An Ongoing Rant About The Philadelphia Eagles
posted by Paulomon Grundy at 2:21 PM
Sorry, turns out that he was paid to play, but he threw the game for free. My source was exaggerating a bit.
Or, could it be that they guy has been playing with a very painful injury that most players would have taken the rest of the season off with. Could it be that not withstanding this injury, he still showed up everyday, worked hard, while taking verbal shots from 81 all year, and also running sh*tting plays that the coaching staff has been calling regardless of this injury?
Probably that. but that doesn't get anyone's attention so they write on this blog.
Hey, I'm a big 5 fan, and I agree with Kooth, but to be fair he has also been playing a little off this season. And I'm not talking just about his accuracy -- which I think has a lot to do with his inability to step into his passes because of his injury. I'm talking about his decision making. Like why is he so afraid to throw the ball away when there's nothing there? He's taken unnecessary sacks and thrown interceptions because of that. He does seem to be less assertive in the pocket too, altho maybe that's just my impression.Maybe Reid was paid to throw the game? He'd make a fortune if he got some coin every time he was outcoached... (I'm exaggerating, but you catch my drift).
But that is the thing with injuries, especially the one he has....it takes you out of YOUR game and you are not you. 5 is not the player he was with that injury. He is still effective and better than most QB's in the NFL, but with an injury like that, it changes things.What gets me is that the coaching staff is choosing to play him (or did) and not willing to change the game plan around so he can be successful (ie. RUN THE F'IN BALL)
I agree with all your comments. I was just being a dick in hopes that someone would respond and I could continue to vent my fumes about this f'ing organization....McNabb is the man and he has been really off this year, mentally and physically. I'm sure it's due to a combination of the injuries and the TO drama. He just doesn't look like himself, but hopefully the city and the team will rally around him as he recovers so he'll come back next year ready to go. The kid's been through too much this year.
Of course, the recurring, omnipresent problem with McNabb has been his refusal to run. I agree with everyone who has said that his running ability is what takes him from being a good QB to being a potentially great QB. But when he obstinately refuses to run, he takes away perhaps his most special skill. He definitely doesn't need to be like Vick, but he can still be extremely effective. Last game he looked great (I mean, he was hurt and not as fast) but I thought his decisions when to run were perfect. And he ran that bootleg that you always say should be in their red zone play list, altho it wasn't really a bootleg as much as him making the play... but still.I'm curious to see McMahon tho. I'm treating the rest of the season like a very intense preseason.
If I were Big Red and Childress, the entire offense would be based on McNabb's mobility - not that I would have him actually run much, but it would create a CONSTANT concern for a defensive coordinator to prevent McNabb from ticking off 15 yards. That's how you fake the QB run later and burn them with Brook or LJ. McNabb's mobility takes away at least one defensive player. At least once every game, I'd throw in a designed McNabb run - bootleg, play action rollout, something like that, enough to lock up the D. I'm not sure why they are trying so hard to make McNabb into something he's not - maybe it's a hangover from Randall's stint or something McNabb feels he has to be, but you can be an excellent pocket passer and still run. Elway did it, Tarkenton did it. IMO, it's almost impossible to stop a McNabb bootleg - he's 240 lbs and a great passer on roll outs.Good idea to treat the rest of the season that way - I'm interested to see what McMahon can do, and how the team reacts. Back in 2003, the team rallied around AJ Feeley and we made it to the playoffs....not that the playoffs are going to happen, but maybe the team will gel at some point this year.
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