Tuesday, November 15, 2005

INEXCUSABLE - and other random thoughts

NINETY-FIVE YARDS in penalties. Former Superbowl contenders don't make such mental mistakes.

Except for the penalties, up until the last 4 :40, we were really the better team, and by far. We had a much greater time of possession, I think we had 19 first downs to their 9, a lot more total offense, and really stopped their offense, especially the run.

Then we just forgot how to play. And coach... Why would we call an all-blitz at the end of the game, putting Lito in one-on-one coverage, which he has consistenly blown?

And the play call that led to Roy Williams' interception was idiotic. Why would we pass? I don't see how it can be justified. Of course, I'm just a fan and not an expert, but it still makes NO sense -- especially when considering that McNabb has thrown horrible interceptions at the end of the last three straight games to end it. Now four.

Basically, the loss was our fault, not the cowgirls'. In my view, this makes it even more inexcusable. Sure, we had the benefit of a surprise comeback against the Chargers, but that was different -- it was one play. Last night, the cowgirls drove down the field and scored on us in FORTY SECONDS. And then came the interception... That's 14 points in just a couple minutes. Gross.

And about McNabb -- I still don't think we can conclude he's overrated because of his horrible performances in the last four games. I still think he's a great QB, but I think he's genuinely hurt. You can see him not be able to step into his throws. That, however, isn't a consolation for losing. AND, perhaps more importantly, he's been making some tremendously stupid decisions out there, which can't be attributed to his injury. He definitely seems to have lost some confidence in his game. I think that's pretty apparent, and is the reason why we hear him state that he's the team leader more and more often. He's trying to convince himself.

On WIP, Mark Eckel said No. 5 was really injured after the game, and even needed to be helped on and off of the podium for the postgame PC. He thinks it's likely No. 5 could be out for the season. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Then we can completely strip ourselves of whatever expectations we had, and just watch the games, being happy for any positives and just shrugging our shoulders when we screw up, since we'll be expecting it even more than we normally do.

The question: Coy or Mike? Although Reid is entrenched into his pecking orders, at this point doesn't it make sense to start grooming McMahon?


Blogger KES said...

Get McNabb help (surgery), fire Reid, and start over next year

11/15/2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

I agree it's probably time to suck it up and get No. 5 the surgery, but despite Reid's astoundingly dumb play calling of late, I still don't think he should be canned. Believe me, I CAN'T STAND some of the things he does with his play calling, but I still think he's a great coach and has the record to prove it. Hopefully he can just learn not to make such obvious, stupid mistakes (altho you hope truly great coaches don't do that in the first place).

So I know Reid has seemingly been outcoached a lot (and been primarily responsible for many a loss) but I'd give him a chance, because I think he's earned it. Especially in Philly, we're too quick to jump ship. Hell, it wasn't very long ago when we started 0-2 and No. 5 couldn't make a pass to save his life, that people were calling for him to be replaced by A.J. Feely.

I was always in favor of JoePa staying and coaching as long as he likes too. He made Penn State football what it is, and if anyone can deserve to keep a coaching job, it's him. So I don't think we need to get rid of Reid yet.

But if he doesn't stop with these stupid play calls, then I'll happily revisit the issue.

11/15/2005 11:45 AM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

I don't think dumping Reid is the answer, although right now I'd like to. There aren't a lot of great coaches out there and he's a good one - not great, but very good. Starting over next season is an answer though - this season is obviously a waste so we should just mail it in and get a good draft pick now. On the offseason, sign everybody we can get our hands on and max our cap room out, including a DE, a DT, a #1 WR and more than anything else, a bruising RB...I'd like to have Duce back if we can get him. If we don't get a RB or if we bring Pinkston back as #1 WR, don't even bother watching next season either.

11/15/2005 1:23 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

Oh yeh, regarding a replacement for #5, definitely McMahon. He's more dynamic than Koy and we have a better shot with someone like that. I hope McNabb is done for the season and gets the surgery right away. We need him to be fully recovered for the next season (because "next season" is when we're going to be really good)...am I being sarcastic? I don't even know anymore.

11/15/2005 1:29 PM  
Blogger KES said...

Maybe not time to fire him (I was frustrated when I wrote that), but I am not sure that he does not need to be a little concerned. They still have talent and still SHOULD be winning. I dont want to hear about a SB right now. Just win the games you should be winning first. They cannot do that. Play calling is play calling. We wont always agree but they have done well in the past and no reason to think they cant in the future.

Reid needs to change some things, as do the Ealges if they want to turn this season around and build for next year.

They are a much better team than they are showing right now (Hell, since day one)

11/15/2005 4:30 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

They are a much better team than this. That's what is most frustrating right now. They have pro-bowlers who are playing like college players. So disappointing, but maybe it's time to invest in next year right now - get some rookies out there and such.

11/15/2005 5:54 PM  

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