Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: January 11, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2010 4:13 pm

The Demise of the Eagles

Here at the Mole & Meares show we try to remain partisan when making our picks or doing our power rankings for the NFL.  It is no secret, however, that I am a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan.  I devote 4 hours most every Sunday or Monday from September till now to watching my team on the field.  I also spend countless hours reading, listening and thinking about the Eagles.  I am probably not the most diehard fan in Philly but no one can dispute my passion.  The only problem is I am getting to the point where I am not sure if I should continue my obsessive behavior.  This team, year in and year out, continues to let me down by not delivering a championship that I know they are capable of winning.  I am sure I am not alone today in Philly in my way of thinking.  Why do I continue to pour my heart into this team when each year I know they will eventually rip it out and stomp on it?  Albert Einstein once said "the definition of insanity is to repeat the same action and expect a different result."  It seems both the Eagles and myself are 100% completely insane. 

There are a lot of people in Philadelphia calling for McNabb's head on a platter.  He had two of the worst games of his career in the last two weeks against the hated Dallas Cowboys.  In my opinion, I do believe it is time to move on from #5.  He has had a very good career here in Philly but his time is now finished.  The Eagles have one of the youngest teams in the league from top to bottom, they have two excellent young wide receivers, a very good young running back and tight end.  It's time to try a young (somewhat) quarterback and hand the reigns over to Kevin Kolb.  Do I think that Kolb is going to be better than McNabb?  Not necessarily, but if the Eagles continue to do the same thing over again next year it would be insane by definition.

Fixing the quarterback issue is only one aspect of what needs to be addressed in this offseason.  How about the offensive line?  They were absolutely pitiful against the Cowboys in the last two games.  The Eagles spent millions and millions of dollars on the Andrews brothers only to see them watch from the sideline this entire year.  Stacy Andrews, in a post game interview, stated he was now physically ready to play football, talk about some excellent timing.  Jamal Jackson will more than likely not be back in time for next season either which will leave them a big gaping hole at center.  There is no doubt the Eagles have weapons on offense but if you can't protect the quarterback you have no chance of winning. 

On to the defense who forgot to show up for the last two weeks.  The first thing I would like to see done is to cut Joselio Hanson.  This guy is by far the worst DB in the entire NFL.  He was absolutedly pathetic all season and his inability to cover anything was never more prevelant than in Saturday's game.  The loss of Brian Dawkins was also a huge factor in the downfall of this defense.  Macho Harris is definitely not the answer, I understand he is a rookie but his play seemed to get worse as the season went on.  Hopefully their linebacking core will improve next year when Stewart Bradley comes back from injury.  The main reason they lost these last two games was their lack of size up front on the defensive side of the ball.  They were manhandled by the much larger offensive line of the Cowboys and their quickness was negated by short quick throws by Romo. 

This team has a long way to go to get back to the team they were in the middle of the decade.  Most of the major weapons are in place but they just need to plug some holes and make changes in the necessary areas.  With that said, if they go into next season with the same quarterback and the same offensive and defensive line, then by definition they are 100% insane.


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