Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

November 24, 2008 | Glenn Clark

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:

Nestor Aparicio

says offense ‘opportunistic’ in win

Drew Forrester says Reid throwing from 1 yard line might be ‘worst play call of century’

Bob Haynie says Ravens finally get win over team with winning record at time

Casey Willett describes Eagles’ day in photo

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens ‘rope a dope’ Eagles

Glenn Clark says Vasquez, Terps got ‘lucky’

Bryan Powell says Hounds hosting Greensboro in Tournament tomorrow night

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says Ravens force 5 turnovers in win

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

Aaron Wilson says ‘student vanquished teacher’ as Harbaugh beat Reid

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’s James Walker

says Ravens should give ‘assist’ to Reid for QB decision’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



says Terps, Eagles to kick off at 3:30

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’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.)’s Heather Dinich

says drastic circumstances likely mean Terps play better at BC’s Heather Dinich says Terps continue to struggle in games ‘that count’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Diamondback’s Mark Selig


says Vasquez had to ‘save the day’ for Terps Friday night



says Toliver scores 25 as Terps beat UCLA

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



says Terps claim 3rd national championship in 4 years

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

The AP says Terps rallied for win after trailing Wake early in title game



previews tomorrow’s 2nd round match with Mason

NAVY FOOTBALL:Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner


says NIU Coach Novak using ‘tough’ approach

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wake, NC State could be Navy’s opponent in DC game



says Bears finish Daytona trip with loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay

The Sun says Kately lead Bears with 14 in loss



previews tonight’s contest with NJIT



says Hawks fall to Longwood in home opener



previews tomorrow’s trip to Mason

The Sun says former coach Phelan inducted in College Hall

Frederick News-Post’s Ryan Young says Phelan gets ‘long overdue’ induction to College Hall

SWIMMING:Sporting News First Cuts’ Chris Littman


says Phelps guests on Entourage

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.