There is still a lot of football to be played and there is still reason to watch and hope for the Eagles (maybe a few prayers too for Reid, L.J., and Akers). And we can thank Juqua Parker for our continued interest in the 2008 season.
Parker and the D refused to quit yesterday. They showed heart. After McNabb's 3rd quarter interception, the game, the season seemed lost. Hell, the Eagle fans had already jumped ship at this point. Below is a great quote from one of the many Eagle discussion boards following the interception:
"Bye Andy. Don't let the door hit your fat ass on the way out. Maybe you can finally spend some more time with your coked-up sons."
Thankfully for Andy, thankfully for the team, thankfully for the fans the D showed up yesterday in the 4th. In their 6 offensive possessions in the 4th quarter, the 49ers were unable to put together a drive of more than 3 plays!
Pressure on the QB was everywhere, turnovers were a plenty, and Parker sealed the game with his pick 6. The touchdown was the perfect way to cap another strong day for Parker. 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and of course the TD.
So 6 games into the season Parker has a team high 4.5 sacks and is only 1.5 sacks short of his season career high. Not bad for a player that was brought in to just back-up some of the bigger name free agents and draft picks.
Kearse was a bust and is gone. McDougle was a bust and is gone. Howard is a bust, but unfortunately is still here. It took Clemons six weeks to even get on the field as a DE. Abiamiri is just now returning from injury. Cole has been slow to duplicate last year's Pro Bowl performance.
But no worries, there has been one consistent this year at the DE spot...Mr. Parker. And because of Juqua there is still reason to hope for the 2008 season.