- I’m being forced against my will to reevaluate my long standing opinion that Jay Cutler “sucks at football”. 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in his last five games, and the Bears are 4-1 in that stretch…
- Jay Cutler is from Santa Claus, Indiana. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
- I’m watching Good Day Philadelphia right now, and I hate it.
- Why couldn’t Dwayne Bowe play like this when I started him in my fantasy football playoffs two weeks ago?
- I love seeing the Giants fall apart every once in awhile. Eli Manning threw 17 more interceptions yesterday, or something like that. View full article »
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Former Eagles player and current Redskins third-string quarterback Donovan McNabb broke his silence this morning on his benching and even spoke on his future in the NFL. Here are a couple of blurbs I’ve seen across Twitter and elsewhere.
On learning Thursday that he would be benched: “Communication is key. You would like to hear it early. If you hear it late, it throws off a lot of guys.”
Was McNabb disrespected?: “You get in that situation and all of a sudden you get this news a couple days before the game, you do feel somewhat disrespected.”
Has McNabb heard from upper management?: “I haven’t heard from the owner. I haven’t heard from the GM. “
Does McNabb want to stay a Redskin? “I definitely hope so, and I expressed that. I don’t want to go anywhere.”
For years, the city of Philadelphia was forced to put up with a passive-aggressive approach to press conferences and interactions with the media. This is the one time where I would have loved to have seen McNabb go off the deep end and let his true feelings be known.
Benching a franchise quarterback for Rex Grossman is an insult. Sending your benched quarterback out as a captain for the coin toss on Sunday in a stadium he has already been embarrassed in twice? That’s another insult. The Shanahans’ handling of the Redskins this season, especially in the case of Donovan McNabb is embarrassing. McNabb had the right to go off.
But he never does, and he never will. Must still be lining himself up for that analyst job when he calls it quits.
What can be said that hasn’t been said… that you haven’t read… that you haven’t felt.
The Philadelphia Eagles did not play well enough to win in their 38-31 victory, but somehow, the Birds are one win away, or one Giant loss, from their first NFC East Championship since 2006. (It has been awhile, hasn’t it?)
I’m not going to sit here on a Monday night and recap a game that you’ve watched the highlights for a dozen times. That would be wasteful.
What I will do is look beyond the despair and euphoria we lived through yesterday as a fan base, and reflect on the positives and negatives that will affect the final two games of the regular season and beyond. There are surely plenty of them, but I’ll try to keep it short.
We can certainly revel in the last eight minutes of yesterday’s
impossible improbable comeback. The Eagles showed they have bounce back ability deep in a big game, when most people saw an opportunity to change the channel. Michael Vick had 94 rushing yards and a touchdown in the final quarter of the game, and Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin capitalized on secondary mistakes to make huge plays.
We can’t revel in the first 52 minutes, where blown coverage in the Eagles’ secondary, especially where Dimitri Patterson was involved, helped the Giants immensely. Say what you will about Eli Manning and his 20 interceptions, but he was able to pick on the right defenders at the right time and move the ball effectively in the first half.
Continuing with mistakes, there were three plays where Andy Reid could have thrown the red challenge flag and won, but opted not to. There was also a blown call by referees at the end of the first half that allowed the Giants to get another quick opportunity in the red zone. They scored a touchdown on that play,when Dimitri Patterson gave Hakeem Nicks way too much room in a short-field situation.
The Birds have allowed 30 passing touchdowns this year, including three yesterday, and were disappointing in the red zone again. They remain the worst in the league in that defensive category. I’m still waiting for that to come back and be the dagger in a big game. I just hope it’s not in the playoffs. Hell, it should have been yesterday.
On the defensive side, the Eagles were sharper in the second half. Mistakes were minimal and the Giants could only muster one touchdown, and that was off a turnover in the Eagles zone. Rookie 7th round pick Jamar Chaney got his first start at middle linebacker with Stewart Bradley out the rest of the season. In case you missed it in all of the excitement, he had 16 tackles and only a couple of mistakes. Not bad for a young 7th rounder.
