Big win on Friday night, all and all the starters looked good in their final preseason tune-up. So you would think everyone would be happy, confident going into the season opener. Wrong!
I agree that despite DeSean Jackson's strong preseason play the Eagles could still use help at the WR position following the Curtis injury (though it was good to hear the doc say the Curtis hernia injury is not as serious as what Smith or McNabb suffered). McNabb's comments also hint that fans should be cautious in hyping up Jackson too much.
"He's made a lot of plays so far, but we have to stay patient with him," the quarterback said. "He is a rookie. He's just learning. We haven't gone into a full game plan for a regular game."
Nothing wrong with the comment, we all should be in agreement. But others think that such comments are being made by McNabb not to protect Jackson but to cover his own ass if he tanks this season. McNabb is assuring himself that he will not be the scapegoat for a lost season. Any failure will be Mr. Reid's doing.
If Donovan has a mediocre season, Donovan can look back and point to the lack of talent at the WR position and say "you expected me to win with this" or "all off-season I begged for more playmakers, and the best I get is an undersized rookie WR."
On such thinking I say, not going to happen. If any QB in this league can win with crap at the WR position it is McNabb. Jackson and Brown (and hopefully Curtis at some point) are heads above the likes of Thrash, Johnson, Pinkston, and Mitchell. And I recall McNabb carrying their sorry butts to post-season success.
So please just let McNabb be. In the end he is just going to end up making you eat your words. And once his Eagle days are behind him, these same fans will be the first ones crying for #5 to come back!