Sunday, November 19, 2006

It's Wait Until 2007 For The Eagles

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young missed the team flight to Philadelphia on Saturday, saying he forgot his I.D. and then got stuck behind a funeral procession.
Young found his way to Philadelphia, only to attend another funeral - one for the Eagles. At 5-5, after Sunday's 31-13 pasting by the Titans, the Eagles season is over, although we said that after they lost at Tampa Bay and again against Jacksonville. Some people still won't believe it.
If anybody is counting, the Eagles have lost to two teams that currently stand at 3-7, Tennessee and Tampa Bay.
And now they have lost Donovan McNabb for the year. The Eagles signed Jeff Garcia to be his backup and hailed him as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL, citing the three Pro Bowls on his resume.
Yet it has been since 2002 that Garcia actually played with a winning team, when he guided San Francisco to a 10-6 record.
Garcia came in relief of McNabb during Sunday's loss to Tennessee and showed an arm with little zip. He completed 26 of 48 passes for 189 yards and a TD, but this once big-strike offense, now will take days to reach the end zone with Garcia.
And even if he reverts to his 49er form, there is no guarantee that the Eagles defense will suddenly spring to life.
Tennessee gained 209 yards on the ground, the same total Jacksonville did on Oct. 29 in a 13-6 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. And the special teams allowed a 90-yard punt return for a TD against Tennessee in a continued season of inconsistency.
So the Eagles, who used to have a real home field advantage, are now 3-3 at the Linc.
For the season straight year, the season has ended way too early for the Eagles. And this time, Vince Young wasn't late, when attending this football funeral.