McNabb's injury could have been avoided: Eagles coach Andy Reid wouldn't lift his foot off the accelerator with a 21-point, third-quarter lead, and as a result, he might not have QB Donovan McNabb for next Sunday's potential shootout against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb padded a commanding lead, but he paid a price.Has John Clayton ever watched a football game in his life? I swear, this is one of the most idiotic things I have ever read. Let me break it down for you so you know what I mean.
With 6:59 left in the third quarter of a 38-10 win over the Panthers, McNabb suffered a fractured rib in the left side of his back as he scrambled into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. That touchdown gave the Eagles a 38-10 lead in a game that was over in the middle of the second quarter. X-rays revealed one fracture. McNabb's a competitor, but there was no need for him to risk injury with that big of a lead. It's too early to determine McNabb's status, but he's more doubtful than questionable
First of all, the Eagles were only up by 21 points before the McNabb touchdown/injury. Clayton tries to paint is as they were up 4 touchdowns and they were pulling a Bill Belichick circa 2007. That would be if the Eagles were up by 38 in the 4th quarter and they were still running all of their starters and gadgets to purposefully score more points. Scoring another touchdown when you are up 21, is at ramming the game down an opponent's throat and that is not the time to take your foot off the accelerator. Not in the 3rd quarter, at least. After all, the Eagles scored 3 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter in a period under 5 minutes with mainly defense and special teams. Who is to say that the Panthers could not have done the same thing with their defense and special teams?
And also, the Eagles were not doing anything tricky or trying to be fancy schmancy with that drive. They were establishing rhythm on offense after being totally out of sync during the pre-season. There was not anything fancy that said we want to shove this game down your throats. It was the Eagles offense running the Eagles offense. It's not the Eagles fault that the Panthers were unable to stop the Eagles' basic offensive scheme. Something that John Clayton knows nothing about.
And as far as the actual play itself and Donovan McNabb himself, it was a typical play. Nothing wrong, nothing over-the-top. He dropped back to pass, looked for a receiver, saw that no one was open, saw a potential running lane for the endzone and did what McNabb does back and take off and run for it. Now I can argue that the hit that fractured the rib was a late hit, but that's not really the point. The guy was trying to make the play. It may have been a tad late, but it was by no means egregious like it was in the 04 NFC Title game. Not that John Clayton would know anything about that, mind you.
But back to comebacks, not only have we seen 21 point comebacks in football games, if we think back to a several years ago on Monday Night Football (and the infamous Leaping game), Peyton Manning led a 21-point comeback with less than 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter! Sure Delhomme was stinking it up by then, but as mentioned earlier, who is to say that the Panthers could not have had a special teams/defense explosion. And while this was written before the game, who is to say that something like yesterday's Bills-Pats game could have happened. Of course, I'm sure John Clayton was quite surprised, shocked, stunned, and amazed all at once when he woke up this morning and saw that the Patriots won 25-24. Surely he had gone to bed when the Bills scored that touchdown that make it 24-13. After all, there has NEVER been an 11-point comeback with 3 minutes left in NFL history. After all, there have never been any halftime comebacks of 21-points or more. What we saw last night was truly unprecedented and chances are, we will never see anything like that again in our lives.
Like I mentioned before, I would be truly amazed if John Clayton has ever seen a football game in his life. What a complete ass and an utter moron.
FIRE JOHN CLAYTON NOW!
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