Repeat After Me: Why Haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles Front Office Given Donovan McNabb Talented Receivers?
Donovan McNabb’s 2008 stats: 333 completions, 550 attempts, 3741 yards, 60.5 %, 21 tds, 11 interceptions for an 85.3 rating.
I bet you think these numbers are low huh?
These stats compare favorably with most successful qb’s in the league. Of the quarterbacks with a higher percentage or more touchdowns in less attempts, there is a glaring (sometimes two, three or eight) distinction…a number one receiver, a top tier tight end and a balanced offensive scheme.
As Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles life support stare the hated Dallas Cowboys and the only receiver their beleaguered quarterback has ever had in the face, an obvious question must be asked…again:
Why hasn’t Donovan been given talented receivers like so many of his peers?
Why did the Philadelphia organization rely on his top flight all around talent and also insultingly break down one of the most feared threats the league has seen since Marshall Faulk–and Tiki Barber more recently–in Brian Westbrook? When Brian signed, everyone knew he couldn’t do it alone physically and ultimately would end up crawling around the locker room after games just to get in the tub and let out a sigh of relief. Now that the chickens have come home to roost, everyone is looking for a scapegoat in one of the best quarterbacks of his era?
Check the winning percentage, the interception to pass ratio (NFL best all time), the yards and the touchdown passes.
Yeah Donovan has had some bad moments but hasn’t every quarterback who has ever lined up under center? Why are his bad times highlighted when his peers similar moments been given the blind eye?
Donovan McNabb is Warren Moon.
Andy Reid is the Mad Hatter and needs to consider dropping one of his hats he’s clumsily juggled if nothing more for the sake of McNabb’s legacy.
Andy he is ya mans right?
Have not the two of you grown together from NFL infancy?
Something for the dome one time…
There are no Black quarterbacks who deserve merit without constant career diminishing and objectifying criticism? After all, hasn’t the quarterback pantheon become a meritocracy?
When Black quarterbacks are given talent, they usually have thrived (Randall in ’98, Culpepper with Moss, McNabb with Owens. All went to at least the NFC Championship game).
Can Black children have one soul model quarterback for their grandchildren just to advance the mental frame?
I’ll say again what I’ve said many times before. Black writers please stand up. If you don’t write it, who will? It’s not up to anyone else. There were actually questions whether Warren Moon deserved to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. What is McNabb’s legacy?
Something for the dome two times…
Does McNabb’s legacy compare to that of Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw? Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Joe Theisman, Joe Montana or John Elway?
If not, who and why not?
In twenty years time you will be able to mention the relevant targets of these great quarterbacks. How many of McNabb’s will you name? Those above who do have rings have them because of the sum of their team parts. None of them did it alone.
Why is McNabb expected to do it alone (not discounting Westbrook or the Eagles defense during his tenure)?
Seems to me, the Eagles organization has relied on his talent a little too much. Do they want to pay a receiver? What’s the deal? This is insulting.
Is it about the athleticism? Player heads think they can get by because he befuddles defenses with his legs? I’m at a loss here. It’s the same thing year in and year out.
He has the arm. He has the intelligence. He has the mobility. Don’t give me that Donovan can’t read defenses characterization reserved for so many Black quarterbacks in the past.
Donovan McNabb is sui generis in this time and space because of his ability to put together a decent career with minimal talent surrounding his above average skills.
You must question Donovan’s demotion on national television. Could the Eagles brass have been making a statement by benching Donovan so unceremoniously just to publicly slam the writing on the wall…driving home the imminent off season change and making it more palatable nationally?
The media here wants transition in part because it gives them something to write about after all the disrespect some have written of McNabb over the years–despite the front office incompetence. They’ve been calling for his head most of Donovan’s tenure. A tenure that includes 4 consecutive NFC Conference Championship appearances and one Super Bowl visit. Once again it’s all about yellow journalism because like the dismissal of Mo Cheeks (except for the notable exceptions of Chris Murray and James Beale), there seems to never be a plan after the firing.
It’s like crack sprinkled on cheese…the rats are still gonna eat despite the addiction it carries.
Some here just write to write…standing on the backs of others just to get the cheese.
What is your plan Philadelphia media?
Kevin Kolb is not the answer. He was a Philly fan darling during McNabb’s very obvious struggles but has struggled himself when given the opportunity to show his wares and subsequently booed unmercifully…slamming his chin strap away and walking off the field after yet another bad interception.
So who do you bring in to “right the ship”? Brett Favre? Uh…Tim Tebow? Hell, Joe Montana or the Donovan McNabb hater Ron Jaworski?
Jeff Garcia was successful here while McNabb was injured because Andy Reid ran the ball.
So would you rather the Eagles be ushered into yet another dark age just because you don’t see this team going anywhere despite the Eagles being the third most consistent NFL team in McNabb’s era?
What is the plan?
