Thursday, February 5, 2009

Donovan McNabb blames defense for loss in NFC title tilt

Donovan McNabb knows why the Eagles lost to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game – the defense. That’s what he hinted at during an appearance on Philladelphia’s WIP-AM 610.
"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."
But as John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Enquirer points out, the Eagles got the ball back with three minutes left, after the Cardinals had scored to go ahead, 35-32. That left McNabb and the Iggles’ offense plenty of time to go downfield and win the game, a la “Big Ben” and the Steelers in the Super Bowl, or even tie it.

Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas isn’t happy about the comments, either:
"When you break that team code, it hits home. When you call someone your teammate, you're calling them your brother. Be loyal to your teammates. It's easy to point fingers. Brian Dawkins is a team player. He would never do that."
After a season of mostly turmoil, everything was right in Cheesesteak-land leading up to the NFC title game. After Philly lost many people, including myself, thought the “everything is roses” attitude would quickly disappear. It seems to be doing that now. And this is a rather convenient way for McNabb to try to squeeze his way out of Philadelphia , after ownership seemed to be in love with him again.

(Photo courtesy The Sporting News)

1 comment:

Dr. Sports Fan said...

I know that some of the Philly writers jumped on this angle. I just think this is fishing for controversy where it just doesn't exist. I did not hear the interview, but I wonder if this quote was taken out of context...

It doesn't take much for people to go crazy, but maybe we should look beyond the headlines and seek out whether or not McNabb "threw the defense under the bus" or if Hugh Douglass just wanted to get ratings on his WIP show.