Andy Reid, It's Time To Go! (And Take Donovan McNabb With You!)
In the Eagles' most recent game against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-8), which resulted in a 13-13 tie, the Eagles were heavily favored. From the start of the game, the Eagles did not seem to be prepared for the Bengals.
On offense, the Eagles went back to their “pass happy” ways, giving McNabb the opportunity to set a new career high in pass attempts with 58. Unfortunately, completing only 31 passes with three going to the other team.
In the game, the Eagles faced 18 third-down opportunities. Of the 18 third downs, there were 18 called pass plays, the team converted five first downs and McNabb was sacked once.
Brian Westbrook, one of the game's most versatile players, is standing in your backfield and you decide to pass on every play, it just makes no sense. Reid, we all now McNabb is your star player and that you've been molding him for a decade but he cannot do it alone no matter how much you would like him to.
I know it sounds like I'm putting all the blame on McNabb; trust me, I'm not. In overtime, the Eagles faced a 4th-and-1 on their own 22-yard line with less than two minutes left. Instead of trying to gain the one yard, Reid decided to send out second year punter, Sav Rocca, to kick back to the Bengals.
When you have a quarterback the size of McNabb, a 4th-and-1 should be no problem, like earlier in the game when they converted a 4th-and-1 on a simple quarterback sneak. How can you coach with no faith in you team?
I know Reid has had success in the past, but this is a different time, McNabb is not the same quarterback he was a few years back, defenses have gotten used to Reid's “pass first, pass second philosophy.”
I think its time to sit McNabb and bring in Kevin Kolb, who will only have two years left on his contract after this season, in if he is the future of this team and try and salvage something from this season. In Reid's case, it is time for him to step down and spend time with his family. This will benefit everyone greatly.
I know it will be hard to see the “face of the franchise” and savior of the team leave, but I’m pretty sure the fans will get over it as soon as the team starts winning again.
I know I will.
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