An Eagles Fan Over The Edge: Why I'm Done Defending Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the bench against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

For years I've been defending them. I've stood by their side. I've bought Donovan's jerseys. I've tried so hard to overlook those NFC Championship games.

I was absolutely disgusted while watching the Eagles vs. Raiders game Sunday. I just kept saying in my mind, "they're gonna come back, they're gonna come back."

I was wrong.

Yet again, McNabb and the Eagles faced a two-minute-drill situation and failed to execute. Yet again, McNabb and Reid let all of Philly down.

I'm not so sure that Donovan is the Eagles' best option at quarterback anymore. Kevin Kolb showed serious potential against the Saints and the Chiefs. In two games, he threw for 718 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 (one on a pointless Hail Mary pass) interceptions. 

Kevin, DeSean Jackson, and Brent Celek make a trio of dangerous young weapons. Of Kolb's 718 yards and 4 touchdowns, 458 yards and 3 touchdowns were to Jackson and Celek. He also became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards in his first two starts.

And Kolb isn't the only option at quarterback. There is a certain controversial quarterback on the Eagles' depth chart.

You may know him. Yes, I'm talking about Michael Vick. Back in his days with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was one of the most exciting and well paid players in the NFL. In 2006, his last season with the Falcons, he became the first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards. However, his career with Atlanta was ruined by injuries, inconsistency, and...dog fighting.

Donovan's struggles cannot be excused anymore. A change is needed. He isn't a 23-year-old quarterback. It is too late for him to "work on the two minute drill" or "get that throw down."

The Eagles need to make a change.

There was something in the Eagles' mind when they drafted Kevin Kolb. There was something in the Eagles' mind when they signed Mike Vick. Now it is time to consider moving on.

If Donovan goes into the Washington game this week and stinks up the place, it is time to make a change. They have a young quarterback who has proven he can start, and a veteran who in the past has broken records, opened eyes, and led his team to the playoffs.

Now, there is another person to blame here.

You may know him as the small planet often seen on the Eagles sideline. Andy Reid did a simply awful coaching job on Sunday. The passaholic strikes again!  

Despite having extremely limited success passing the ball, he threw it 46 times and ran the ball 14 times. The Eagles were averaging 4.8 yards per carry! 4.8 yards per carry, and only 14 rushes! 

Are you kidding me?!?

Reid simply refused to run the ball even though the Raiders were getting pressure on Donovan the whole game.

A decade of this duo is enough for me. I'm sure it's enough for Philly too. If the Eagles don't make the playoffs, I might be okay with that.

The dream scenario for me (other than the Eagles winning the Super Bowl) is if they slighly miss the playoffs, fire Andy Reid, sign a coach with championship experience (Mike Shanahan or Jon Gruden), trade Donovan McNabb for some good draft picks, and give Kolb or Vick a chance to start.

Someone explain why this wouldn't work! Despite ditching your long-time starting quarterback and head coach, you still have plenty of weapons on your offense.

What about the defense, you ask? The Eagles linebacking core as of now is average, but next year Stewart Bradley will return from his ACL tear and the free agent pool at linebacker is insane.

Demarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Karlos Dansby, Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard, DeMeco Ryans, Thomas Davis, Derrick Johnson, and D'Qwell Jackson are all free agents. Signing one of them would make the Eagles linebacking core one of the best in the NFL.

It's time for a change and the Eagles have to know that.