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Trent Cole: McNabb not difficult to defend

By Dan Steinberg

(AP Photo - Michael Perez)


Now that all those wars of words about Donovan McNabb's last game have started to die down, it's time to move on to the next thing: wars of words about Donovan McNabb's next game. To help us along, here's Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, appearing on Sirius NFL Radio Friday morning with Adam Schein and Jim Miller.

"You've played with Donovan McNabb, you've played against Donovan McNabb; what makes him such a difficult quarterback to play against?" Cole was asked.

Time for some thoughtless pablum about McNabb's leadership and his legs and his booming arm and his smarts and all the rest, yes? No.

"Yeah, I think I'll say no, he's not that difficult a quarterback to play against," Cole said. "Because I think we should have won that game. This past game we played against them, we should have won. Like I said, I just think he's not a difficult quarterback to play against."

That was unexpected. The natural follow-up was this: Why?

"I've seen what our team can do to that team," Cole replied. "I know what we can do. We just didn't execute. He's a good quarterback -- I didn't say he was bad -- he's a good quarterback and he's done great things over time. But now, talking about now, I feel like our team can go in there and stop all that. We can go in there and win that game."

Cole used the word "revenge" at least three times in the nine-minute interview, and said Monday's meeting will have nothing to do with the stale McNabb-as-Philly-alumni storyline, and everything to do with the Redskins' win in October.

"We're going down here on a different note; we're going down here to win," Cole said. "We went down there and played around with them and you end up losing. It's revenge. I think it's a revenge win for us as well....It's all gonna be about us going in there and executing, starting strong and finishing strong, and we will win that game."

As for the previous controversy, here's Rick Reilly's ESPN.com column about John Feinstein, if you can believe that.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 12, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
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Comments

Cole got pushed around by Stephon Heyer.

I repeat, Stephon Heyer.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | November 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Great piece by Rick Reilly. An excerpt:

I've known Mike Shanahan for 30 years, since he started as an assistant on Dan Reeves' 1980 Denver Broncos team. I know some things about Shanahan that might be news to Feinstein.

Does Feinstein know that Shanahan was the guy who gave Rick Smith his first job in an NFL personnel department? Smith went on to become the league's first black GM, at Houston.

Does Feinstein remember how Shanahan campaigned to help his wide receivers coach, Karl Dorrell, become the first black head coach in UCLA's history? And that he let him leave in the middle of the Broncos' season to do it?

Does Feinstein know what Shanahan did after receiving the call telling him that Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams had been killed in a drive-by shooting? He wept. On the phone.

Wasn't it Shanahan who wanted McNabb in the first place? Convinced Dan Snyder to trade for him? Wasn't McNabb black then? Or was there something wrong with the racial coding on Shanahan's flat-screen?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately Cole is probably right, they will win. Fedex offers no home field advantage and the Eagles are a better team. That being said, I hate the Eagles and their moronic fans more than anything on this earth. I hope Vick tears both acl's.

Posted by: DCFanatic | November 12, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse


Barno1, is the circus in town ?

Posted by: hessone | November 12, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION BOG READERS

I just want to take an informal poll, since the Washington Post would never poll this question about one of their own:

After igniting this storm by saying the Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan "should be fired for using racial coding," do you believe John Feinstein should be disciplined by the Washington Post?

YES
NO

Posted by: Barno1 | November 12, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse


YES
NO
MAYBE

Posted by: Barno1 | November 12, 2010 7:14 PM |


Posted by: hessone | November 12, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Feinstein won't be disciplined by anybody because the people charged with disciplining him #1. Are afraid of being called racists themselves, and #2, Agree with Feinstein on some level.

Posted by: CapsNut | November 12, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Cole got pushed around by Stephon Heyer.

I repeat, Stephon Heyer.


Posted by: MylesMonroe | November 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BINGO!

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | November 12, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Cole got pushed around by Stephon Heyer.

I repeat, Stephon Heyer.


Posted by: MylesMonroe | November 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BINGO!

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | November 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

utterly stupid to say vick should tear both of his acl's..you may have set your own moronic self up for a accident. heyer hopefully does not have to play against cole t. williams is the starter. It is also dumb to get angry at eagles if they win the game(they are a better team) the DIC-tater has weakened the o-line with his stupidity,did NOT bring in any wr help changed from 4-3 to 3-4 without enough personnel plays favorites and yes men conjures up all kinds of LIES on player's and claims they are not precise,stupid,injured no cardiovascular etc. etc. washington is where they are because they have a bad owner, overrated coach,weak o-coordinator and dumb fans that support them no matter how low they sink.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

dcfanatic i think you definitely need to consider changing your name! how about dcpessimist!

Posted by: clwalker1906 | November 13, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

Good for Rick Reilly. FeenSteen is the worst racist there is. There'll never be another book purchase or another FeenSteen interview played in this house. If Golf Channel or CBS has this miserable racist on their air again they're worse. Creep.

Oh, and this Cole guy and HIS remarks? Hilarious. Locker room fodder. May the Skins beat the Eagles and break Vick and this guy Cole's leg in the process.

Posted by: JamesChristian | November 13, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Cole should shut up, we beat that a$% up in Philly and we will beat it again here, revenge? It will be body bag 2 .....

Posted by: BeatDontStop | November 13, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

LOL at Trent Cole. If they should have won, why didn't they? Because they didn't execute? Perhaps the Skins didn't execute either...

By saying "I've seen what our team can do to that team", does Trent Cole mean going 3-4 against the Redskins over the past three and a half seasons?

Posted by: --swb | November 13, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

+++++utterly stupid to say vick should tear both of his acl's..you may have set your own moronic self up for a accident. heyer hopefully does not have to play against cole t. williams is the starter. It is also dumb to get angry at eagles if they win the game(they are a better team) the DIC-tater has weakened the o-line with his stupidity,did NOT bring in any wr help changed from 4-3 to 3-4 without enough personnel plays favorites and yes men conjures up all kinds of LIES on player's and claims they are not precise,stupid,injured no cardiovascular etc. etc. washington is where they are because they have a bad owner, overrated coach,weak o-coordinator and dumb fans that support them no matter how low they sink.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse ++++++++++

Hey dummy, Heyer was the starter in the last game.....when Trent Cole did nothing. And by your last statement, you're one of those annoying and pathetic bandwagon fans.

"Oh man, the Saints aren't winning the Super Bowl this year, I'M A STEELERS FAN THIS SEASON!"

Pathetic, I hope you tear both of your ACLs.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | November 13, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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