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Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?


Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?

I’m sorry but whatever seems to be now erupting within the Washington Redskins is a tour de force in comedic madness . I was very much under the impression that the organization and their defensive player Albert Haynesworth  had essentially called a truce . Instead we are now finding out that there’s an even greater impasse between the player, his coach Mike Shanahan , the coaching staff and teammates . It’s bad enough that the season for the Redskins has once again fallen into a crevasse of ineptitude. Mike Shanahan , his assistant Kyle Shanahan haven’t improved this team one iota ! Furthermore in Shanahan’s inept attempt to prove that he’s in charge he chose to embarrass his veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb . Who didn’t feel that it would be the rest of the NFL and the fans who’d have the last laugh after this charade and allout idiocy on the part of Shanahan ? =========================================================

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A team that was thought to quite possibly challenge the Philadelphia Eagles , New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys </a. for divisional supremacy within the NFC East has been anything but that ___ a team . Suffice to say that watching the Redskins play at Fedex Field has become a comedy of errors. Team owner Dan Snyder has had problems running this organization as a business and to see an individual who’s greatly admired within circles by his peers in the business world. Personally I just can’t see it but it’s all in the eye of the beholder . Haynesworth for his part has added nothing to this team since he was acquired via free agency . This being the same player whose career with the Tennessee Titans had been a success and where he’d made several visits to the Pro Bowl as a Titans’ player. However, Haynesworth not content with his situation with the team at the time chose to parlay his status by garnering a 7 year $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins of which $56 million was in guaranteed money. At the time I thought the contract itself was preposterous and non-sensical . But then again those of us who’ve seen the Redskins operate over the years have seen this organization simply overpay for players who are either past their prime or whose talent has been vastly exaggerated.

There’s absolutely no chance that the Washington Redskins would choose to cut the player given the fact that they still owe the $32 million of the guaranteed money due. Do you get the feeling that the front office of the Redskins aren’t completely sure as to what the hell they’re doing from one moment to the next ? Kind of how certain federal agencies are now operating within the Obama adminstration ? We have a Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben S Bernanke whose every utterance now sends shivers up down Wall St . And a Homeland Security Chief in Janet Napolitano  who ovesees the TSA and their now well publicized airport body searches. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about national security and anything that can derail the ambitions of home grown and foreign terrorists, I do feel that the agency’s actions are a necessity. My only problem here is the fact that I’m not completely willing to have a TSA employee feel that it’s appropriate to body search me as if it’s being done for their own self sexual gratification . And less we forget we also have a Treasury Secretary in Tim Geithner whose every word concerning the malaise that has befallen the economy has me asking how and why the fu_k was he hired and why was he nominated in the first place ? Prior to his tenure as Treasury Secretary he’d worked for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and as we know this is the very same individual that claimed errors made in his none payment of personal income tax was a mistake. Yes a mistake ….an honest mistake . But you might feel more aggrieved if I were to advise you that also as a senior employee at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, Geithner played his part in assisting none other insurance giant AIG in their egregious speculative behavior in numerous financial markets around the globe. And as we all know the insurance giant had to be bailed out to the tune of $150 billion ($150,000,000,000) of taxpayers monies. The only thing that needs bailing out here with the regard to the Washington Redskins is for the organization to seek a trade of Albert Haynesworth. Clearly the player’s career has run its path with the Redskins and it’s also clear that Mike Shanahan has no faith in the player’s abilities whatsoever . What might be even more disturbing and incredulous is the very fact that with the player now having been suspended by his coach they are no better off than before . The Redskins’ season as it now stands is tenuous and there’s not even a remote chance that they can salvage this season and play with any modicum of respect. The situation now facing Snyder is whether or he can let this mayhem continue with there being such a divide not only in the locker room but no actual semblance of respect between the players and coach.

