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#5 victorious yet not so glorious

By Evan Bliss

The more I think about yesterday’s sublimely disgusting win, the more my head spins around in circles and pea soup shoots out of my nose. There was some strange brew on the field, off the field, and historically, that have led me to call this game “The Irony Bowl”.

McNabb’s final stats were terrible. 125 yards, 42.1 completion percentage, 1 TD/1 INT, and a 60.2 passer rating = not his best game under center. But the non-stat, non-recordable, see-it-to-believe it is the 1st Irony: Game Management. Andy Reid, the former mentor, was spanked by McNabb, his former pupil, in game management. Reid’s unnecessary squawking with the officials instead of getting his team ready for a 4th-and-goal resulted in 3 points instead of a possible 7 before halftime. Meanwhile, McNabb depended on his lineman, hand off after hand off, and kept drives alive with two huge 3rd down rushes for 1st downs (one late in the game), and a monster 57 yard-completion on a long 3rd and 14. The pupil defeated the mentor, Vick-less or not.

The 2rd Irony is McNabb’s Reception. The infamous Philly Phans gave McNabb a standing ovation twice! Once before kick-off, and once when he overthrew a wide open Fred Davis (I say if it hits the receiver’s hands it should be a catch, so that’s debatable). Then they proceeded to “boo” their own quarterbacks, team, and McNabb. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, with the only steep drops coming at the beginning and end.

Was it McNabb or Reid, who was responsible for the Eagles past success? This season was supposed to be the tell-all since they’re butting heads instead of holding hands, right? Maybe not. Reid’s Eagles failures have also been linked to not establishing the run, relying too heavily on the pass. Here’s a look at the disparity between Brian Westbrook’s 107 games with the pass-heavy Eagles, and local media darling Clinton Portis’ 108 games (29 with Denver/79 with Washington):

 Rush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDsPass RecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDs

Portis’ overall totals are higher, because he’s a better running back and part-time comedian, but these numbers reveal the 3rd Irony: McNabb beat his old run inept team by handing the ball off. On top of that, Washington’s running attack was more of a skip and slap in the preceding weeks. The old pass-happy, greedy McNabb beat his old oppressors as the new selfless and sharing McNabb. (Insert “awwww”)

The Final Irony is more of a paradox: The Washington Redskins. Two wins that came down to the last play of the game and this team could easily be 0-4. They could easily be 4-0. Instead, they’re 2-2 and 2-0 in the NFC East. Through 4 weeks, the Redskins have outscored their opponents 60-27 in the 1st half. They’ve been outscored 13-52 in the 2nd half (one overtime). Can they put a full 60 minutes together? Tune in next week for “Greeeeen Baaaaay!”

By Box Seats blogger  | October 4, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  | Tags:  Donovan McNabb, Redskins-Eagles  
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How exactly did McNabb beat Reid in game management? Yes, Reid blew his use of the time-out, but the Redskins burned two timeouts really early in the 3rd quarter -- hardly good game management. Also, when McNabb had a crucial opportunity to exercise good game management, he ran out of bounds rather than sliding in bounds to keep the clock running. This game-management mistake was noted by Shanahan and written-up by the Post:

Do you actually watch the games? If so, do you understand them?

Finally, you're calling McNabb selfless because he handed off more rather than throwing more passes? Kyle and Mike Shanahan formulate the game plan and Kyle calls the plays. How can you give the credit to McNabb for handing off more? Do you have any clue how a football team runs??

Jeez. If only knowing about football were a prerequisite for writing about it.

Posted by: SkinsFaninCanada | October 4, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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