Eagles lose to Cowboys, but don't pack McNabb's bags yet

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Cowboys had little problem with the Eagles on both sides of the ball for a second straight week. Getty Images

Done in Dallas: Eagles crushed by Cowboys, 34-14 - Andy Scwartz, CSNPhilly.com
Star Stuck - Bob Brookover, Philly.com
Doomsday - Rich Hoffman, Philly.com
Eagles Notes: Linebackers, Westbrook and stats - Andy Schwartz, CSNPhilly.com
This was a total and complete organizational domination - Gary Cobb, GCobb.com
Embarrassed in Big D - Enrico, The 700 Level
Eagles roll over and play dead - Dany Sloan, Phinally Philly
Donovan may not have thrown up, but I feel like I'm going to... - JasonB, Bleeding Green Nation

While most of the Philadelphia region is in the familiar mourning that follows an Eagles playoff exit, one of my blogging buddies woke up this morning with a grin on their faces. Before Eagles fans go all crazy and drink the kool-aid sports radio talk and ship Donovan McNabb out of town consider this...
  • The Cowboys were just the better team this season. Nothing proves that more than the 3-0 record, and two consecutive beat downs in Dallas. It happens.
  • McNabb had a poor outing again, but keep in mind the lack f protection he received behind an offensive line that was pieced together with inexperienced and over-rated players. Jason Peters is a Pro Bowler? Are you kidding me? He's good for at least key false start penalties any game, and more against a top defensive end like DeMarcus Ware.
  • The youth of the key offensive players was clear. DeSean Jackson, as good as he can be, could not get open against the Dallas secondary and neither could Jeremy Maclin (except for that one fun play involving Mike Vick.)
  • It was not McNabb who allowed the Cowboys to score over 30 points. That fault is of the defense. Losing Stewart Bradley for the season hurt this defense, especially when Omar Gaither went down too. Brian Dawkins would have been nice too, but that's another debate for another time...
  • If Andy Reid is an offensive genius he should have had his team more prepared to score more than 14 points in the past two weeks against a division opponent, regardless of who the quarterback was.
It was an ugly game for sure, but I actually like the prospects of the 2010 season, with McNabb at quarterback. The team needs stability on the offensive line. Losing two Pro Bowlers had more of an effect on the team this season than the team probably anticipated. And the defensive line needs to improve and apply pressure up front. Without it every good quarterback in the NFL will have time to find someone that is open every time. And can the defense finally figure out a way to cover tight ends? Sorry Jeremiah Trotter, but I do not think you are the answer there. A healthy Bradley will help immensely next season.

I leave no question that I would rather see the Eagles keep McNabb behind center, but I anticipate many people feel differently. So how do you feel about McNabb as an Eagle moving forward? Yea or Nae?

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