Eagles coach Andy Reid said he will not be making a quarterback
change for Monday night's must-win game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Starter Mike McMahon, who replaced injured Donovan McNabb two weeks
ago, completed just 12 of 28 passes for 91 yards in the Eagles' 19-14
win over the Green Bay Packers.
"Right now, it's Mike's position," Reid said. "We'll see how he does
here. He did some good things (against the Packers). He took a couple of
steps forward. Now we need to get him started a little faster than we
have in the last couple of games."
McMahon completed just four of 12 passes for 27 yards in the first
half of the Packers game. The week before, in a 27-17 loss to the New York Giants, he completed just five of 15 passes for 81 yards in the
McMahon played better in the second half of both games. On Sunday, he
completed three of four passes on the Eagles' game-winning drive. He
also didn't throw an interception and rushed for 29 yards. The week
before, he had 31 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Giants.
"I like his mobility," Reid said. "He saw he was in trouble a couple
of times Sunday and was able to get out of trouble with his legs. Not
only running the ball, but throwing the football down the field. He made
a couple of throws there at the end that were big throws."
Koy Detmer is the team's backup quarterback. The Eagles currently
aren't carrying a No. 3 quarterback.
--Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had surgery on his abdomen and
groin Monday to repair his sports hernia. The recovery time for the
surgery is about three months. The team fully expects him to be ready
for the club's spring minicamps. "The doctor felt it went well," coach
Andy Reid said of the surgery. "He felt real good about it. They
repaired the torn groin muscle on the right side and sewed up the
--Lamar Gordon's first-quarter fumble Sunday was the first lost
fumble by an Eagles running back on a rushing attempt in 799 carries
covering 41 games. The last one: October 26, 2003, by Correll Buckhalter
against the New York Jets. Gordon's fumble came in the red zone and cost
the Eagles a scoring opportunity. "It's disappointing," offensive
coordinator Brad Childress said. "Particularly where it occurred. You
take care of the football, you're going to be in good shape most games.
They had five turnovers today, we had one. But that one probably cost us
points." The Eagles have lost just six fumbles in 11 games.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--QB Mike McMahon has run for 60 yards in his two starts. That's 5
yards more than Donovan McNabb's rushing total in the Eagles' first nine
games. Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't try to discourage McMahon from
running any more than he did McNabb. "You run the offense," he said. "If
you don't have the throw that's there, you go through your progressions
and then take off and go."
REPORT CARD VS. PACKERS
PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Mike McMahon completed three of four attempts
on an important fourth-quarter scoring drive, but he mostly was
ineffective through the air. He completed just 12 of 28 passes. His wide
receivers caught a total of three passes for 19 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- For the first time all season, the Eagles
ran the ball more than they threw it. With a makeshift line that
included three guys with a total of two NFL starts, they rushed for 180
yards against the Packers. Brian Westbrook notched just the third
100-yard game of his career and scored the Eagles' only touchdown on a
27-yard cutback run.
PASS DEFENSE: A-minus -- The Eagles didn't blitz much, but they still
got good pressure on Brett Favre. The much-maligned secondary turned in
a solid effort, holding Favre to 15 completions in 33 attempts while
picking him off twice.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- When you give up 111 rushing yards to Samkon
Gado, there's not a whole lot to be happy about. Outside linebackers
Dhani Jones and Keith Adams combined for just two tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus -- David Akers bounced back from his 38-yard
miss against the Giants and made all four of his field-goal attempts.
The coverage units played well and forced two fumbles on kickoff
COACHING: B-plus -- Without Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens and
three-fifths of his starting line, Andy Reid wisely went heavy with the
run. Defensive chief Jim Johnson cut down on the blitzes and got a solid
effort from his much-maligned unit.