No April Fools – NFL Network Trashes Eagles Receivers


It’s that time of year. Actually, it’s always that time of year in Philadelphia. I just kicked back and watched NFL Network’s State of the Franchise starring the Eagles. Guess what they talked about? Wide receivers. Thankfully, that guy in Arizona wasn’t mentioned, nor was the fella in Cleveland.

However, they still found time to beat the “Donovan needs playmakers” drum, yet again. Listen, I’m not completely sold on the offense, but can we please stop blathering on endlessly about how awful the current pass catchers are? At least for one day.

You can view the video for yourself, but I just wanted to refute something Willie McGinest said regarding the 2004 season when TO was in town. He claimed Owens made “the other Eagles receivers better.” Really? I’ve heard a lot of the so-called “analysts” spew this nonsense in the last couple years. Let’s check the stats, shall we.

Player Catches Yards TDs
Owens 77 1200 14
Pinkston 36 676 1
Mitchell 22 377 2
C. Lewis 29 267 3
L.J. Smith 34 377 5

Not exactly scintillating numbers from the other four leading receivers. And no, I didn’t include Westbrook – he’s a running back. Perhaps Willie and the rest should ask one of the countless researchers at the NFL Network for assistance before they make statements that are not accurate.

Listen, I worked in broadcasting for 11 years, so I learned quickly to not take what the talking heads say as gospel, but when guys like McGinest, and he’s far from the first, spout crap like “Owens made the other receivers better,” it bothers me. I’ll climb down from my soapbox now.

Tags: Eagles Wide Receivers State Of The Franchise

  • Tracer Bullet

    Owens probably makes his teammates worse, or at least less productive, because he demands so much attention from the QB and offensive coordinator. For all the talk about his production and how he helps his teams, the guy hasn’t been on the field for a playoff win since 2002.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott

    Excellent point, Tracer. If Owens was so great at making his teams better I would think he’d be leading them to the playoffs every single season.