Donovan McNabb shouldn’t feel so bad about not knowing an NFL game can end in a tie. For starters, there’s not been a draw since a Falcons/Steelers stalemate in 2002, and McNabb probably figured that around the 5 hour mark he’d either stop turning the ball over or the Bengals would make more of the opportunites. For the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Ford, however, the bottom line is pretty simple : “If you can’t beat the Cincinnati Bengals, not only aren’t you going to the playoffs, you don’t really belong there.”
“The confidence is high,” quarterback Donovan McNabb said about the offense. “There’s no waver in our confidence on the offensive side. We’ve done a lot of great things so far this year, and we’ll continue to do a lot of great things.”
It must be a wonderful season on his planet, but around here it doesn’t really seem that promising. The Eagles are 5-4-1 with games still remaining against a decent Baltimore team and also against their three NFC East division rivals.
Maybe they can be counted on to beat Arizona and Cleveland – emphasis on the maybe – but the team that played Cincinnati yesterday can definitely lose all four of the others. That is what we could be looking at here, a 7-8-1 record in a season in which McNabb stays healthy. That kind of shoots holes in the everything-is-OK-here line of reasoning.
Sometimes football is a very elemental game. If you need to get a yard, you have your big guys knock the other big guys out of the way, and you hand the ball off and get the yard. That’s not happening now, and Reid doesn’t know why. McNabb doesn’t know why. Of course, until yesterday Donovan didn’t know that NFL regular-season games can end in a tie, either. He thought they just keep playing.
“I’d hate to see what happens in the Super Bowl or I’d hate to see what happens in the playoffs, to settle with a tie,” he said.
We’ll leave that where it is for the moment, what it means that an NFL quarterback, a veteran of 10 years, doesn’t know the rules by which the game is played. At least it doesn’t come up that often. Third downs happen all the time, and the Eagles need to figure out the short-yardage stuff, if it still matters.
2 thoughts on “McNabb’s NFL Rules Tutorial”
Let’s see, the rule for regular season overtime has been around since…what, ’74 or ’75?? So, exactly WHAT the fuck was Donnie Mac learning @ Syracuse??
Oh, I’M sorry. My bad. I keep forgetting college and high school OT is SO fucking chickenshit. “Oh, we’ll just put the ball on the 25, and trade off till somebody wins”. FUCK YOU!!!
Christ, no wonder the Eagles will never see another Super Bowl…if this clusterfuck doesn’t know there’s a reason why there’s a “T” in the standings. What the fuck does he think it means?? T-bagging??
Yeah, Donovan needs to brush up on the rule book but his thinking is right. Why does the NFL let this stupid rule stay in the books? If the NFL is such a great sports organization, why does this dumb rule exist? If two class A high school football teams have a playoff, why wouldn’t the NFL?