When NFL Films does its review of the 2006 Eagles season, only a five-disk special edition will be able to capture all of this year's amazing storylines.
Disk #1 will be the team's 4-1 start, which would have been 5-0 had the Eagles not bonked an easy win against the Giants with a legendary second-half collapse. Call it "McNabb for MVP."
Disk #2 will be the middle stretch, during which the Eagles lost five of six games, their franchise quarterback, and most of their fanbase. We'll call that one, "Reid's Darkest Days."
Disk #3 will tell the tale of the team's rebirth under backup quarterback Jeff Garcia, who ripped off five straight wins and guided the team to an improbable NFC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP. The capper was a meaningless victory over the sorry Atlanta Falcons, "The Laugher at the Linc."
We don't know yet what will be on Disk #4, but with what we've seen so far, you have to believe that anything is possible. (Disk #5, of course, will be outtakes of the McNabb family responding to criticism, real and imagined -- brought to you by Campbell's Chunky.)
Random thoughts, because it's New Years Eve time:
- Hey Reid, you know that whole "We wanted AJ thing"? Let's just agree we were both right.
- In the second half, the Eagles didn't run the ball once until 8:50 left in the fourth quarter. That's 16 straight second-half passes if you're scoring at home.
- Surrounded by backups, Dhani Jones still doesn't look that good.
- Surrounded by backups, Matt McCoy still doesn't look that good.
- Surrounded by backups, AJ Feeley looked friggin' awesome. I mean, stick with Garcia and all, but AJ put up better numbers than Garcia has in any game this year.
- Brodrick Bunkley looked like a guy who can really contribute as he gets more snaps.
- Ryan Moats kinda didn't.
And you know what? That's all I've got. I'm ready to go, um, "enjoy" this Eagles season tonight. This should be a fun week, though, with a lot of interesting storylines. I don't relish the chance to play the Giants again, but at least we're at home.
In the meantime: