Do you remember 2004 when Donovan McNabb was throwing the ball down the field to Terrell Owens and Todd Pinkston? Well, I think we're going to see more of that this season.
This fits McNabb. It's not a coincidence that this offense is being tailored to fit No. 5. He is not really a dink-and-dunk type of quarterback. He is at his best when he's letting them go downfield.
At practice [yesterday], McNabb was letting it rip downfield play after play. The Eagles seem to be making it a point to let McNabb throw the ball on deep and intermediate routes.
They have the speed to let one receiver run the safeties, which opens up the intermediate area for a receiver coming from the other side of the field.
The dink and dunk describes the offense that the Eagles used to run, but they'll be throwing the ball downfield as long as DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis and Jeremy Maclin are running routes for them.
Maclin has made such an impression on Curtis that I think he is running the risk and reinjuring himself. I think Curtis is rushing himself back because of the progress that Maclin is making during the practices. He should take his time with his groin and make sure he's not taking it back the other way.
I heard one of the reporters talking about how good McNabb was looking at practice and how bad Kevin Kolb was looking. McNabb was throwing [lasers] downfield to Jackson, Curtis and Maclin, while Kolb was throwing interception after interception.
What's up with Kolb and interceptions? Was this a problem for him in college? Is he not learning the system? Is he giving away through his eyes, etc. where he intends to throw the ball?
Analyzing Garry Cobb
If G. Cobb had Donovan McNabb in the Hall Of Fame last week, it really isn't too much of a stretch this week to suggest that McNabb will be reliving the glories of 2004, is it?
Cobb checked in with a dandy of an OTA update (www.gcobb.com) that featured ample helpings of June In-Shorts Optimism . . . and which suggested, in order, that the Eagles would be throwing the ball downfield more frequently, that Kevin Curtis is spooked by the talent of Jeremy Maclin and how other reporters were "talking about how good McNabb was looking at practice and how bad Kevin Kolb was looking. . . . I actually don't mean to be this cynical about G. Cobb. Sure, the optimism might be a little over the top, but Cobb is at his best when he's giving his practice evaluations.