23 November 2008 by Published in: Rants 7 comments

Please forgive this rant, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Civil War.

Today, I suffered through my third straight week of watching some of the most pathetic offensive football since the Roman Gabriel days of my childhood in the early 1970’s. The Eagles’ offense did not score a single point today against the Baltimore Ravens; their only score was a 100-yard kickoff return in a very ugly 36-7 loss. This after a 13-13 tie with the 1-8 Cincinnati Bengals, and a 36-31 loss to the Giants the week before in a game that the Birds should have won.

Donovan McNabb has thrown 6 interceptions in his last game and a half, and he got yanked at halftime today after throwing 2 and coughing up a fumble in the first half alone. However, I don’t think it’s all his fault.

It is time for the Andy Reid era to end in Philadelphia. He and his pathetic excuse for an “offensive coordinator”, Marty Morninhweg, both need to go. It’s painfully clear from the last two weeks that the opposing defenses are so familiar with their lame play calling that they’re predicting most calls and playing them as if they know what’s coming. Well, as one of the Cincinnati defensive backs said after last week’s game, they DO know what’s coming. They’re predicting the incredibly unimaginative play calls.

Given that, it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that McNabb has thrown six interceptions in the last game and a half, or that young Kevin Kolb threw two, including one that was returned for an NFL-record 108 yards and a touchdown.

I realize that Reid is the winningest coach in the history of the franchise, but it’s also clear that things are moving in the wrong direction, that this team is getting worse and worse with each passing week, and all of that falls squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff, which cannot come up with a decent game plan anymore.

Reid and Morninhweg need to go. The only question is whether owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner have the stomach to do what needs to be done. I can only hope so.

I feel better now. I will get back to the normal business of this blog tomorrow. For now, I again apologize for this rant.

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  1. Jim Epperson
    Sun 23rd Nov 2008 at 9:13 pm

    You’ve got Moron-weig? That explains your problem. I wondered who had taken him in after the Lions (belatedly) got rid of him. He’s the entire problem.


  2. Kent Dorr
    Sun 23rd Nov 2008 at 9:56 pm

    This afternoon was a watershed day for those of us who truly “Bleed Green”. Although Im an Ohioan, the Eagles have held my loyalty since I lived in Philly as a boy and first saw those silver wings on HOF great Tommy McDonalds helmet..
    I dont know what the future will be for Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb but clearly change must come. I had hoped that this season a healthy DMac would once again lead the Birds to the playoffs. Not to be.
    There is too much talent on that roster to play like they have for the last 2 weeks. The rest of the season promise to be interesting to say the least.

    Fly Eagles Fly

  3. Brooks Simpson
    Mon 24th Nov 2008 at 1:47 am

    Sorry, Eric. Nice Giants win out here. Seats on the 30. 🙂

  4. Mon 24th Nov 2008 at 7:46 am

    At least you lost to a good team. My beloeved Browns stunk even worse than the Eagles and laid a colossal egg against Houston at home.

    Will gladly give the Eagles Romeo Crennel for Andy Reid straight up – any day of the week. At least you guys have lost a Super Bowl; we haven’t even been to one.

    I agree, Reid is getting very predictable. As a die-hard and forever Ravens hater, I couldn’t watch much of the Eagles game, and finally turned it off and went shopping with my wife.

  5. Mon 24th Nov 2008 at 12:28 pm

    As a Redskins fan first and a Ravens fan second, I think Andy Reid should be kept on as long as possible. We love him down here!

    (Tongue firmly planted in cheek while I type this.)

    Just please beat Dallas. That’s all we ask.

  6. Dan
    Mon 24th Nov 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Hey, you could be a Rams fan. Talk about inept offense, to go along with porous defense. Yikes!

  7. Jack Dempsey
    Fri 28th Nov 2008 at 11:44 am

    What are you complaining about, Eric?! Perchance did you watch the slaughter that passed for a football game at Ford Field y’day? All things are relative, and the futility of the NFL franchise in the Motor City should make your fav team seem like world-beaters!

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