From my own perspective I don’t even feel that the situation that transpired betweeen Donovan McNabb , Mike and Kyle Shanahan is actually at an end. It’s merely time before I feel that there’ll be another parting of the waves and that another impasse is created between the player and both coaches. On and off the field the Washington Redskins are a complete mess and given the soap opera drama that has taken place within this division with the Dallas Cowboys and their roller coaster season , with the subsequent firing of Wade Philips by owner Jerry Jones . Philips’ successor Jason Garrett seems to have the team back on track but once again the hopes that Jones had for this team in terms of a postseason berth and playing in the Superbowl is now a pipe dream. What else can now happen you may ask ?

Well with Wade Phillips , Brad Childress and now the Denver Broncos’ Josh McDaniels  having been fired this season the managerial count now stand at three coaches having been fired this year. And by season’s end we could well see several others bite the dust . It’s no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis won’t be returning to the Bengals next season . The team had been befelled by their own sheer ineptitude and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the choice is that of Lewis’ and not from the front office. The one bright spot for the team may well have been the play of wide receiver Terrell Owens who’s been the sole reason perhaps to see him play. He leads all players in terms of the team’s offensive receiving categories and for Carson Palmer whose own performances have been understated at best. Owens’ receiving partner Chad Ochocinco  has been a complete bust this season and it’d be reasonable to suggest that he might not be part of any plans the Bengals may well have in the future .

McDaniels’ dismissal by Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen wasn’t completely a surprise but the real issue here may well have been the fact that Bowlem had reiterated that he wasn’t about to let go of his coach. But with the preseason upheaval that took place with the trade of Jay Cutler and then the fallout between Brandon Marshall and McDaniels . Both players have now found new homes , Marhsall with the Miami Dolphins and and Cutler with the the  NFC North leading Chicago Bears . But what might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back was the behavior by McDaniels and the team’s videographer in taping the San Francisco 49ers walk through in their game played at Wembley Stadium in London , England earlier in the season. The NFL front office was made aware of this but neither McDaniels or any member of his coaching staff reported the incident . Both team and coach were fined and Spygate II came to something of an abrupt end . And there are idiots about the blogo-sphere who felt that the Patriots deservedly got was coming to them when Bill Belichick  took part in such an act . I reminded a number of patrons to my site that this practice was widespread around the NFL and that it only comes to light when a team has been caught . Anyone who feels that this will be the last time that we’ll hear of such an incident needs to have their heads examined as it seems to be customary for a number of coaches and their staff around the NFL. For Pat Bowlen this is simply another reason of an owner whose cognizance of a situation isn’t clear. The Broncos now find themselves in a situation with having fired Josh McDaniels they’re now in a position where they’re paying McDaniels and his predecessor Mike Shanahan who was also fired by Pat Bowlen. When Shanahan was fired he was still owed two years on his contract in the case of McDaniels he’s owed three years on his original five year contract. Do you get the picture I’m painting here concerning the idiocy of some of the NFL owners and GM’s around the league as to how they deal with their managerial problems ? Far be it for me to say but who’s providing the legal counsel for these owners ? And have they never heard of installing a buyout clause in an employee contract ? Now Bowlen and the Broncos are on the hook for at least $ 8 million this year alone in paying both Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels. And the general public thought that only the federal government knew how to squander money ? Not so it appears when it comes to professional sports franchise owners as they all seem to be a law unto themselves. In this day and age where athletes can and are earning multi million dollar contracts and the coaches aren’t too far behind in that situation I find it hard to believe that common sense isn’t being used by the executives and owners who are the custodians of these teams ! ===================================================================

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Alan aka tophatal ………………

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Shit Rolls Downhill Are You Kidding Me ?


Shit    Rolls   Downhill     Are   You   Kidding    Me     ?

