Frankly Football: Philly fans should appreciate McNabb while they can
Week 2 of the NFL season and I am already amazed at the excitement and enthusiasm of each game. Last week when the San Diego-Denver game ended, I thought to myself it might be awhile before another offensive explosion game might happen ... then one day later comes the Philadelphia-Dallas shootout and I was left speechless.
When the Monday night game was over, I started to hear some whispers and complaining around where I live and thought it'd be best to address the issues.
It is at this point where I would like to disassociate myself from being a Philadelphia Sports Fan and hope I can explain to everyone that in Philadelphia they don't know how lucky they are to have McNabb quarterbacking their team. My football career has been spoiled being around some of the game's greats from
Monday night McNabb showed the football world he is one of the top players in the game, not just at quarterback, but the whole league. Now, this is not to say
It was crystal clear on Monday night that McNabb is tremendous. The other evident observation to me was that McNabb makes all the others around him better. And isn't that what great players do? McNabb is the one who makes the Eagles offense go, not the one who holds it back. Everyone complains that there is not a No. 1 wideout on the Eagles, but
How has football gotten so bad in Missouri? Not too long ago the Chiefs and the Rams were showing the Show Me State a little more than they are showing us now. Over the past three years the Rams and Chiefs are 24-44 and neither team has had a win since last December. The Chiefs are on a franchise record 11-game losing streak and the Rams have their own streak of six. And the reality of these facts is it is not going to get any better anytime soon -- for either team.
The Chiefs play the Falcons this week and if they don't win that game they could possibly enter their bye week 0-5. But really how can the Chiefs win games this year with the offensive talent they have assembled? The Chiefs offense has really struggled to score and I think the only way they can score more than 20 points in a game is if they get two defensive touchdowns. The Chiefs offense this season has had 22 possessions and only three resulted in scores (two TDs, one FG); their 13.6 scoring efficiency rate is second-worst in the league. They are already on their third quarterback in three weeks and no matter who plays QB, the pass protection is not conducive for keeping ANYONE healthy.
The Rams are an organizational mess and removing the coach is not going to be the answer. The Rams are 7-22 in the past 29 games. The Rams have been outscored by opponents 79-16 this season. They've lost five in a row by an average score of 40-15 dating to last season and have yet to run a play inside the opponent's 20 this year. They have only converted three third downs all year and have been outscored in the second half by 219 points in the past 29 games. And changing the coach might clean up this mess? Please, this is a mess from the top to the bottom and won't get better until the ownership group asks some very tough questions.
So if you live in the Show Me State, Saturdays might be the best day to watch football.
Arizona at Washington. At some point early in the season when I was in the NFL, there would be a game that I would say to myself, if we win today, we will go to the playoffs. And this is one of those games for the Cards. The 'Skins had a dramatic come from behind win last week against the Saints and will need to play their best football to beat a muchimproved Arizona team. Now, I know the Cards have not been 3-0 since the
Proactive is the best word to describe Commissioner Goodell's management style. He does not let anything linger and he is very quick to get control of the situation before anything happens. The NFL has a tremendous product for the fans to enjoy and it is very important to keep the players as healthy as possible, as it is the players that make each Sunday so enjoyable.
This cannot be fun for Vinny each week. Instead of watching tape and finding ways to improve his team, he is fielding questions twice a week that can only trap him into giving some controversial answers. And how is Cerrato going to defend the game management of his head coach, when everyone who watched the game knows he made a mistake? This cannot work.
As a country we all love winners, but another quality we admire is when someone has enough strength and assurance to admit a mistake. I was very critical of Ed this past Monday morning but admitting his mistake and going out of his way to talk to the fans is very honorable. It sounds like Ed has had as many sleepless nights as the Chargers coaching staff has.
I am not sure I can see aggressiveness in the quarterback, but the one thing I have not seen from Jackson so far this year is his ability to connect on the deep ball and make plays down the field. We knew going into the season he was not going to be consistently accurate but he had to make plays down the field. The Vikings longest pass play this year has been for 24 yards with Jackson.