Is the Donovan McNabb era in Philadelphia finally over?
Like it or not, it felt that way Sunday afternoon, as the Eagles franchise QB was pulled after the first half of the eventual awful Eagles 36-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was not a good afternoon for McNabb, who was struggling for the second straight week, going just 8-for-18 for 59 yards with two interceptions and a fumble in the first half—a 13.2 quarterback rating. The head scratcher was that the team was still down just 10-7 when the QB was pulled.
Kevin Kolb did no better, making it a real weird situation in the city of Brotherly Love, as the team will have to decide asap on who the starter will be since they have to play in just four days at home vs the Arizona Cardinals. In other words – Happy Thanksgiving.
“My first (reaction) was, ‘Wow.’ But you go along with it,” McNabb said. “I am upset about us losing the game, and I’m upset that I wasn’t able to contribute. But I am going to focus on trying to help this team get better by eliminating mistakes and turnovers.”
Kolb was 10-for-23 for 73 yards with two picks, a QB rating of 15.3. He even had one of the picks taken back 108 yards by Ed Reed for a score that made it 29-7 with 7:24 left in the game. While the offense is to blame for not doing much, the defense did what it could to hang in. They did allow just 248 yards of offense to the Ravens, but gave up a couple of key plays, including a 53-yard TD on a Joe Flacco to Mark Clayton pass play that made it 22-7 with 11:30 left.
Flacco was 12-for-26 for 183 yards with two TD’s and a QB rating of 95.5. Brian Westbrook, playing hurt, carried the ball 14 times for 39 yards, but the run game didn’t do much against a good Ravens run D. Overall, the Ravens held the Eagles to just 206 yards of offense, and 3-for-13 on third downs. While a 13-13 tie vs the Bengals was bad, this was worse.
Now the team will have to decide on a QB and at the same time get ready for a pretty good Cardinals team. It seems like the season is slipping away fast, and Sunday’s decision to pull McNabb did nothing to help out the situation.
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