The Super Bowl this past weekend was the culmination of two weeks of jealousy. It started with the Eagles losing to the Arizona Cardinals but that wasn’t bad enough. The Super Bowl made me realize what the Eagles don’t have. It was like the game was there just to remind me how my Eagles are lacking.
First Larry Fitzgerald taking a catch 70 yards for a touchdown and the lead with under 3 minutes to go. Fitzgerald is the best wide receiver in the league – at the start of this season, some might have argued he wasn’t the best on the team. Fitzgerald was held to nothing and with one catch nearly won this game for the Cardinals. That was only the beginning.
Ben Roethlisberger told his team “It’s now or later.” He then drove his team 78 yards masterfully to win the game with seconds to go. It was a thing of beauty. Roethlisberger has grit and the determination of a winner. He probably had no doubt that he would win the game. Let’s not forget the catch that Santana Holmes made – for all of the grit that Big Ben showed, the catch by Holmes was that of an all-star.
Unfortunately I look at the Cardinals and Steelers and see my team lacking in ways that we are either unable to change or unwilling to. Donovan McNabb is one of the best quarterbacks that has played the game, but he is not what I would ever call a “winner”. At the beginning of that drive, I don’t think even McNabb would have believed he could do it. I try and remember McNabb winning a big game in the final minutes and I can’t. But the Eagles won’t and shouldn’t change quarterbacks – because he is still good enough to win. What the Eagles need to do is improve the other areas of this team to make up for the deficiencies of their quarterback – but they’re unwilling. They will not get a wide receiver of Fitzgerald’s quality. And they won’t get a running back to supplement Brian Westbrook.
The Eagles don’t have to be the next coming of Vince Lombardi’s Packers to win the Super Bowl. They do need to accurately identify their faults and address them. For the years that I have watched Andy Reid’s version of the Philadelphia Eagles, that is their fatal flaw. That we’ve been saying the same thing for most of Andy Reid’s tenure is an indictment of this administration.
Regardless of Donovan McNabb’s faults, he should be credited with bringing this flawed team as far as he has. Now it’s time for Andy Reid to step in and do the rest.
Hurry because the days are slipping by.