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Donovan McNabb Explains What He Can Improve This Offseason

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 4:07 pm

Donovan McNabb is serving as part of ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage in Dallas this week, so it’s safe to assume that he’ll be talking a lot. (He’d be a pretty lousy TV personality if he didn’t.) And if Donovan McNabb is talking, there’s a decent chance that it’ll be something of interest to Redskins fans. Frankly, I expect to be transcribing a fair bit of Donovan McNabb for the next few days, especially if the alternative is hearing EVEN MORE about Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle.

But today was especially notable, as McNabb sat down with Mike Tirico to get the slightly awkward prelimnaries out of the way.
McNabb was excellent on TV as always. He handled the tougher questions with class, saying that his agent Fletcher Smith would be talking about the behind-the-scenes stuff with general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan, while McNabb focused on getting physically ready in the offseason.

And that statement led Tirico to ask a question that a lot of fans also put forth after McNabb was replaced by Rex Grossman this year: “You’ve done this for a dozen years now,” Tirico said. “Where are the places that you can still be a better quarterback at this point in your career?”

McNabb didn’t duck the question. “You know what, there are a lot of places,” he said. “I think that any time you kinda get settled or satisfied with what you’ve been doing, then you’re missing out on a lot of good things that you can accomplish. And I think for myself, I think you have to go back and go back to the basics. If it’s your drop, if it’s eliminating the false step, if it’s getting the ball out quicker, seeing something a lot faster, whatever it may be, that’s something that I will prepare myself [on] going into the 2011 season, to have a wonderful season.”

So that’s McNabb’s point of view. Which means that what’s next is for all that behind-the-scenes stuff to play out. “I think for Fletcher Smith as well as Bruce and Mike,” McNabb explained, “they’ll get a chance to sit down and iron some things out and after the evaluation — they’ve been evaluating the last couple of weeks — we’ll hear what their answer is of what we’re doing next and then we’ll go from there.”

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