I must admit Donovan has had the support of the fans at Lincoln Financial Field during the last two home games. Outside the stadium is another thing. Covering them both, Donovan was never booed because the Eagles finally ran a balanced offense. This was somewhat surprising considering the tone of the columns here in Philly and despite his stats, you’d think Donovan was the sorriest quarterback in the league. In the last two wins, the Eagles have ran the ball during 45 and 41% of the plays respectively (Check the record). Westbrook sacrificed the rest of his season just by suiting up. He has no legs! Check the tape and see for yourself when he’s caught the ball in space and attempted to find an opening after the first level. He’s strictly north and south and that’s not his game. If you’ve noticed, Westbrook has been successful lately because the defense has lost him behind the offensive linemen.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
I have a new found respect for Brian because he’s a football field soldier. You wouldn’t know this if you don’t see if for yourself inside the Eagles locker room when he’s hobbling around.
Yes, in the NFL, injuries are commonplace, but the teams who have the most depth this time of year usually are the most successful.
Bring in the receivers, a full back and please give Correll Buckhalter more chances.
In 466 career attempts, Buckhalter is averaging 4.6 yards a carry and also 10.5 yards per catch.
Why isn’t he playing?
This is something even the casual fan has understood for quite some time. When the Eagles have a more versatile offense, they win. They have become pedestrian and predictable otherwise because there is no one to move the chains when the Eagles absolutely need a game changing moment. The Eagles have no possession receiver. They have guys who can do some damage when their limited skills are combined with others, but no number one threats that intimidate. They have no one who commands a double to open the field and free up a tight end, leave a running back open in the flat or who takes away the safety help over the top. DeSean Jackson has vast potential, but we have to consider he is a first year player. Reggie Brown doesn’t have enough heart in my opinion and neither does LJ Smith or Greg Lewis. I don’t see any fighting for extra yards when it is a necessity to fight for your playoff lives because cats are fearful of yet another visit to the training room. Man up! If not for yourself, then do it for the quarterback who has caught mad wreck the last ten years. There is no sense of urgency by anyone besides Jackson (no one thought he would be this good) and Westbrook on offense. Yes, Jackson missed two big catches Donovan put right on the money this past Sunday, but at least there is effort and a will to win. It would be ludicrous to blame DeSean for the Eagles lost to the Redskins. If you have to depend on a rookie (only in NFL age only) in crucial moments there are major problems.
The Eagles offensive line has done its job and kept pressure off Donovan, but after making his progressions back and forth, it’s obvious Donovan finds no separation.
This has all been said before.
Coming into the season everyone was clamoring for Anquan Boldin, or Larry Fitzgerald, or Chad Ocho Cinco or Roy Williams or Tony Gonzalez or Lorenzo Neal.
Lets take a stroll around the league and highlight who has what just to prove a point. Don’t be dumb people because there is a constant here besides the presence of receiving threats:
Phillip Rivers: Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers and LaDanian Tomlinson.
Tony Romo: Obviously Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Roy Williams and Jason Whitten. Whitten gets open because of Owens. Don’t get it twisted and play that ridiculous media game that Whitten is more important than T.O.
Matt Cassel: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Ben Watson and when the game is on the line? Kevin Faulk to the rescue.
Kurt Warner: Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. He’s always had a nice receiving corps, but hasn’t won anything of merit since 2000. Uh…good story though…I guess.
Matt Ryan: Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Michael Tuner–probably the best free agent pick up in the NFL this season.
Jake Delhomme: Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad and a two headed running back monster.
Jay Cutler: Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley and omnipresent interchangeable parts in the running game.
Joe Flacco: Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and again a running game.
Ben Roethlisberger: Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Nate Washington, the young boy Limas Sweed and despite injuries this season, just enough of a running game to take time off the clock.
Peyton Manning: Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez and of course a running game.
Drew Brees: Marques Colston and a bunch of receivers who fit perfectly in the Saints offensive scheme, but even though Brees is lauded around the league, what has he done? Where’s the national media heat on the Saints?
Sage Rosenfels: Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton. AJ might be the best receiver in the league.
Chad Pennington: Ted Ginn Jr., a host of capable receivers, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown and of course the Wildcat.
Kerry Collins: A running game with rookie star Chris Johnson and bruising LenDale White…setting up the dink and dunk to Bo Scaife.
Jeff Garcia: The probable Comeback Player of the Year in Antonio Bryant and a cagey versatile veteran in Warrick Dunn.
Brett Favre: Jerricho Cotchery, Laveranues Coles, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.
Eli Manning: Are you serious?
Do Eagles receivers compare with any of the aforementioned?
The Eagles have less talent than any NFL contender except for maybe the Chicago Bears.
So…uh…what are you expecting?
Why does Donovan McNabb face the constant fire of media and fan scrutiny while those responsible just get their red hair singed?
Having play makers gives a quarterback comfort and it’s to Donovan McNabb’s credit he’s been able to put up great career numbers despite the lack of overall talent. It must be repeated over and over again the one year he had a number one receiver the Eagles went to the Super Bowl and barely lost to the Pats. Think back to all the playoff losses and there is one glaring weakness, the lack of players who put fear in an opposing defense when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter.
Stop Westbrook and McNabb and you defeat the Eagles.
Don’t give me it’s complicated. Don’t give me others have been successful with less because in the history of the league, there have been very few quarterbacks who won the Super Bowl without the luxury of a number one receiver. Check it. I bet you can count them on one hand. I did.
So now that the season has come to yet another fan disappointment, the question once again has to be asked:
Why haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles front office given Donovan McNabb receivers?
Will the Eagles front office ever give a sufficient answer?
Don’t bet on it.