So it's Friday, short work week, feeling pretty good about the day. And then the local papers thought it would be fun to just rip open all the old wounds and rub 25 tons of salt into them.
Thanks guys, really needed that.
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This stat is wrong though:
#4 - Donovan McNabb, Eagles
Drafted, second overall pick, 1999. Has played his entire career here, and it has included four conference title games and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX. Has thrown for more than 25,000 yards and 171 TDs, and rushed for almost 3,000 yards and 24 more scores, some of them remarkable for their athletic artistry. Has played just one full season in the past six because of a series of injuries.
McNabb sat out the season ender in 2004 because the game was meaningless. So it's two full seasons.
Which still isn't great.
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So now that we've had this little orgy of self-pity for the past month, can we just agree not to talk about again for another 25 years? I think it's time to man up a little bit on all this. Yeah, our teams came up short for a long time. There's always next year.
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Ok, so with that out of the way, I wanted to talk a little bit about the QB situation. If you're Donovan McNabb this year, isn't your top priority for the 2008 season going to be not getting hurt? I mean, sure, a Super Bowl would be nice, but when it comes right down to it, staying on the field is really the key, because one lingering injury coupled with a nice performance or two from Kevin Kolb and suddenly you're looking at getting Wally Pipped.
And while I honestly think McNabb might not be too broken up about the possibility of starting somewhere fresh, with a fanbase that sees him as the answer and not the problem, no one wants to leave under those circumstances.
But here's where that could get interesting. If McNabb has one of those week-to-week type deals, there's obviously an immediate possibility of a QB controversy IF Kolb comes in and does a credible enough job to win the game. I mean, the bar for success for McNabb these days is pretty much 300 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs and one win. Anything less than that and it was an "off" game for Donovan.
Whereas with Kolb, 12-20, 165 yards, 1TD 1INT and one win is going to have most of the city ready to throw him a parade.
So that's possible controversy #1. Kind of straightforward. But what if McNabb has something that's more than week-to-week? Say Donovan was playing well the first couple months, the Eagles are sitting at 6-2, and suddenly he (knock wood) blows out another important body part. What if Kolb then comes in and looks bad for a couple weeks, knocking the Eagles down to 6-4 and starting at a crucial road game against the Baltimore Ravens to stay somewhat alive in the playoff race?
Besides guaranteeing that I will write approximately 2,000 Paul Posluszny / Stewart Bradley posts during those two weeks, this situation also seems likely to create a second QB controversy, where we all forget about all those picks Feeley threw last year and concentrate instead on how well the offense seemed to move with him at the helm.
All of which is to say, Try not to get hurt next season, Donovan. There's no shame in throwing the ball away on occasion.
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Bob Ford gives us a little more background on seventh-round offensive tackle King Dunlap today in the Inquirer. Good info in the piece, but I want to quibble with one point I've heard a number of people make:
"Starting tackles William Thomas and Jon Runyan will turn 34 and 35, respectively, this coming season. There are tentative internal plans to eventually move Shawn Andrews or Todd Herremans to tackle. It is possible that Winston Justice can develop into a decent NFL player. Beyond that, all of which is pretty sketchy, the position could use help."
So the Eagles have in place two starters, a second-round backup, and two starting guards who could both project to tackle (one of whom actually has played left tackle in the NFL) and that's "pretty sketchy"?
I'd have to do some digging here, but could there possibly be a single team in the league that has a better succession plan than that in place? We don't know how it will play out, but that's an incredible amount of depth at that position.
We have high standards for this team. Not only must they win a Super Bowl, but they have to do it with starter-ready backups at every position.
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He looks bigger than Kearse did last year at this time.
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A friend sent me this link yesterday. It's kind of a weird piece. I'm not actually sure what the point was supposed to be. And it generated some spectacularly off-topic comments in a record-breaking period of time.
But here's my big problem with the piece. How does a writer addressing the issue of income inequality in the NFL (we should all be so unfortunate to be part of the NFL salary scale) not at least pass a nodding mention in the direction of the concept of mobility? (Especially a writer who brings that particular "non-leftish" viewpoint.)
I'm not trying to get into a fullblown defense of the league's salary structure, but it's probably worth mentioning that a lot of those guys who aren't getting paid very much (ha) are younger players who just came in to the league. Once they hit their free agent years, things change for them dramatically.
So yeah, at any given time, some smallish percentage of the guys will be taking in a disproportionate amount of the total pie, but the composition of that group isn't static. Many of today's have-nots will be tomorrow's haves.