OK    so  week  2  in   the  NFL   came  and  went   and  if anything   it further  lends    proof  to the   fact  this  early  in  the  season  we’re  liable  to  see  a  number  teams   either   hung over  from  the  preseason  or  the   fact  that   they’re   simply  not  as good  as  advertised  .  How  else  can  one  simply  explain the  lackadaisical  play  of the   Dallas  Cowboys Minnesota  Vikings New  England Patriots  , Arizona  Cardinals  and   New  York  Giants  ?  And  I am  mistaken  but what  the  hell  is it  about  the  defenses  and the   way  that  they’re playing , it is   as   if  they’ve  been   fed with   laxatives  ?   It  either has  to  be bad  coaching or  the  fact  that  the  players  are  simply  not that   good  !

I’ve  got to agree   with  the   Ravens’ defensive   lineman Ray Lewis  and  the  softly  ,softly  approach  with  which  the  officials  now  seem  to  be  over  protecting  the   quarterbacks  around  the   league. If  we’re  already  seeing  some  questionable calls  this   early  in  the season  then  what’s   liable  to happen  we  the   postseason is   upon  us  ?   Low  and  behold  once  again  we’re   back  to  the   Brett  Favre  watch  and  the  travails  of the Minnesota  Vikings .Presumptive   favorites within the  NFC North  and  the  conference  itself ,we’ve   now  got  to deal with  the  issue of the  team’s woes.  Favre   certainly  showed   his  woes with  the   atypical  approach  of  Favre  and  his  play . Pardon  for me  saying  this   but this   guy   looks  past it,   and  it’s  about  to  cause this  team  a  great  deal  of  heartache.  Now  there’s   talk that the team is  in  need  of  a  wide  receiver  to   shoulder the  load of  this team  beyond  the  aged  quarterback.   I  was  under  the  impression  that  this  team   had  all  the  weapons  possible  ?   And   pardon   me  for saying  this   but   when  Favre  chooses not  to  be  in  camp  with his  teammates  then  what   else would you   expect  ?  Lack of  timing  and  cohesiveness  and a  coach  who  looks as if  he’s   completely  out of touch  with  the   quarterback  and  the  rest  of  the  offense.   Personally,  I  for  one  do not  believe  that   Brad  Childress  commands the  respect  of  this team  !   Furthermore , it’s my  belief  that  should  this  team  falter  and  fail to  make the  postseason  at  least  then  his   days   in  Minnesota  will   most  certainly  be at  an  end.

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I know  that  Halley’s  Comet  hasn’t  been within  our  midst   but clearly  what   took  place  at the  New  Jersey Meadowlands Stadium  on  Sunday was  enough  to  make  me  believe  that  the  comet  had  landed .   For  two   quarters the  New  England  Patriots   had  the  New  York  Jets   on  the mat   but  they  literally  chose  not  to  knock  their  opponent  out.   If  you’ve   got  your   opponent   on  the  ropes  you   don’t  repeatedly   let   them   come back  up   off  the  canvas.  And that’s what  we  saw   from    this   Bill  Belichick   coached  team  and it  became so incomprehensible to see Mark Sanchez   outplay  his  counterpart   Tom  Brady .  Never  mind  that  but  since  when did the  defensive  players  on  this   team  shy   away from  making   contact   with   the  offense  ?   Call  me  naive   but    the  Patriots’  pass  defense would  make  the  guys  from  the  Village  People  seem  a like  quintet  of   testosterone  driven  lumber  jacks.   They   were   out  of   sorts  and    played as  if  they’d   been  sodomized  with a  red hot   poker.  Painful  as this  might   seem  this   wasn’t  the  worse   performance  of  the  day.

