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Doug Farrar

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Not the Only One to Blame

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Is this where we run the usual "Quarterbacks get too much credit when teams win and too much blame when they lose" cliché? Because the McNabb situation is a perfect example of this phenomenon. There's no question that McNabb hasn't been lighting it up this year, but from what I have seen and from what my Eagles-watching colleagues at Football Outsiders tell me, he's far from the only blame recipient this season .

First of all, if McNabb was so irredeemably bad, why was Kevin Kolb's line no better after he replaced the franchise quarterback? And how on earth are you going to get any real answer about your backup by putting him in against the Ravens? And why has head coach Andy Reid relied so much on the passing game if his main man under center is a hopeless case? This season, McNabb's had his best player (Brian Westbrook) only sporadically, he's still never had an elite receiver to throw to (unless you want to count the one who almost blew his team apart a few years ago), starting tight end L.J. Smith has a 45 percent catch rate and one of the worst DYAR rankings in the NFL, and the pass-heavy gameplans render McNabb a sitting duck. The offense can't punch it in when easy red zone situations present themselves, and Reid has appeared overwhelmed and out-coached at times.

It's clear that McNabb needs a change of scenery. When your head coach benches you, he's making a statement about your situation, his situation, and the state of the franchise. These things are always about more than just the games in which they occur, and I believe that when the offseason rolls around, and you hear about McNabb changing his address to a new team, this game will be reviewed as the tipping point.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 24, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Doug,

Have you missed DeSean Jackson's contribution this year? This rookie player has been outstanding, but even the best of receivers can't catch balls thrown way over their heads or extreme ground balls. McNab, used to be able to pass with incredible precision, but since 2005, his eye or brain has been missing in action. This is a QB who rarely threw interceptions, but compared to the guy he used to be he is now the interception king of QB's. He needs a time out to either get his game together or realize his time has passed. Reid on the other hand abdicated his play calling job last year and whoever is making the decisions this year, totally blew it against the Giants, who play a predominantly running game, which we didn't defend against, and the two running plays we used against the Bengals last week at the 2 minute mark when we needed a pass to move the ball down the field for the TD, of course, if McNab wouldn't have thrown one of his famous interceptions. To tie against the 1 and 8 Bengals last week was an abomination.

Posted by: Another Sarah | November 24, 2008 6:12 PM

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