Monday, November 14, 2005

McNabb Needs To Leg It Out Vs.Dallas

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb insists that his sports hernia and other assorted injuries don't prevent him from running. The statistics indicate otherwise. McNabb has rushed 20 times for 33 yards and no touchdowns. That is a paltry 1.7 yards per rush.
If the Eagles are going to take advantage of the gifts delivered yesterday by Minnesota and Tampa Bay respectively with their wins over the N.Y. Giants and Washington Redskins, then McNabb is going to have to get some production from his legs.
In the earlier 33-10 loss at Dallas, McNabb faced a fierce pass rush and was sacked four times. He rushed twice for all of two yards.
Dallas realized he wasn't going to run and McNabb essentially became a sitting target. The Cowboys will do the same thing tonight, forcing everything to the middle and not expecting McNabb to dart to the outside.
A few runs would open things up considerably, not only for running back Brian Westbrook, but for the young receivers. The Eagles were far too predictable in their first meeting with Dallas and that explains why they accumulated just 129 total net yards.
Before this season, the lowest yards-per-carry in McNabb's career has been 5.1 in 2003. Last season he ran the ball just 41 times, but averaged 5.4 yards and scored three touchdowns.
McNabb has proven that he is an elite quarterback who can do much more than run, but the Eagles are now in a desperate situation, where they need every weapon available to them.
And there are few things that are more unsettling to a defense than seeing McNabb take off down field.
He insists that he can run effectively. Tonight would be a good time to prove it, or the Eagles playoff run could finally run out of gas.


At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you Mark that we need him to open things up with his legs. He seemed much more loose and able to do so last week. I'm not sure if its the warm up or the fact that the games are later in the day but he deff looked better.

I feel the real area we need to see improvement from is our pass rush, we are 30 sacks off last years pace??

Mcnabb needs to make better decisions with the ball as well. Hit the open man in stride and avoid the back breaking INT. Seeing him open it up with his legs will be great but our problems are deeper in my opinion.


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