So, Where Do We Go From Here?
This season has no doubt been tough. And the worst part is that it's not even a re-building year for our beloved Iggles. So, what the hell is this season about? And where is this team going?
For a few seasons, Andy Reid had me buying into his "system". I even had a fleeting thought that it was modeled like the Patriots championship factory... but alas, I was a fool, a sucker, a dope even. There is no system here. We are living in chaos right now and have no direction, so it is time to behead the captain and throw him overboard...I am sorry about the bad nautical analogy, but my point is that we can't possibly consider returning this same crew for another run next season. Years ago when we tried to come back after the humiliating Tampa loss in the NFCCG, Bill Simmons likened Reid's lack of upgrading as trying for the "degree of difficulty" thing. Why come back with the same exact motley bunch and think it will work this season.
Not counting our brief (but eye-opening) stint with one Terrell Owens (T-O! T-O! T-Oooo!), we have gone 8 seasons without really upgrading our receiving corps or our running game. We were fortunate to land Westbrook but rather than an upgrade, I consider it just good fortune...at least management had the foresight to sign him to a lucrative contract because he is our entire offense right now.
But, come on, do we really want to bring this tired group of people back for yet another season? ("You can do it THIS time Andy, we know it!").
Just look in their eyes, THEY don't even think they are good. You can literally see the exhaustion and apathy, can't you? I don't blame the players either, it's the "system" that does it. McNabb looks like he's on pain killers most of the time. He just does not really care anymore. Would you? I would not care at all, not after the long road it has been here in Philly for Donovan. Since the time he was drafted until now, through all of the injuries and his choking in the Super Bowl, he has faced almost nothing but adversity here. The fans are tired of him and I am positive he despises us by now...but I can't really blame him for that to be honest.
TRADE MCNABB??: On "Inside the NFL", Cris Carter mentioned sending McNabb to Atlanta. I like that idea actually. Or even to the Bears. Dmac's better days are behind him, and I think we need a re-building year in any case. I even want the best for old #5, so I think he can put a spark back in his own game and ignite Atlanta from its post-Vick malaise. Or even Chicago - they really need a QB and it's McNabb's hometown...can you imagine that homecoming celebration? Talk about perfect timing. We can still get REALLY good trade fodder for McNabb and it's inthe team's best interests to do so...in another year or two, McNabb will not nearly have the value he has now. Plus, if we're not going to put a supporting cast around the guy, what value is he?
Donovan did rebound this week, completing 20 of 28 passes for 251 yards, 4 touchdowns and no INTs. But again, it was a come from behind victory, which just says to me that these guys don't play hard for 4 quarters. They always seem to get motivated in the fourth quarter. I'm sick of it.
My prediction: McNabb is gone after this season.
Team Note: McNabb broke Jaworski's team record for completions (2,089). Noteworthy, but still not a Lombardi trophy.