Bill Conlin points out the harsh reality that is losing your starting QB in the NFL.
The Yankees lost two All-Star outfielders, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield, early last season and scarcely missed a beat.
But lose the franchise quarterback and it's game, set, match and season.
Bob Ford talks about the long term problems the McNabb injury presents for his career.
This is the fourth significant injury in the last five seasons for McNabb, and at some point his ability to regain his form can't be taken for granted. He broke his ankle and missed the last six regular-season games of the 2002 season, began the 2003 season with a hand injury that led to a 2-3 start (although he did not miss any games), and suffered a sports-hernia injury in 2005 that eventually knocked him out for the final seven games of the season.
Only the 2004 season, when McNabb led the Eagles to the Super Bowl, was relatively injury free for him in that span. And while the injuries are unrelated, this latest, a major tear in the knee of a mobile quarterback - the same knee he pushes off when throwing the football - is an ominous shadow that falls heavily across his playing future.
As far as some actual thoughts about the game, Paul Domowitch points out something I was screaming about in the gameday thread...
To that useless "elephant" package the Eagles use down near the goal line. They bring in Scott Young as an extra blocker on the line and line up 350-pound rookie center Nick Cole in the backfield as a fullback. Young was flagged for a false start one time and Cole was ineffective as a lead-blocker.
And they don't even run!!! They go play action with that package!
Phil Sheridan asks whether the Eagles believe what they say...
"We've just got to continue to play," cornerback Lito Sheppard said. "We all just have to step up our game."
The mystery here is whether the Eagles are trying to fool us, or they're really fooling themselves. They seem to believe they're a good team that isn't playing well. They seem to believe they can make a playoff run without McNabb, the way they did back in 2002.
Sam Donnellon points out that Andy took over the playcalling again with unsurprising results...
"I called them today."
And finally, is Jamaal Jackson the next Jerome Brown in terms of quasi philosophical quotes that make no sense?
- Jamaal Jackson, Eagles center