In the span of three plays in the third quarter, the Eagles scored 14 points by victimizing Carroll en route to a 24-9 lead. Following Dave Rayner's miss of a 54-yard field goal attempt, the Eagles moved to the Packers' 45 on Donovan McNabb's 11-yard pass to running back Correll Buckhalter. On the next play, McNabb than spotted wide receiver Greg Lewis wide open along the right sideline for an easy catch and run touchdown. Lewis completely lost Carroll to get open and score.
Green Bay promptly turned the ball over two plays into the ensuring series on an interception, and the Eagles continued to take aim at Carroll. The third-year pro was flagged for pass interference on wide receiver Reggie Brown, clearly grabbing Brown's uniform as he broke to get open. On the next play, McNabb found Lewis wide open crossing over the middle and nobody was within shouting distance of catching the receiver as he raced into the end zone.
Blame that particular play on another blatent lack of communication between among defenders, but Carroll's woes run deeper. It seems that for every step Carroll has taken forward in covering receivers in the past two-plus seasons, he has taken two steps back. On Monday night, he took a few strides backward and because of it, he should be forced to walk the plank.
This season, the Packers are trying to determine which young players will help them win games in the future. It is crystal clear that there is no way Carroll will ever help the Packers, so it is time to part ways - period. Why mess around any longer?
Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.