The  Buffalo  Bills   no   longer    circle  the   wagons  …    you   know   why  ?   Well  that’s because  the    wheels  have   fallen  off this   bitch   !  The  AFC   team  is a  complete  mess and it doesn’t  seem  if  things are going  to  get better anytime  soon. Quarterback  controversy  ?   Hell   no ,  the  controversy  here  is   simply  that  this  team  isn’t  that   good   and  the   fact  that their  fans  are  being   subjected  with   this   diatribe  has got to be  an  embarrassment  for  the  organization .  Could  they  go   0-16 ?    Well  if  their  play   remains  as it  is   then  we’re  liable  to  see  the  feat   repeated  once  again. And   twice   inside  within   a  five  year  span  could   indicate to  us  that  the  talent  that’s  being espoused  on  the field  of   play   simply  isn’t  that   good  to  begin  with.   We’ve   not   seen  this   accomplishment   within  the  league since  the  latter  part  of the   decade   and  the  play of   the the  Detroit  Lions . Bills’  coach Chan Gailey    now  has  to  instill   some  discipline  and   some  resilience  within  this   team  who are  about  to   start   Ryan Fitzpatrick  in  place  of  Trent  Edwards   as  the  team’s   signal  caller.

Week   three    may  well   give us  further  indication as to  the   directions of   some   teams  and    that  many  of them  will  be  taking  but it could also  lead to  a   tumultuous   situation  for  a  number  of  coaches.    Many  are   already  in  a  tenuous position and  it doesn’t    augur  well   for    a  number of  them.    Prevailing   winds  would suggest some teams will set  sail  in the  right   direction  but  should several  teams  be  blown  off course  then  we   might  just be crowning another  Superbowl    team    raising  the Lombardi  Trophy  rather  than  witnessing a successful   defense.

Andy  Reid   is  now suggesting  that  there  isn’t  a  quarterback  controversy  with  the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and  that  Kevin  Kolb  is  still  the   starter  on  this   team.   Given  Kolb’s  stats   and the  fact  that  he’s  been unproductive at the  start  of  the  season  I’ve  got  to  wonder  what the  hell  it is   that  Reid    had  been  watching   as  Kolb’s  backup  Michael  Vick led  the   Eagles  to  an   electrifying  victory over  the  Detroit Lions. Vick commanded the field and  played with a great deal of  leadership and  maturity.  Something that wasn’t always on display at the  start of  his  NFL career with the Atlanta  Falcons. It’s amazing  what being locked in a jail cell can do to a man’s dignity and  self esteem. And while I’m not totally convinced that Vick is as  contrite as  he  would  have us  believe. He seems  to be on  his   way  to  recovering  the  heights that  made him  one of  the most  athletically  gifted  players of his generation   and quite  possibly   of any  generation  since  the NFL  became  the  nation’s  past-time.

Reid could well be putting  his career  on  the line  as well  as that of the  entire  season  of the  Eagles.  Having  traded  their Pro Bowl  quarterback Donovan McNabb to the  Washington   Redskins. This  is   a   time  of   rebuilding  for  the  Eagles and as  much  as  this  team  looks  extremely talented  on  paper  there’s  still  something  that  missing  from  this  from it,  that   would lead  me  to  believe  that  they’re  not a championship  caliber  team. I’m  sorry but  if you’re  quarterback  has  all  the  attributes  of  a   donkey  that’s  carrying a   load  that   he’s   unable to  carry  then   the  burden for him  will  be  far  too much  to  bear.   Kolb  has  shown  me  absolutely   nothing  that  would  indicate that  he  has  the  pedigree  to  lead this team  to  their desired destination and that’s Cowboys Stadium  in Arlington Texas, hosts to Superbowl  XLV (Superbowl  45). If  that  wasn’t  enough  the  season  has   brought  about  a   slew  of   injuries  and  the  mere  fact  that   we’ve  been  told that  the  league is now  taking   head   traumas   and     concussions  seriously. Well  that  seems  to  be  something  of   a  surprise  given  the  fact that NFL Commissioner  Roger  Goodell   and  the  medical  professionals  in the  employ  of  the league  weren’t  always   prepared  to   acknowledge that   fact.   Now  that they’re  now  ready to  face facts  that health issues such  as concussions have  become paramount  and  are  a   danger to the well  being  of  the players   then  there’s  some  cause  for   concern.  The  NLFPA for their part  haven’t   said  that  much with  regard to  the  issue  and how  might   impact them  altogether.  All of a sudden  on  this  lone  issue, it  is as  if   not  much  has  changed   since  we  saw  the    rather dictatorial   rule  of Gene  Upshaw  as   Executive  Diretor   of  the   union.   Upshaw’s sucessor   DeMaurice Smith   seems  to  be  all  wrapped up  with the  issue of  the collective  bargaining agreement  and  how   great  a slice  of  the  pie that  they’re  able  to gain. Now I’ve   never  been  enamored with  the   league’s   hierarchy  much  the   less that of  their   union  counterpart  !   Neither  side  has  the   fans’  best  interests  at  heart   as  it appears  that  their   only  concern  has   been   greed  and   how   much   money  either   side  can   garner as  derived   from  the   league’s revenues.

