Rapid Reaction: Ravens 26, Eagles 7

November, 23, 2008
11/23/08
10:09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Has the Donovan McNabb era in Philly come to a shocking close? Stay tuned. Eagles coach Andy Reid, one of McNabb's biggest defenders over the years, pulled him at the half after McNabb fumbled once and threw two interceptions.

It was a surprising move -- especially since the Eagles were only trailing by three points at the time. Reid didn't say who would start against the Cardinals on Thursday, but it's too late to turn back now. He basically pulled the carpet out from under McNabb. Even if he goes back to him Thursday, it's not like McNabb will ever trust him again.

McNabb's replacement, Kevin Kolb, didn't fare much better in the second half, throwing two interceptions of his own. But it was certainly a tough spot. You need to see him with a full week of practice before you can pass judgment on how he plays.

What led the stubborn Reid to make such a huge decision? Maybe we'll find out Monday. On Sunday, he didn't say anything too revealing. As bad as McNabb has been, no one saw this coming. Kolb was impressive in training camp and in the offseason, but no one expected him to push McNabb this season.

This team is awful right now. The Eagles don't have anything that resembles a running game and their receiving corps is pretty nondescript. Reid's move will have ripple effects in the organization. And if you see massive changes after the season, remember today's date. It's not like the Ravens were brilliant on offense -- rookie Joe Flacco was 12 of 26 -- but their defense made huge plays.

We can now unofficially eliminate the Eagles (5-5-1) from the playoff hunt. The sun will come up in Philly on Monday. But you'll have a tough time convincing the Eagles' fan base of that.

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