This seems pretty cut and dry. We blew it.http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=eagles&id=4881668
Eagles coach Andy Reid went looking for a backup for McNabb last spring and took a chance by signing Garcia on the rebound from a brief, disastrous stop in Detroit. It's no exaggeration to say Garcia looked washed up in the preseason. However, Reid kept both him and A.J. Feeley as backups, a move that looked plenty smart to everybody but Philly's notoriously tough fans when a season-ending knee injury took McNabb out of the picture in November.
The faithful howled for Feeley, but Reid saw something in Garcia that he liked. The quarterback had mastered the 49ers' version of the West Coast offense and his teacher from those days, Marty Mornhinweg, was now offensive coordinator for the Eagles. All that familiarity did the lot of them very little good in Garcia's first start, a 45-21 loss at Indianapolis. But what Philly fans, his teammates and maybe even the staff had underestimated was their quarterback's ability to take a punch.
There are plenty of ways to quantify Garcia's recuperative powers during the winning streak - he's been the league's highest-rated passer in that stretch, totaling almost 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns - but it's been the leadership that Owens so often mocked that's rallied the Eagles to his side.
"The point in the season when he came in, this team needed a fighter," running back Brian Westbrook said. "When Jeff got in there, he showed he's a fighter."
"Not only is he making big plays and showing leadership on the field," linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said, "he's running around like a crazy man and cheering for the defense. Last week, he even kissed me on the helmet after a play, which I didn't like all that much."