The  2010-11   season   is  an  uncapped year and already we’ve   seen  a  number  of  televised games having  been  blacked out due to  low attendance. Furthermore, even if with the low attendance at several league  games it appear  that’s  liable to  be a scenario  that will  be  will be played out through  the   remainder  of the  season. That  loss may well  be  made  up by other  means  as  the  league may well  take whatever approach is necessary to make  sure that  the losses aren’t  overwhelming. And say  what you will the league will  do whatever  to maintain  its  status as  the  nation’s pass-time.  The league’s  hierarchy   no matter   secretive  it has been now knows   that  at  this   juncture   they  have to  have  a   plan  in  place  and  an  agreement  worked  out  between  themselves  and the   union. A  league    wide   stoppage  and  labor  disruption   could   very  well   be  the  death  knell  for  the   goodwill   that  the  league   has  with   the  fans. Doubt  it  then  simply  look  at  the  mess  that MLB   found  itself  in,   its  stoppage  and  how  it  was   dealt  with  by  the  league  hierarchy  led   by  Bud  Selig .If that  wasn’t  a  sign  as to what  not   to  do  and  the  complete  ineptitude  shown by  both  the  league and  that of MLBA (union)  was  enough  of  a  template  as  how the NFL  shouldn’t  act.

Curiously enough  though, I do believe  that   the  league (NFL)  and  the  union (NFLPA) will  find  a way   to remedy   their   differences   and reach an  amicable  agreement  that   will  be  equitable for  all  parties  involved.   If they’re  unable to do so  then   we all  might  as  well   take   up  needlepoint  or  some  other activity   that will   take   our  minds  off  a  season  of   inactivity  within  the  NFL  .  Billions of dollars   may  well be  at  stake   but   it’s   highly   unlikely that  the  league   would  be   foolish  enough  to  use  replacement   players   once  again. Were they do so then any signs of a peace deal being brokered would be out of the question altogether !

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What thoughts if  any do   you  feel concerning  the  league  and  the  impressions as to  what  you’ve  witnessed this early  in  the  season ?   And  are  we  liable   to  see  the   league   reach  an   amicable    agreement  with   regard  to  the   ongoing   collective   bargaining   agreement   ?   Chime  on  in  with a comment  as    you   see   fit .

NB: Reid has since reversed his decision and has made Vick the starter for the Eagles’ game against the Jaguars @ Everbank Field , Jacksonville, Fla,.

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Alan  aka     tophatal 🙂 * 😦

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And The Survey Says …………..


 
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Well  once  again   it’d  appear  that   the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and   their  Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan McNabb  may   be  coming to  an  impasse.  With  McNabb  seeking  an  extension  to  his  contract , the  player  has  also   made  it   clear  that   he’d  also   like  to  see  what   direction  that    they’re  apparently   going  in.    In  particular   when  it  comes  to   strengthening   the  roster.  

 

 

Eagles' Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan  McNabb ..........     picture   appears  courtesy of ap/photo/Matt  Dorsey .............
Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dorsey ...............

