This is an NFL discussion regarding my bashing of Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, and how he has proven me wrong this year. This summary is to help the mouse-over folks who don’t know who McNabb is.
I never did get a hobby, as Jimmy Chitwood advised me to do, so here’s the thread I promised.
First comes the quotes. From this thread:
In particulr, the “gutless wonder” comment raised some ire. Also:
You get the idea. At this point I could hem and haw all I wanted about how it took so long for McNabb to learn the system, and he is inaccurate, but it’s time to be honest.
He was saddled with a dumpoff-heavy (West Coast) system and the worst wide receiving core imaginable. Despite that, the guy was a proven winner. And now this season, he is passing up a storm to all his WRs – not just TO, as I assumed it would be – and looking pretty damn impressive while doing it.
McNabb has game, and no matter what the issues were, (confidence? happy feet? bad receivers?) he has clearly outgrown them now, and likely has shed them for good. Still not the most accurate passer, but in light of his exploits this season, that’s about as relevant as saying his hair is braided too tight. The man’s got game. There. I said it.
Also, in this thread, I made the prediction:
I didn’t think it possible to be so wrong about so many things in so few words. Yet I managed it. Even I laughed at the parody TO and McNabb did of their sideline “meltdown” during that MNF game, and I loved the Ray Lewis TD celebration. That was cool.
Good on you, Eagles, but I reserve judgement as to the Eagles ability to win a Conference Championship. We’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
Interestingly, I notice that last year I posted, again in this thread:
I was taken to task for this by furt and dantheman for pulling these numbers “out of my ass”. Well, I do understand the game of football to some extent, and those percentages represent my philosophy of how the game should be played.
I bring this up because I feel vindicated this season by the surge in TE production that I was, indeed, on the right track with my thinking, and the NFL has finally caught on to the same belief.
Just because it was in my ass, doesn’t make it wrong. Erm, did I just say that? (Actually, the RB figure is still too low; I have revised my thinking since then, but not by much. More a 60/20/20 split currently.)
Flame away, Eagles fans.