Les Bowen fired off the opening salvo of What Next for Donovan McNabb (and maybe Andy Reid) in Eagletarian this morning. It was appropriately considered and sober, and not entirely inappropriate given the loss on Sunday night. To summarize:
If I'm Lurie or Banner right now, I'm looking at things like the miscalculation involved in the Lorenzo Booker trade, the fullback follies, and the inability of the defensive line to stop the Redskins or the Giants, despite a bunch of money and draft picks spent in that area the past several years. I would have serious questions about whether Reid is the guy to rebuild this team in 2009, the way he was in 1999.
I'm not saying anything is going to happen. Lurie owes Reid at least $10 million on a contract that runs through 2010. The Eagles could still make the playoffs, could still catch a Washington or New York napping in the rematch and succeed just enough to allow management to cling to the mistaken belief that it has the personnel in the trenches to line up with the best. Titular GM Tom Heckert, whose rise abruptly stalled a little while back, could become a sacrificial lamb
Overall, I still favor the blame-it-on-Donovan scenario: reporters historically sympathetic to management favored by postseason not-for-attribution whispers about how, you know, film review showed the team would actually have won this game or that game if McNabb weren't so erratic, it wasn't really that the team or the playcalling weren't good enough, you see.
I don't see any way Donovan stays, at age 32, and Andy leaves. That wouldn't really make sense. And though I don't blame McNabb for what has happened this year, I also don't think he's been good enough when it counts. He is not the QB he was four years ago, and I guess now he never will be that guy again.
Frankly, I'm impressed by the restraint from amongst the blathertariat to date regarding the future of the Eagles quarterback past the 2008 season. Last year they opened the discussion following Week Six; this year we got all the way to Week Ten -- congrats to all involved.
Of course, it wouldn't be Donovan-is-done Week if we didn't have a Kevin Kolb poll. Be sure to vote!