Sunday, August 20, 2006

Detmer's time with Eagles appears waning

From the (Vineland, N.J.) Daily Journal:

(Comments in parentheses are mine.)

By DON BENEVENTO
Gannett News Service

It appears the Eagles are moving closer to the end of an era.

(Era? More like an aberration.)

For nine seasons, quarterback Koy Detmer has been on the Eagles' roster -- the last seven of those as a backup to starter Donovan McNabb.

(More accurately, as kicker David Akers' personal caddy. When a quarterback serves at the kicker's pleasure -- the kicker -- that pretty much says it all.)

But with the addition of Jeff Garcia as a free agent, combined with the fact that it's been a long time since Detmer has moved the ball effectively, you would think a change is coming.

No one will say so officially, but it appears Detmer's days with the Eagles are numbered.

Detmer seemed to fall deeper into a hole Thursday. Playing the third quarter and into the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, he was able to complete only 5-of-10 passes for 21 yards with one interception. His rating was 16.7. His rating through three preseason games is 25.

He entered the game with the Eagles leading, 10-3. When he left they were trailing, 20-10.

"You'd like to go out there and have some success, but it was a tough night," Detmer said. "It took me a while to get some things going, and even still, we weren't able to put points on the board, which is frustrating for any quarterback."

(At least the Eagles finally realize they need a capable backup for McNabb as he gets older and his body doesn't hold up to the punishment inflicted in the NFL as well as it once did. Mike McMahon made that painfully clear.)

8 Comments:

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was a poor decision to use mcmahon over koy last year. nothing about mcmahons past indicated he could do the job better.. if they think that little of koy then perhaps it is time for him to go.

 
At 6:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No,that was how pathetic Detmer was and is :McMahon was at least able to scoot out of the way of the blitzkrieg.
Both should have been gone after last year.
Why jerk Koy off another pre-season or season?He's stealing NFL money.Out.

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-F'n-MEN and good riddance. I hope the news that we're bringing in Stephen Davis for a workout means Reno Mahe's days are numbered as well. I also saw on ESPN that Pinkston may not make the 53 man roster. Wow I'm starting to have some hope about this season.

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DON BENEVENTO, If you didn't have an Italian name I would rake you over the coals. Timmy Chang is on the practice squad and yes, Detmer is your #3 QB.

 
At 2:12 PM, Anonymous P.V. said...

Agreed. He's the #3.

Don't devalue a QB with knowledge of this West Coast offense. His ability to serve as a mentor is worth his salary.

And of course, he's been getting time with the scrubs. I don't see how he's so far removed from the san fran game years ago, aside from age. With a healthy team and O-Line, I'd like to see what he can do.

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Jeffvco said...

I admit Koy is knows the offense and is invaluable as a holder and possibly a mentor, but he serves no other significant purpose.

The Eagles take outrageous chances at other positions by bringing in inexperienced players attempting to find that proverbial "diamond in the rough".

Why not ditch Detmer (or make him an assistant on coaching staff) and bring in another guy to groom. Detmer's proven his skills (as little as they were from the start) are rapidly deteriorating. And Chang doesn't seem to be the answer eiter.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger tone loc said...

You didn't mention the fact that Timmy Chang has given them no reason at all to cut Detmer. Kind of silly, though, that the guy has hung around for as long as he has because Akers loves him as a holder. Great guy and great attitude, but can no one else hold a football on this team?

Laces out.

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous RRT said...

For a million a year I think that I can hold the football or anything else for that matter.

As regards Mike McMahon, they should have held onto him and groomed him for the future, his mobility was worth taking a further chance with him

 

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