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Donovan McNabb Handles The Question Well, Repeatedly

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2010 – 2:07 pm

I can’t help but feel that this Donovan McNabb-facing-the-Eagles story was already written at least once, back in the offseason after the trade went down. Back then it was known as the Oh-my-gosh-they-traded-you-in-the-division story, but it amounted to the same thing: people asked McNabb over and over again how it felt to no longer be an Eagle and now play for a rival of the Eagles, and he said over and over again that football is football and things happen.

Well, today we got to do it all again. McNabb’s answer HAS changed slightly, which I guess makes it all worth it. Now, in addition to saying that football is football, etc., he’s adding that maybe he’ll feel differently once the game has already happened. Over and over again. Here, look.

A few of the relevant didn’t-you-used-to-be-an-Eagle quotes, transcribed for those who don’t want to sit through the entire video:

On if he is excited to go back to Philadelphia:

“I’m just excited about this opportunity to give us a chance to get back on track. Obviously, the last two weeks have been ones that we’re obviously upset about, and to step back out on the field and possibly put ourselves at 2-0 in the division, that is my focus right now.”

On how difficult it is to suppress emotions he might have going into this game:

“I am still going to downplay it. The whole thing about is, for me to sit here and try to explain how my emotions may be, or what’s gonna be going through my mind, I think it’s just kinda, as Mike Tyson said, ‘ludicrous’. I think I can respond to that better when the game is over. So for me to try and come to up with something wouldn’t be right. But I’m gonna approach this week obviously like it has been in the last couple of weeks, so preparing, working with Kyle [Shanahan] to make sure we are on the same page, and go out and execute plays.”

On if he is anxious to get this game over with:

“Why, so we won’t have to answer this question anymore? Remember, we play them twice a year. I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to get us out on the field again. I think for all of us last week, we kind of felt embarrassed by the way we played and we just look forward to getting out and hopefully erasing that thought in our mind of last week.”

On the emotion that comes with walking in Lincoln Financial Stadium:

“I mean, I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll probably have some type of feelings. Who doesn’t have feelings getting ready for a game? I just hope I walk out of the right tunnel.”

On if knowing the Eagles as well as his does gives him and the Redskins an advantage in any sort of way:

“I wouldn’t say that. I mean, we all know each other on a personal level. We know each other just by the way we play and how they may call a game, but things happen differently. You know, they’re obviously going to try and attack me a lot differently then they have done from other quarterbacks. I expect that. But they have some tendencies that I have seen and they know that so … it’s going to be a game and it is going to go back and forth and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

On how he thinks he will be received by the fans:

“Hopefully cheers. I do know that. But eleven years have been great. It has been 11 great years and you wouldn’t expect me to say I am going to get booed do you? The past 11-years have been great and that is one that you just can’t forget.”

On how many times he has be in Lincoln Financial Stadiums visiting locker room:

“None. I am sure it is probably small, congested, probably not clean, but that’s what you do to opposing teams.”

On his communication with his former Eagles teammates:

“We communicate. I talk with a couple of players over there. We text or call. Andy [Reid] just left, actually had lunch — oh, he can’t do that? I’m sorry. Nah, just kidding. But the whole deal about it is, I played there for eleven years and have a lot of friends and built a lot of big friendships with guys who obviously are with other teams, we communicate. Nothing into it’s just the whole fact of saying hello and wishing them good luck and things of that nature.”

On if quarterback Kevin Kolb was treated fairly:
“Y’know, this game really isn’t fair at times. It’s a tough situation obviously when you lose your spot after being hurt. That’s one that’s hard to swallow. I’m sure he’s not accepting of it, really, but he’s being a good teammate. One thing that I am happy about that he is being a good teammate. He’s not a guy that’s lashing out, expressing his feelings in any sense. He’s being a true professional with it.”

On what Andy Reid and the Eagles organization mean to him:
“It means a lot. Their organization means a lot. The coaches mean a lot. The success that I have had is not just because of me alone. It was because of the players that surrounded me, the coaching staff, and the coaches putting me in a great position. Eleven years is one that you can’t just forget about in a day, a week or a year. We had a lot of success. The records that I hold there is due to Andy [Reid] taking that chance on me in ’99, the guys that I played with, the great players who are future Hall of Famers, those guys. I’m just excited that I had the opportunity to play with those guys but life moves on. You want to have that same success here in Washington.”

On if he feels like he was appreciated by the Eagles’ fanbase:
“I think a lot of times people focus in on talk radio and their opinions or their judgment. But there are a lot of people who truly were accepting of the things that I was able to do and respected me as a person and as a player. I do feel like I was appreciated there in Philadelphia, yes.”

On this weekend being perceived as Vick versus McNabb:

“Again, I don’t focus on numbers. To me I don’t look at it as Vick versus McNabb. I look at it as the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles, and that is the way that I’m sure they’ll look at it, just like we are. For me to come in with a chip on my shoulder and things of that nature … I mean, every player has a chip on their shoulder about something. Is this something that I use? Maybe, just an added chip, but I got a whole season ahead of me and that is what I focus on.”

On if his return to Philly provides motivation to his teammates:

“I think we have a little bit more motivation then just with me going back to Philly. Obviously, by the last two weeks with us being 1-2 it is a must-win game for us. We feel like to possibly be 2-0 in the division … y’know, there’s a lot of factors that play into this. And if it’s an added bonus for them to try and win this game for me, that’s great, but there’s more motivation into this game then, just, everything we have kinda been talking about.”

His reaction to Trent Dilfer of ESPN asking the city of Philadelphia to be a class act and not boo him:


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