I'm not an Eagles fan, so I can actually care less, but the people of Philly do care. They care now more than ever considering that their team had preseason Super Bowl aspirations and have failed to fulfill them.
It also doesn't help the Eagles that the Phillies just won their first World Series title across the street, and expectations and scrutiny are going to be much higher across the city of Philadelphia.
But let's talk about what everyone wants to talk about—yesterday. What occurred yesterday in Cincinnati was absolutely inexcusable. The Eagles finished a game they were supposed to win and keep them in the hunt for an NFC wild card berth in a tie.
The hilarious part of it all is that the "bird-brains" didn't know a game could end in a tie. What? Are you kidding me? Both McNabb, Reid, and the rest of the players stood on the sidelines as if the game wasn't over and the referees were going to change the rules for them this one time.
Yesterday, the Eagles struggled with a Bengals team that is absolutely pathetic and plays no defense. McNabb threw three interceptions—two in the red-zone, one that looked like he threw it out there hoping for a miracle, a fumble in Bengals territory, and a devastating delay of game on third down, late in the game.
Every point the Bengals scored came off of McNabb's turnovers. Throughout the years, Ive been a staunch defender of Donovan. He was once a great QB, and I thought he got a bad rap in Philly, but the key word in this sentence is "was."
No longer is Donovan a great QB and Andy a great coach. One needs to be fired and the other needs to be traded. It's the same way A.I. and Larry Brown made Philadelphians tired of their soap-opera. They both left at separate times but should have left together.
But now that the season is over, and the Eagles are basically out of the NFC Wild Card race, I personally think its time to usher in the Kevin Kolb era and get him a bit of action to prep him for next season.
Kolb will have some weapons in Jackson, Curtis, and Westbrook, so why not give him a shot? It hasn't worked under McNabb, and Reid and doesn't seem like it will revert to the glory years of the past, so if not now, then after the Eagles get slammed in Baltimore next week.
Just give Kolb the ball for the rest of the year and begin grooming him and figure out whether he's up to the job.
But let's explore this game further and explain why Andy Reid needs to be jettisoned, like T.O.
As the folks over at Philly Sports Talk Radio said, Andy Reid is officially a "pass-aholic." Just like there's people that can't stop drinking, Andy, when he gets on the field, can't stop calling pass plays. He called 58 pass plays. Andy must know that calling that many pass plays is a strength for a Brees or Manning, but not for a McNabb, especially when you are running a West Coast offense.
It's like Reid always makes the decision that's opposite of what the fans, commentators, and possibly even the players on the sideline are thinking.
There have been two times this season that instead of keeping the ball in the hands of his best player on a fourth down against the Bears and Giants, Andy has decided to run the ball against tough run defenses with a running back who may be great in Brian Westbrook, but he is not even close to being a short-yardage back.
If you had Jamal Lewis or Deuce McCalister, proven power back's, then I can understand. But a finesse back like Westbrook is usually going to get stuffed on those situations.
Another startling occurrence yesterday was that Reid seemed to not realize that McNabb was having a bad game. He also didn't do his homework, because the Eagles were going up against the 23rd-worst run defense in the NFL, and he has a top-five back in Brian Westbrook and only ran him 15 times.
Does this make any sense on any level? I just don't understand it anymore. All I know is that I don't want to hear Donovan saying "we're better" than we're playing and watch Andy Reid side-step questions like he's on Dancing with the Stars.
Their time is up, and it's time Jeffrey Lurie and the rest of the front office start talking about a new coach and trade destinations for Donovan. It's time...