Donovan McNabb's PTI appearance
Donovan McNabb went on PTI Tuesday afternoon, and taught Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser the same lesson he's been teaching the rest of the D.C. media for more than a week: He's not yet ready to lash out at Philadelphia, at the Eagles or at their fans. Whether he gets there eventually, who knows, but he's been handed dozens of chances to say he was done wrong by that city, and he keeps declining.
Kornheiser's opening question, in fact, was whether McNabb hoped to haunt the Eagles organization throughout the rest of his career.
"I don't look at it as haunting them," McNabb said, although that would make for an excellent Scooby Doo episode. "I look at is an opportunity for me to try to move into another organization, try to turn that organization around and have positive thoughts of obviously having more wins than usual and getting this thing back on track."
Even on as simple a question as whether he'll be booed or cheered during his return -- and I can't imagine that's in doubt -- McNabb declined to say anything rude about his former city. See video below.
"Well, I hope I'll be cheered," he said, as all of Philadelphia laughed uproariously in unison. "I think that the things that I've been able to accomplish kind of overweighs the feelings that some may have had. I think a lot of times people focus so much on the low percentage of people who call into radio stations to vent, to feel like they need to get something off their chest. Or people who want to write articles about how their neighbor is feeling, or [that] somebody in the local gym sitting in the sauna wanted to express to them
"But I've been able to accomplish a lot, individually as well as [with the] team. You can't take away the 11 years, the 65 percent win percentage that we put up, the five NFC championship [games], the one Super Bowl appearance, -- although we didn't win the big game and I apologize to the fans for that. But I gave them all that I had, and that was every week. And now I've moved on, and I believe they should too."
Well, good luck with that. Previously Wilbon had asked McNabb about the drama of his years in Philly, and the reaction to the trade from his friends and former teammates.
"Well you know what, people still kind of question why I had to go through that all throughout my career," McNabb said. "And again, I didn't really focus on that then, and I'm definitely not focusing on it now. My main focus is based around what we're doing here in Washington. I'm excited to be here, looking forward to wearing the burgundy and white and gold, and just getting guys on their feet. And when the offense is out, you just don't know what you're gonna see. And I know the fans here in D.C., just communicating with a lot of them in the area, they're excited as well."
At which point Kornheiser pointed out that Zorn had gone with maroon and black, and McNabb clapped in amusement. In truth, burgundy and white and gold isn't exactly how we usually put it. But McNabb showed that he's picking up the local tradition when Kornheiser brought up history, pointing out that he's been in D.C. for 30 years.
"This is the most stunning single trade that I've seen in those 30 years," Kornheiser said, asking McNabb why he would be traded within the division.
"I don't think we'll ever find the answer until probably we're all said and done and retired," McNabb said. "But Sonny Jurgensen is a guy who obviously kind of set the tone for me of being traded from Philly here to Washington, so I'm just following suit. And hopefully I can follow suit just like he did by winning and holding that prize up and bringing more excitement here to the D.C. area."
The only other questioned concerned working with Mike Shanahan; McNabb brought up the success of Jay Cutler, and the success of John Elway.
"You go back to when [Elway] played, his career pretty much being very similar to mine," McNabb said, "making it to conference titles and he making it a little further to Super Bowls but not winning it. And people saying that he's not able to do it, and he's not able to win the big game, thinking that maybe we should draft a young guy.....
"He brought a different philosophy to John Elway, and that's the philosophy that's obviously running the ball, setting up play action, playing to his strengths, and letting the defense do their thing. And I think that's why we have over here in Washington. Everyone's kind of getting accustomed to a system, and it's gonna be something that's gonna I think open up eyes across the league."
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