The bad news for the defense (other than allowing the most touchdowns through the air in the Andy Reid era), they lost another defensive starter in safety Nate Allen, who tore his patellar tendon in his right knee. The injury is serious enough to keep him out possibly after the beginning of training camp next July.
That makes it three starters on the defense that have been lost in two short weeks. The aforementioned Bradley is on that list, as is rookie defensive lineman Brandon Graham, who tore his ACL. If you throw Ellis Hobbs in there, the Birds are falling from flight too quickly on the other side of the ball. The Eagles will likely sign a player tomorrow to join their secondary in the wake of Allen’s injury.
If you consider all of this, plus the fact that the Eagles are a win or a Giants loss away from a playoff birth and the NFC East division, where does that put them in your mind? Is the explosing Eagles offense featuring Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson enough to carry the Eagles through the postseason? Are you still worried about the playcalling and decision making of Andy Reid and the coaching staff? Are the defensive ailments becoming too much (terrible red zone percentage, injuries, youth and inexperience in the secondary) to overcome?
There are a lot of questions and not many answers. The closest thing to a response would be 10 wins and four losses, but that means nothing in the second season.
What is true is that incredible minutes following 52 dismal ones won’t fly in the playoffs. This is the NFL…
…and the Eagles can’t play every game in the Meadowlands.
Other observations from Week 15, in no particular order.
- I said last week that Matt Cassel was the most important player on the Kansas City Chiefs. I wasn’t kidding.
- From the “awesome sign” department: “Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Joe Webb?” One of the best signs I’ve seen this season. ESPN showed a fan holding it up after Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb’s rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the Bears Monday night. Good for him.
- Tom Coughlin’s tirade on rookie punter Matt Dodge was hilarious, but I do feel bad for the kid… I’m also thankful for his actions.
- Rex Grossman’s four touchdowns were impressive, but he still wasn’t the solution for the Redskins, and benching Donovan McNabb was a mistake and an insult.
- Staying with the ‘Skins, Mike Shanahan sending out McNabb as a captain for the coin toss was despicable, tasteless, and heartless. His handling of the team and his son’s handling of the offense is something to take a look at when the final fingers are pointed at season’s end.
- Dan Snyder is clueless and he should sell the Redskins or stay the hell out of football decisions. He’d be a great hands-off owner.
- Matt Flynn performed as well as Aaron Rodgers would have in the Packers 31-27 loss against the Patriots last night… until that final 30 seconds, where Flynn’s youth and inexperience cost the Pack the chance to steal one from the likely representative for the AFC in the Super Bowl.
- The New York Jets aren’t dead, but they’ve had too many close games this year to get deep in the playoffs. We’ll see if I’m on to something… because they’ll be there.
- Classy move by Jeff Fisher to give Mike Heimerdinger the game ball yesterday. Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer in November and has continued to remain with the team. A touching moment for a team that has struggled mightily this year.
- I love Andy Reid’s enthusiasm this season. I guess having a young team can… well… make you feel young again. I’m loving it, Big Red. I’m loving it.
Johnson, the beat reporter for the Redskins, also reports that the Redskins locker room is divided over the move. Many players are upset with the decision.
The writing was on the wall this past week as McNabb and Grossman shared first-team reps during practice. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports initially reported earlier in the week that the Skins’ were prepping Grossman to take over for McNabb against the Dallas Cowboys this week. Speculation continued during Mike Shanahan’s press conferences this week, remaining ambiguous.
“I don’t go through the starting lineups. I have told you guys that before.” Shanahan said.
His excuse for doing so?
“It gets people ready for our game and they’ve got to get ready for two, three players for the game. That’s good for us.”
