Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/13
Donovan McNabb doesn’t hesitate to give his opinion when asked about the read option the latest trend in offensive NFL football. “To me it’s just a fad” McNabb said. McNabb who went to six Pro Bowls during his 11 years with the Eagles will have his jersey No. 5 retired and will be inducted into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame Thursday night when his former coach Andy Reid brings the Chiefs to the Linc to face the Eagles. His former team is almost exclusively no-huddle these days with a dimension of read-option and even Reid a West Coast offense traditionalist in Philly runs a healthy dose of pistol with the Chiefs. This is the NFL of 2013. And McNabb whose nine playoff wins rank ninth in NFL history doesn’t like it. “I enjoyed the West Coast offense I enjoyed the no-huddle and two-minute drill we ran but I’m not trying to run 90 plays in a game” he said Wednesday night after arriving in Philly. “I don’t know if any offensive player would want to run 90 plays in a game. If you’re running 90 plays in a game that means your defense is pretty awful and you’re running entirely too many plays. “At Oregon [Kelly] may have ran 75 plays in a game but you’re not going to run 85 90 not in the NFL and teams and defensive coordinators are a lot better than what you’re going to see in college.” The Eagles ran 77 plays in a Week 1 win over the Redskins but only 58 in their loss to the Chargers Sunday. Their 63 points through two games are third-most in the NFL so far and their 477 yards are second-most. “I tip my hat off to what they’ve been doing the first two weeks but there comes a time if you’re up by 14 up by 21 maybe with about 11 10 minutes to go it’s time to go into a mode where you’re trying eat up some clock” McNabb said.
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