 

 

For  the  last   two   years   the   team  has   been   underserved   in  terms  of  its   receiving   corps  and  the   lack  of   a  real   running  game.  Owner   Jeffey  Lurie  and   General  Manager  Joe  Banner   haven’t  exactly   been forthcoming   when  it  comes  to  putting  a  competitive  team  on  the  field  of  play. Looking     primarily at   McNabb  and   Brian  Westbrook   this   team   lives  and   dies   by  the   performance    of  their   aging   veterans.  And  but   for  their   defense   it   has  to  be  said   that   there   isn’t   much  to  this   team  athletically   or   competitively.

 

 

 

 

Coach  Andy  Reid  has  been  through   his  own  torrent  of   emotions  with  the  Eagles   on   and   off  the  field. And  the  toll  that  it  has   taken  on  him   emotionally   could  well  be  leading   him   to  make  a  decision    that   has  been   long  overdue.    If  nothing   else   this  last   season  he  was  able  to  perhaps  pull  of   his  best   coaching   accomplishment   in  years.    Making  lemonade  out   of  let’s   just   say  sour  lemons   was  quite  astonishing  when  one   considers  the  season  that   the  team  had.   

 

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles' coach  Andy  Reid (left), cornerback Asante'  Samuel   and team owner   Jeffrey  Lurie  pictured  after  the  player's  acquisition  from   the  New  England Patriots  in  2008.   picture  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Matt  Rourke ..............
Philadelphia Eagles' coach Andy Reid (left), cornerback Asante' Samuel and team owner Jeffrey Luria. The player along with the coach and team owner are seen here at the press conference to publicize Samuel's acquisition by the Eagles from the New England Patriots . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Roarke ................................

 

 

 

They’d  been  left   for  dead   for   sure   and  managed   to   come  back   from  the  abyss  to  make  it  all  the  way   to  the  NFC  championship  game.  There  they’d   fall  to   the  unlikely  Arizona  Cardinals.   The   game   itself   basically  sealed  the  Eagles’  fate   for  the   season  and  any   postseason  ambitions  that  they  had.  If nothing  else   it  proves   that   the  franchise   was  capable  of  facing   adversity  head  on.   But  when  it came  to  that  final   push  it  was  clearly   beyond   them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia   Eagles’  fans  are   loyal   to  a  fault.   But   at the  end  of  the  day  there’s  only   so  much  that  they  can  bare.    And  it  can’t   have   escaped  anyone’s  notice  that   went  things   aren’t   going   right   for  the   franchise   they   the   fans   tend  to  let   their   emotions  run  away  with  them.   And  in  doing   so  they   tend to  go  overboard   when  it  comes  to  voicing     either   approval or   disapproval  as   to   where  the  franchise  is  going  or  what  it  is  that  they’ve   achieved. 

 

 

 

Philadelphia  Eagles'  GM  Joe  Banner .   Of  late   Banner  has been  under  pressure   to  improve  the  roster  of   the  franchise.   And  his  veteran   quarterback  McNabb has  let  it be known  that  he's  not  yet  prepared to  sign a new  contract  until  he's  seen   what   improvements  are  made  by  the  organization.    picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  David Hirschfield ................
Eagles' GM Joe Banner of late has been under a great deal of pressure to improve the team's roster. Team quarterback Donovan McNabb has let it be known that he's not yet prepared to sign a new contract as of yet until he's seen the improvements that'll be made by the organization. Under no illusions Banner knows that it's now or never for the franchise as a whole. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David Hirschfield ......................

 

 

 

It   has  to  be  said  that  when   it was  announced    that   McNabb   had  been  drafted  by  the  franchise.   His   arrival    was  accepted  with  all  the  fervor   of   a  group  who’d  thought   that   they’d   been   betrayed   by  an  ownership  and  management  who  clearly  didn’t   know what  the  hell  it was  that  they  were  doing.  McNabb  through   the  ensuing    years   has  proven to  the  fans   that   he  could   lead   the  franchise.  Albeit   that   his   leadership   skills   have   come  into   question  repeatedly  over   the    years.   In-fighting   and   very  little  real   communication   or  leadership   has  all  but   led   this   franchise  to  implode.     Self   indulgent    behavior   and   no  one  is   prepared  to   held   accountable  for  their   actions.   And   one   could   see  that   in  Andy   Reid ,  here   was  a  coach   who’d   all  but  lost   the   team  when  it  really  mattered.  Confidence   in them  may   well   have   been  the   real   issue.

