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Joe Theismann
Former Redskins quarterback, broadcaster

Joe Theismann

Former Redskins quarterback, broadcaster

Reid Was Right

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I agree 100 percent with what Andy Reid did. Sometimes you've got to pull a guy off the fire. Donovan McNabb has struggled.

Donovan has the worst fundamentals of any quarterback I've ever seen who's at his level. It's been the last couple years. He's too good to throw the ball into the ground. He's too good to throw the ball over receivers' heads.

Now, you've got to remember that he has no wide receivers. He has no one to throw the ball to. Andy chooses not to run it. Donovan's situation is a function of what's going on around him. There's no running game. And there's no passing game right now, either. You have your defense on the field all the time, and that's a formula to lose games.

But I think what Andy did was probably about one week too late, sitting him down. I'm absolutely okay with that, and I'm okay with Andy starting him Thursday. It's a short week. You have two days to practice. You're going to start a kid at quarterback against the Arizona Cardinals with two days of preparation? No.

You know the fans are going to boo the daylights out of Donovan the first time he throws an incompletion. But Donovan being booed in Philadelphia is nothing new. He's used to it. And if Andy gets booed, he's used to it, too.

By Joe Theismann  |  November 24, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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McNabb's problem has more to do with who he has around him rather than his performance. With talented receivers, he's a proven commodity.

Posted by: Kevin Clay | November 24, 2008 5:07 PM

McNabb is done. He might as well get used to being a supporting player.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | November 24, 2008 5:11 PM

I agreed with the move to bench him and the move to go back to him this week.

Whether or not these guys are booed is insignificant. Philly wants to love McNabb, but it's tortuous to ride this up-and-down roller coaster every week. It's one thing when your team doesn't have the talent; it's quite another when they do, and just don't necessarily play up to it all the time.

Andy Reid's knack for having all his decisions turn out wrong this season has drained him of all the goodwill he'd built up over time.

Philly fans are clamoring for Spagnuolo or The Chin. I think we'd all like to see McNabb in a different offensive system; it's likely we will, but who knows if he'll still be wearing green.

As frustrating as those fundamentals are (for a long time I actually thought he might throw it at receivers' feet purposely to avoid interceptions), even the most rabid Philly fan recongizes that good QBs are harder to come by than good coaches.

Posted by: D3Keith | November 24, 2008 5:54 PM

Joe,

Thank you for not being on the air and being a correspondent for games.

Its nice, since I don't have to use the mute button anymore on Sunday Night Football.

Really, you were a terrible announcer, one of the worst I've ever heard.

Cheers,

-Kenneth

Posted by: Kenneth | November 24, 2008 7:48 PM

If you look at the college game, we have Josh Freeman and Ron Prince, married to each other and since Josh has no game, Ron has no job. Look at the Hawkins duo in Colorado, same thing. Andy either sits McNabb or he's in the unemployment line. Coaches getting joined at the hip with QB's who have no game is a serious issue in all of sports and leads to lots of job openings.

Posted by: osisbs | November 25, 2008 9:44 AM

What's sad for philly is they had a 5-6 year window there where if they had just put down 10-20 million on getting 2 solid FA WR's other than motor mouth and ran a more balanced offense then they could have 1-2 lombardi trophies.

Posted by: Alex35332 | November 25, 2008 10:00 AM

I'm in philly,watch all the games.You can't blame McNabb for the disaster that is the Eagles. Play calling is horrible, run game is non-existent, and just the overall coaching is horrible,Reid gets outcoached every week almost.Reid knows westbrook isn't healthy yet he only dresses buckhalter as the other RB?Buckhalter gets hurt then what?Just poor planning. McNabb looked fine throwing to T.O.. Yeah his accuracy is horrible,but that could also be partly a function of having to try to get the ball to guys that can't get separation from a DB.

Posted by: Bill | November 25, 2008 10:09 AM

McNott, McNeverwas, and McNeverwillbe has never been the Quarterback for the West Coast offense. From Bill Walsh's own lips, "the quarterback must complete at least 60% of their passes in order to be minimally effect" in the WCO. McNabb has done that only once, the year they went to the Super Bowl (67%). It's like having Mitch Williams (baseball analogy) at quarterback the entire game, you just never know what is going to happen while you chew all your fingernails down waiting for the offense to score.
I would have fired Reid after losing the opening game to Tampa By 38 to zero at the newly opened Lincoln Financial Field years ago, that was a must win revenge match that was embarassing to the City. Reid has never had the team ready for opening day, and is the main problem as he should have switched offenses years ago away from the WCO. McNabb can't see the field like other Qb's, can't make the "read" fast enough, and of course is very in-accurate. Thiesman is wrong of course in pulling McNabb in the middle of a three point game, but worse still he throws in a 2nd year rookie against the Ravens defense, what a f*&^ng idiot.

Posted by: Jim Matson | November 25, 2008 10:12 AM

mr. kevin clay, i was wondering what kind of t.v. you have, it's must be a magical one. donavan mcnabb is supposed to be one the top Qb's in the leauge, their are QB's who have who have less talent around them but they make team around them better. he's a dead man walking. maybe he can go to another team recapture some of his magic, or throw up on the sidelines....

Posted by: jason chalmers | November 25, 2008 10:56 AM

His fundamentals?

Check YOUR stats JoeyT. McNabb's completion percentage (58.7) is higher than yours (56.7) and his interception (2.2) percentage is almost half of what yours (3.8) was. If his fundamentals are bad, then yours were non-existent.

General Joe, what would your completion percentage have been without Monk, Clark and Sanders to throw to? What if Alvin Garrett, Charlie Brown and Virgil Seay had been your 1,2,3 for all of your career. Sure they had some good games no doubt, but do you really think your stats would be even close to McNabb's?

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | November 25, 2008 1:11 PM

Donovan may not be at the end of his career but, he needs to be somewhere other than Philly. At this point the Eagles do not have the personnel to be competitive in their division. The lack of quality receivers has been beaten to death. Also, it looks like Westbrook, as good as he is, is not durable enough to be the featured back in the offense. There are plenty of other holes and more developing (see the defensive backfield). Andy Reid created these problems and he's probably not going anywhere soon.

Posted by: Bleeds green | November 25, 2008 1:25 PM

to profwrightbsu,the Redskins won a Super Bowl when Monk was out and Brown was the number one guy.He averaged 20 yards per catch in 1982(a strike year)and set a the Redskin record for receptions in 1983.

Posted by: seang | December 2, 2008 2:04 AM

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