Donovan and Banner Swap Soft Right Hooks

Donovan and Banner Swap Soft Right Hooks

I think it is safe to assume Donovan McNabb was not all that happy when Donte’ Stallworth went north to catch passes for the Patriots. Donte’s departure left Donovan with Reggie Brown as the only current high caliber receiver in the Eagles arsenal. Also worth noting about Brown, in his two seasons with the Birds he has had number 81 and 18 lining up on the other side of the ball. Could Hank Baskett turn into a to level wideout? Sure it’s possible, but it’d be hoping for a whole lot from an undrafted player.

Let’s take a look at the events over the past few days. At a benefit on Wednesday, Donovan spoke his mind and did the unthinkable. Donovan criticized the Eagles.

The signing of Curtis satisfies a plea made by Donovan McNabb at an Autism benefit Wednesday night after the franchise quarterback was asked about losing his top deep threat Stallworth to the Patriots. "I'm just looking for some help that will stay longer than two years," McNabb said. "You look at quarterbacks throughout the league who have had the opportunity to work with the same receivers year after year. I have not had that ability.

"So, we've been just kind of going in and out with different receivers and having some success, but I am looking forward to hopefully getting somebody I can work with for years to come."

Some interesting words. It’s likely just a coincidence that the Birds had Curtis signed the following day. Adding to the uncomfortable atmosphere around the team, Joe Banner felt the need to call out the franchise QB – as if enough people don’t do that already. He basically called McNabb misinformed.

But Banner said the quarterback was not looking at facts. The reigning Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts have had essentially the same receiving corps throughout their run of success with Peyton Manning, but Banner said the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have had success in recent years with changing casts at wide receiver.

''There really isn't a basis there for talking about the continuity [with regards] to receivers,'' said Banner, who also cited statistics that he said show the Eagles have ranked No. 1 among the NFL's 32 teams at retaining players in recent seasons.

Donovan McNabb is the one throwing passes. I think Donovan knows the value of building lasting relationships with his receivers.  Banner calling out McNabb for asking for some receivers he can get to know inside and out is typical of the poor relationship Eagles management seems to have with the players and fans. The Eagles brass can talk all they want and rationalize the hell out of every move they make. It could all be completely accurate, but until we get a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, the fans won’t want to hear it.

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.