It doesn’t bother me that everyone in the media is talking about McNabb, Reid, and the Eagles more than they are the Ravens. Frankly; the Ravens weren’t the story yesterday.But I don’t think the Ravens won BECAUSE of Andy Reid’s decision to bench Donovan McNabb.
Frankly, the Ravens had terrorized McNabb in the first half; forcing 2 INT’s and a fumble that Jarrett Johnson picked out of the air.
The reason the game was close was because the Ravens offense hadn’t gotten things going. A QB switch doesn’t change that.
In fact, the Eagles made some adjustments offensively in the 2nd half; and Kevin Kolb was actually able to put together a nice drive…….until Ed Reed stepped in.
This game was won the way the Ravens SHOULD win games. Flacco wasn’t asked to “manage” a football game, he was given chances to win it. The defense was as outstanding as we should expect; and the running game wore the Eagles’ defense down late.
Andy Reid’s QB decision was NOT the difference in the game. But if I’m an Eagles fan; I’d rather have McNabb at the helm for a desperate playoff push.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
Casey Willett describes Eagles’ day in photo
Thyrl Nelson says Ravens ‘rope a dope’ Eagles
Glenn Clark says Vasquez, Terps got ‘lucky’
RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
The Official Site says Reed broke own NFL record with 108 yard INT return
The Official Site’s Denver Parler says J. Johnson ‘provided tone-establishing plays’ in win
The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of Ravens
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Reed now has 37 career INT’s
Eagles Official Site’s Dave Spadaro ‘has no problem’ with Reid pulling McNabb
Eagles Official Site’s Steve Lienert says Eagles’ D-Line ‘fell apart’ late in game
Eagles Official Site’s Joe Dolan says McNabb ‘shocked’ by benching
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘hammered’ McNabb in first half of win
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Flacco, McNabb moving in ‘opposite’ directions
The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens playing with confidence
The Sun’s Mike Preston says benching, loss leave Reid on ‘hot seat’
The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to secondary; harshest criticism to special teams
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says L. McClain gets season high 88 yards rushing
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Wilcox adds 2nd TD catch of season in win
The Sun’s Ken Murray says banged up O-Line holds up in win
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens, Eagles at ‘intersection’
The Sun’s Ray Frager says Rosen, Ryan worked as ‘partners’ in Ravens broadcast
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens ‘legitimate playoff contender’
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck baffled by Reid’s play calling
Aaron Wilson says Ravens make ‘major statement’ in win
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Reed now has 10 career return TD’s
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says L. McClain’s late 28 yard run longest of his career
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens pick up ‘dominating’ win
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says win ‘meaningful’ for former Eagles assistant Harbaugh
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Ford says ‘party over’ for McNabb, Reid
Philadelphia Daily News’ Rich Hofmann says Reid resorted to ‘drastic measure’ in benching McNabbESPN.com’s James Walker
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘continue stability’ with win
SI’s Don Banks says Eagles’ loss ‘embarrassing’
SI’s Peter King has Ravens 7th in power rankings
CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Reed went ‘brain dead’ on return
Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Ravens’ ‘consistent pressure’ helped defense stop Eagles
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Turner thinks Terps have chance for ‘retribution’ vs. Eagles
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thought offense worse than defense Saturday night
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thought Terps hurt when FSU moved E. Brown inside
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps forced to play on despite losing Orange Bowl goal
The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders if Scott’s fumbles coming from shoulder injury
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Turner still wants to go to ‘good Bowl’
The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Friedgen’s mind ‘boggled’ by Terps’ performance
The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says ‘luck finally ran out’ for Terps in FSU loss
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says BC will be without QB Crane due to broken collarbone
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says with loss, Terps could be Boise-bound
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps can still dash BC’s title hopes
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bowl positioning would benefit from win, likely BC freefall
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says D. Davis will get first career start for BC
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will have chance to beat 7th straight ranked team
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach thinks Terps go to Nashville, Bruce Feldman is an idiot (Please allow me to clarify…….Feldman has Maryland playing in Boise. He also has Florida State winning the ACC and playing in the Orange Bowl. The only way Florida State can play for the ACC title is if Maryland beats Boston College. If that happens; Maryland will be 8-4 with 5 wins over Top 25 teams. Do YOU think that type of team would be playing in Boise? That’s sloppy research from someone who is normally very good.)ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps continue to struggle in games ‘that count’
TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Diamondback’s Mark Selig
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site
The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Coleman adds 22 in win
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Kizer set physical pace early in Terps’ win
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says over 7,000 see Terps beat Bruins
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Toliver passes 1,500 career points in win
TERRAPINS FIELD HOCKEY:The Official Site
The Sun’s Steve Bittenbender says Rowe, O’Donnell each had goal and assist in win for Terps
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps beat Wake 4-2 for title
TERRAPINS SOCCER:The Official Site
NAVY FOOTBALL:Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wake, NC State could be Navy’s opponent in DC game
MORGAN BASKETBALL:The Official Site
TOWSON BASKETBALL:The Official Site
UMES BASKETBALL:The Official Site
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site
Frederick News-Post’s Ryan Young says Phelan gets ‘long overdue’ induction to College Hall
SWIMMING:Sporting News First Cuts’ Chris Littman
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Darian Conners of Eastern Tech; who tallied 4 TD’s to beat Edmondson and advance to the state semifinals.
-Convincing Maryland that they have something to play for will NOT be easy this week. This one will be on the Maryland players; who will have one more chance to make a statement. I’m not sure it will matter much.
-Towson 83, NJIT 68. Loyola 75, JMU 71. But what do I know?
Talk to you tomorrow.