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Donovan McNabb Can Kiss His Request for a Top WR Goodbye with Peters Trade

Donovan McNabb’s made it pretty well-known that his future with the Eagles (he’s entering the final year of his contract) depends on what they do over the offseason. McNabb’s really only played with one top notch receiver in his entire career and that was Terrell Owens. Interestingly enough, not only did McNabb enjoy his best statistical season and a half ever with T.O., but Owens was also having his best season ever in ’05 before Philly shut operation T.O. down. Last year the Eagles took a step in the right direction using their second-round pick on DeSean Jackson who’s a pretty good playmaker. This year it seems as if two pretty high quality receivers (Braylon Edwards and Anquan Boldin) are available on the trade market, not to mention guys like Housmazilli and Coles who were available as free agents prior to signing deals.

The trade between Philly and Buffalo where the Eagles gave up three picks (their first, fourth, and one next year) for Bills left tackle Jason Peters, seems to have ended any chance of the Eagles picking up a big receiving option. The negotiations between the teams went so smoothly because Philly was willing to open up the vault for Peters and pay him top dollar — $60 million over five years with 25 guaranteed, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know how they’ll have much left over for a receiving threat. Thing is, McNabb might be happier with some extra protection for his blind side than anything else. Remember that eight or nine sack game Winston Justice gave up to the Giants a few years ago? I’m sure McNabb does.

Problem for Philly here is that a $60 million investment in Peters is unwise. The guy got named to the Pro Bowl last year based on reputation, not performance. He gave up 11.5 sacks and even had to benched at the beginning of the year because his performance lagged from holding out during training camp. Peters said he wasn’t happy with his contract last year and admitted it may have adversely impacted his performance. The Eagles better make sure it was a lack of desire, not talent, that caused Peters to have the bad year. Either way they’re screwed because I wouldn’t want that much money tied up in a guy who’s performance is related to contract satisfaction.

Donovan McNabb Blames Defense for Playoff Loss to Cardinals

The enlightened and rational fan understands that the Eagles defense gave up 32 points to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game, allowing 24 first-half points to leave them buried in a hole. The irrational fan screams that Donovan McNabb can’t win the big game and blames him for the team’s failure to make it to the Super Bowl. McNabb is so conscious of the irrational fan that he goes out of his way to defend himself for their sake, at the expense of his teammates. He did so in an interview with WIP in Philly, according to the Inquirer via Ben Maller:

“We were up, 25-24,” McNabb said. Then, in case people missed it the first time, he repeated it for good measure. “We were up, 25-24. [The Cardinals] drove down 72 yards by running the ball – probably, what, eight times? And it reminded me so much of [the NFC championship game in] St. Louis where, coming back in that second half, they ran the ball nine times with Marshall Faulk to keep our offense off the field. Because they were terrified of us going back out and scoring more points.”

375 passing yards, three touchdowns, and 25 points of offense usually is enough to get it done for a team, particularly one with a strong defense. No doubt the defense let the team down in that game. However, let’s not forget how critical the defense was to the team’s success the last month of the season, holding opponents to 12.5 points per game. Maybe Donovan should have recalled the wins over the Giants, Vikings, and Cowboys before implying the defense blew it. Let’s also not forget that despite the defense’s lack of performance in the game, the Eagles offense still had chance to tie things up with a successful final drive. Then again, swap Kevin Curtis for Boldin or Fitzgerald and you’re talking touchdown, but that’s another discussion for a different day.

Video: DeSean Jackson Loses a Touchdown Celebrating Before End Zone

I guess it’s kind of hard to completely call it celebrating because he really wasn’t taunting or dancing, but DeSean Jackson was definitely in error when he released the ball prior to reaching the end zone. Jackson had just caught a bomb from Donovan McNabb in the 2nd quarter of the Cowboys/Eagles Monday Night game and was cruising into the end zone untouched when he released the trigger too quickly. Check out this boneheaded play by Jackson:

Luckily Brian Westbrook punched it in after the mistake, giving the Eagles their 27-21 lead so the outcome wasn’t altered. I’m pretty darn sure that we won’t be seeing Jackson celebrate anytime too soon after that one. Still looking for his first career touchdown, he’s gotta be regretting that mistake.

