrong. McNabb doesn't have it anymore. He is a washed-up has-been.
Just look at the stats. Since the bye week: 53.8 completion percentage, 6 TDs, 5 INTs.
Don't give me this McNabb just had one bad game talk. The only time that we see a brilliant performance from McNabb is when he's playing the Rams or Lions. Those games don't count. When McNabb faces any middle-of-the-pack defense, he struggles.
This team needs to take a new direction. It's time to fire Andy Reid. If we could have only fired him last year and promoted John Harbaugh, we would be in pretty good shape. It's time to trade McNabb for whatever we can salvage. And it's time for the Kevin Kolb era to begin. Begin it now!
Do you think we can get a 4th-round pick from the Lions for McNabb this offseason?
What the hell was that? A tie, seriously? That was the most pathetic offensive showing that I've ever seen. Akili Smith, Ryan Leaf, or Joey Harrington could have won that game for the Eagles. Four turnovers by McNabb. Countless balls thrown into the ground that were nowhere close to a receiver. Interceptions thrown right into the hands of defenders. It was like he was intentionally trying to lose the game.
I just can't wait to hear his explanation. The only explanation that I can think of is that he was severely hungover and didn't feel like playing football. I'm not buying the confusing defensive scheme of the genius 1-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff as an excuse. To borrow a line from Bill Maher...
New Rule: McNabb doesn't drink Saturday nights before games.
It's something that we've been waiting for since 1983. After 25 years, a championship is back in Philadelphia. Good bye Curse of William Penn. Thank you Philadelphia Phillies.
It's unmistakable that every man on the Phillies roster, every man, has stepped up huge at some point this post-season. It's impossible to give the MVP to any one player. Congratulations to Cole Hamels though: you deserve it. Without a doubt, this World Series was a complete team effort.
Spads conducted an interview with Eagles President Joe Banner. Here are some highlights:
-- Why no moves were made at the trade deadline: Eagles are always looking for ways to improve the team. They were in talks with KC, but they did not want to trade Tony Gonzalez. They felt compelled to listen to offers due to Tony's request, but none of the offers were good enough.
-- How Banner views Roy Williams being traded to the Cowboys: The Cowboys paid a lot. Banner wouldn't pay that much despite the player that Roy is. Cowboys traded two 1st -round picks for Galloway and 12 years later, they still haven't won a playoff game.
-- The acquisition of acquiring Tracy White and releasing Tony Hunt: The addition of White will help the Eagles on special teams. It's disappointing when a first day draft pick doesn't work out, but even the best evaluators usually hit only 50% of their picks. You go into draft knowing some will work out and others won't. When a situation doesn't work out, you have to move on.
-- Thoughts on the Fullback position: Eagles are back with Klecko and they feel good about him, but they're still searching for the answer.
-- Eagles players coming back to the team (Westbrook, Curtis, Brown): Adding players to what we have is optimistic going forward. It's time to get on a roll with these players.
-- Salary Cap: It's time to offer extensions to players. Eagles are evaluating options, but don't want to discuss publicly who they're approaching and not approaching. The Eagles both starting tackles are in the final year of their contract. Unfortunately, the Eagles will have to let some players hit free agency this offseason.
-- Draft Moves: We got good value for the picks. We essentially traded Anthony Spencer for Kevin Kolb, Stewart Bradley, and Brent Celek. It looks like the Eagles won that one. The Eagles also essentially traded Jeff Otah for a 2009 first-round pick and Trevor Laws and then got DeSean Jackson to boot. The Eagles gained a lot of value there.
-- The Falcons: Amazing turn around for them. Great QB and they play aggressively. Obviously a game the Eagles have to win going forward.