There are some things that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is very good at. Playing football, for one. Successfully delivering the tongue-twister “microwaveable bowl” during Chunky Soup commercials, for another.
But he’s much, much less good at determining which games his team should win. After losing to the Redskins in Philly way back in the long-gone days of October, McNabb said, “Not taking anything away from them, but there is no way this team is better than us.”
Leaving aside the complete misunderstanding of the phrase “Not taking anything away from them,” this statement was, well, not correct. Even Eagles blog The 700 Level agrees, sort of:
Back in early October, the idea the Eagles were better than the Redskins was a laughable concept. Washington had just walked into the Linc and beat the Birds 23-17, rushing for over 200 yards while holding Philly to 58. It didn’t matter the play calling stank, you would have had a hard time finding anyone that agreed with Donovan.
But it was early, and — as The 700 Level points out — the Redskins’ subsequent slide meant that maybe McNabb was more right than people knew at the time.
So surely after losing to the Redskins again all these months later, in a game where those sliding Redskins had little to play for besides pride and the Eagles could greatly improve their playoff odds with a win, surely McNabb would see his mistake, right?
“This is frustrating to come out here and play a team we knew we could beat,” said McNabb in his post-game comments. “We made mistakes and missed opportunities. It’s tough for us to swallow at this particular point.”
Keep in mind, McNabb’s Eagles were swept by the Skins this year by a combined score of 33-20 — and only 13 of those Philadelphia points came from the offense. In those two games, the Eagles rushed for a combined 120 yards, and McNabb threw for an unremarkable total of 426. And, I reiterate, the Eagles lost both games, blowing a 14 point lead in the first contest.
The lesson in all of this? When Donovan McNabb finishes his career and becomes a TV talking head, it might be wise to avoid his advice on picking games.