Sunday was one of the worst, most demoralizing days in recent Philadelphia Eagles history, one that left even the most loyal Eagles fan wondering how long they can go on. I'm speaking, of course, about the news Sunday night that Donovan McNabb will be joining Comcast SportsNet, for a weekly segment on Daily News Live.
Yea, sure, there was also the Eagles' blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, which they screwed up in every one of the facets of the game that fans have worried they would screw up. But McNabb, back in Eagles' fans lives? On TV every week once again? I don't know how much of that I can take. I really wish we'd known in advance that CSN was thinking about doing this- a bunch of us could've shown up at headquarters and tried to "influence" their decision.
At any rate, I'd have hired A.J. Feeley instead.
Not that I'm giving the Eagles a pass for that game, because it was pretty ugly. It's bad enough that Andy Reid once again refused to run the ball, the offensive line couldn't block a thing, Michael Vick looked extremely shaky, and Andy refused to even think about replacing him with Nick Foles. The fumble at the goal line at the end of the first half, which was returned for a touchdown, may have been the worst moment of Reid's tenure.
What made the loss even more painful was that it could've been prevented. For most of the past three years, Eagles fans have mostly given Andy Reid a pass for when he betrayed longtime Quarterback of the Future Kevin Kolb and threw him under the bus in favor of Michael Vick. But Sunday, when it was Kolb against Vick head to head, we all saw who won.
But it wasn't just the quarterbacks. The story broke during the week that the Eagles nearly traded for Larry Fitzgeraldin 2008, but wouldn't move beyond their offer of 1st and 3rd-round picks. Fitzgerald's an Eagle, and the Cardinals don't win yesterday. Period.
The one bright side of Sunday's loss: The Eagles are just seven losses away from reaching Jeffrey Lurie's 8-8 threshold for firing Reid. Yes, the magic number is 7.
Despite their 2-1 record and first-place standing in the NFC East, the Eagles have been outscored by their opponents by 19 points. I don't care what the standings say. In my book, the Eagles are an 0-3 team.
Other Philly sports takes:
- I'm extremely disappointed that the most audible "bullshit" chant ever heard on an NFL broadcast was in a city other than ours.
- Did you realize that Sheldon Brown, Sean Jones, Takeo Spikes, Chris Gocong, Sean Considine, Chris Clemons, Stewart Bradley, Quintin Demps, Trevor Laws, Will Witherspoon and Dimitri Patterson are all currently on NFL rosters? So much for the Eagles "always releasing guys at the right time."
- Because Charlie Manuel refuses to use Jonathan Papelbon in the 8th inning, he should be fired and replaced by Ryne Sandberg, who I believe will always use Papelbon in the 7th.
- CSN reported last week that Ilya Bryzgalov had "defected" to the KHL, signing to play for a Russian team during the NHL lockout. Does that mean he has to defect back, in order to play for the Flyers again? Would doing so require stealing a submarine?
- Shame on Gawker for proclaiming Philadelphia America's most racist city. Why must the New York-based national media continue to bash our city?
- WE WANT FOLES! WE WANT FOLES!