 

 

 

 

If  the  quarterback’s   demands  aren’t   met   then   it   has  to  be  said  the    team  has   to   move   in a  completely  new   direction  altogether.    Contract  extension  or   not  this   team   has   progressively    either  made it  to  the   top  of  the  mountain.   But   then  all   too   quickly  fallen  off   the  summit    inexplicably  without   a  reason  as  to   its   shortcomings.    It   were  as  if   it’s    half    expected  to  be  that   way,  season  in,  season   out    for  the  franchise.   Mediocrity  and    the   contrivance  that   as  long   as  they   defeat  the   Dallas   Cowboys  and  the New York  Giants during  the   regular   season   that  is  enough   for  the  team   in  terms  of  success.

 

 

 

 

Reid   and  McNabb  congratulate  one  another  on  the  sidelines   during  an  NFL  game .
Reid and McNabb congratulate one anotjher on the sidelines during an NFL game . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ David Embley .......................

 

 

 

If   we’re   going  to   question  the   actions   as  to   what    McNabb  is  after then  we’ve  also   got  to  look  at   whether    or  not  what  he’s   trying  to   achieve  is  actually  worthwhile.    In  the  past   he’s   made  this   type  of   request   before .   He    got   his   wish    when  the   team  made  the   trade   for  the  often   troubled,  talented  and   mercurial  Terrell  Owens.   Not   quite   a  match  made   in  heaven.    But   it  proved   profitable  in  the   fact that   it  took  them  to  the  Promised Land   by  way  of a    Superbowl  appearance.   However   in   the    aftermath  of  the    loss  to  the  New  England  Patriots .     It   soured   the   relationship   between  the  two   players   and   we   were  left   wondering    who  of   the    two   may   well  have  been  the  more   immature  ?    Name  calling  and   other   such   child  like   tendencies  and   it   has  to  be  said   watching  the  events  that’ve   unfolded   in  Philadelphia    has  been   akin   to  watching   a    daytime   soap  opera.  Only   in   this   case   there’s   no sex   ,  murder   or   hint  of    the  questioning   of  a  cast member’s   sexuality.   There   may   well   have   been  Owens   questioning   McNabb’s   intestinal   fortitude    at  the   end  of  the   game  itself  .  But   that   was  then   and  this   is   now.    And   it’d  appear    that   it’s   the  player   who’s   now   questioning  the   resolve  of   the  franchise   and  its  overall   ambition.  

 

 

 

 

 

And   should   the  unthinkable   happen   and  they   seek  a   parting  of  the  ways.   Then   I’d   like  to  think   that    both  parties  will    have  thought   this   out    thoroughly .    It’s   not as  if    McNabb   can’t   survive   without    Philadelphia.  The   question   is   however  can   the  Philadelphia   Eagles    survive   without  Donovan  McNabb  ?.    Because  if  anything   the   fans   before  McNabb   didn’t  really    have   all  that   much  to   really   cheer about   as  to  their    fortunes.    Now   in  the  wake  of  what   could   be  a   monumental   mistake.   I   doubt   that  they’re   going   to   like    the   view   of   someone   else   helming  this   team.     McNabb   may   well  be   testing  that  resolve  or   he   may   well    be   looking  to    maneuver   his  way   out   of  Philly.    But  in  reality    should    push    come  to   shove  ,   someone  if  not   both   parties   will  be   looking   to   profit   from  this   all.      The  question  is   who   at  this  present    moment  in  time   has  the  upper   hand   in  this   all  ?