Sorry Eagles, There’s No Moral Victory

I cannot stand seeing people act like the Eagles got a moral victory for hanging with the Patriots and playing them so closely. Is everyone missing the point? The Eagles had the Patriots on the ropes, leading the ballgame by four points heading into the fourth quarter. That was a game Philly was legitimately winning, an upset firmly entrenched in their grasp. They easily should have, and could have won the game. What good does it do to play out of your mind for 45 minutes if you’re just going to look like A.J. Feeley in the other 15, going three and out and throwing two picks in the final quarter? What good is it to pressure Brady for three straight quarters then give up a critical score, surrendering the lead late?

I’m failing to see what was so great about the Eagles’ performance on Sunday night. In my eyes, it was as bad as it could have gone. How is it beneficial for your team to blow a game you should have won? That’s not a moral victory; it’s something the Eagles should be pissed off about. When New England finishes the year 19-0, nobody will remember that Philly gave them a close game in Week 12. They’ll just know that New England was good enough to beat everyone in front of them, regardless of what it took, and that Philly was just another W.  Sorry Philly, but that loss should sting more than any other; it’s not something for which you should be proud.

Garrett Reid Is an Ass Smuggler

I’m sure you’ve heard all week about the jail sentences facing Andy Reid’s drug-dealing sons and how the family issues will affect Reid’s ability to coach the Eagles this weekend. Indeed it’s a good question, but it’s not an issue the LBS mind ponders. What stands out more to me was a point raised by Enrico at FanHouse and The 700 Level. When Garrett Reid went to jail, he smuggled in drugs ostensibly to deal. Just how did he smuggle said drugs in you ask?

Garrett Reid was sentenced to two to 23 months, and authorities said that he had smuggled 89 pills into jail by secreting them in his rectum.

Attention Columbian coke dealers: the bidding for a future mule starts at five grand. On the bright side, at least he’ll be loosened up for eight months in prison.

Donovan McNabb Responds on his Blog

I haven’t had the chance to dive into the Donovan McNabb situation just yet, so I’ll take the opportunity to do so briefly.  First of all, I think Donovan is a fantastic quarterback, one whose play on the field I highly enjoy and respect.  In short, I’m a huge fan of his.  Part of it is because I didn’t think he was much coming out of college, and now he’s proved me wrong.  Well Donovan responded to the criticism he’s received from saying black quarterbacks get criticized more on his blog:

First, the interview took place in August before the season started so for
those who think I “played the race card” because we are 0-2 are dead wrong.

Black quarterbacks have to deal with different things than white
quarterbacks. If you don’t think that’s true than you are naive.

I would love to live in a world where race is not an issue. But it is.

OK, now for my response.  I really wish race didn’t even have to be brought up as an issue, just as Donovan said.  Furthermore, just because I and many other people I know judge (and criticize) all quarterbacks and athletes equally doesn’t mean there isn’t a vast portion of our population who don’t.  The reality is that there are a great deal of people out there who still have racist mentalities.  So just because I don’t judge quarterbacks differently based on race, doesn’t mean there aren’t other people who do, therefore I’m not disappointed in what Donovan said.  I’m just disappointed it had to be said.

Saverio Rocca: Where Aussie Rules Football Meets the NFL

I won’t even begin to explain the dudes stats, but I think the story is pretty cool. And this is definitely one of the best leads to an article I’ve read in quite some time. From the Philly Inquirer

The Eagles signed a potential future Hall of Famer this off-season, and nobody seemed all that excited about it.

Well, yeah. If he ain’t catching 65 yard bombs from Donovan McNabb, then what’s there to be too excited about? But this actually sounds pretty cool. Saverio Rocca is his name, and he’s trying to make it as — ready for this — the new Eagles punter. Woohoo. And OK, I lied, here are his stats: with the Magpies and Kangaroos, Rocca had 748 goals in 257 games — ranking 12th all-time in Australian Football League history. Obviously he’s not going to have a huge impact on the game, but can you blame me for being mildly excited about this? I mean, just look at that picture — Aussie Rules is a real man’s game!  But on a serious note, I think it’s great for the game to incorporate some of the most talented players from around the world.  Baseball, basketball, and hockey already do it, why not football too?