Shanahan’s decision seems to have caused a divide, and this comes just after the NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Redskins for their recent suspension of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The suspension will keep him out for the remainder of the season and some have questioned the move despite glaring problems between the embattled player and the former Super Bowl winning coach.
As far as McNabb, this news comes in the wake of last week’s 17-16 loss to the Buccaneers, where Donovan McNabb engineered a touchdown drive in the closing seconds of the game. A mistake on the point after attempt cost the Skins a point and the game.
If there was a time to pull McNabb, this wasn’t the right time to do it. Some reports are emerging that Kyle Shanahan is using McNabb as a scapegoat on a team that has lost six of their last eight games.
Whatever the case is, it seems that McNabb’s future in Washington is in doubt. If the Redskins release the six-time Pro Bowler, McNabb will test free agency for the first time in his career. It’s safe to say that McNabb will have a tough time getting the money he’s used to, as his stock over the past two years has dramatically dropped.
Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.
“Blurb Sauce!” is a quick look at some of the stories floating around the blogosphere today. It’s also two really inelegant words put together.
John Clark is a Crazy Airport Stalker.
He’s also good at his job. NBC Philadelphia’s John Clark was at Philly International Airport last night to greet Cliff Lee with a microphone, but really to ask for his autograph. Regardless, Lee gave Clark a couple of minutes, and remained modest after being asked if this Phillies rotation is the greatest of all-time. Check it out here.
P.S. It’s so much cooler when he’s this modest.
McNabb Gets Booed by Fans Outside of Philadelphia… sort of.
The 5-8 Washington Redskins are having the type of season that… well… the Washington Redskins always have. The trade for QB Donovan McNabb hasn’t made much of a difference for the ‘Skins and some even think they’re worse off, despite a $70 million contract extension, which really turned out to be a $4 million plea for Fletcher Smith to shut up. There is even a rumor that backup QB Rex Grossman could start Sunday, although those rumblings have subsided.
On to last night, where the Los Angeles Lakers came to D.C. to play the Washington Wizards. McNabb attended the game, and his face on the big screen led to a chorus of boos sprinkled with cheers, according to Washington Post blogger Dan Steinberg, who wasn’t there.
Some describe the reaction more as half-and-half, and a couple others mention that it was mostly Lakers fans that booed the Skins’ embattled quarterback. Whatever the case may be, this “story” wouldn’t be a story if McNabb and the Redskins were playing better. Mike Sellers and DeAngelo Hall also didn’t receive the warmest of receptions.
DeSean Jackson is the NFC Offensive Player of the Week
And who is really surprised? Jackson’s four catches for 210 yards was the third-highest single game total for the Eagles in their history. (Interesting to note that Kevin Curtis, who just battled testicular cancer and signed with the Dolphins this week, is second on that list)
Jackson has given himself plenty of reasons to be in the news this week, given his on-the-field and off-the-field antics. However, we always welcome news like this. It should also be known that Jackson is only the 8th player in NFL history to have at least 900 receiving yards in his first three seasons in the league. Congratulations to him on the accolade.
MJ Not Phased by Monster Dunk
Late in the third quarter of last night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Raptors’ Demar DeRozan delivered an electrifying dunk while drawing a foul and giving his team the lead. That’s pretty damn impressive.
Michael Jordan didn’t look so impressed…
Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk came across a great video of the dunk, followed by MJ’s stoic, seemingly bored reaction. Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, so on top of “not being impressed”, he was probably a little pissed off, too.
All the more entertaining, so make sure you check it out!
The Flyers Topple The Penguins
On top of watching a very entertaining game last night with terrible commentary from the folks at Versus, the Flyers were able to pull out a 3-2 victory over the cooled-down Pittsburgh Penguins, whose winning streak ended at 12. The win also put the Flyers in the league lead with 45 points.
Who better to recap last night’s victory than Daily News Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli? Seravalli is also an alum of Ancillae-Assumpta Academy and Holy Ghost Prep, two schools I’ve always had a deep affection for… for one reason or another. Check it out here!