Donovan McNabb tells GQ how he really feels about Philadelphia, Eagles
Donovan McNabb took one last look in his rear-view mirror at Philadelphia and described what he saw to GQ:
"No one in the organization ever stepped up and said anything" about McNabb being a lightning rod for criticism since the day he joined the Eagles.
The playcalling at the end of that Super Bowl loss was slow.
He never threw up at the Super Bowl -- at least not the one in which he played.
He knows the NFL overtime rules, thank you very much.
Details after the jump ...
"We sat down and talked, and I got everything off my chest from  on," McNabb said. "It went all the way back to the [Terrell Owens] situation, it went back to us not winning big games, me being criticized for whatever, leadership. . . .
"They'll say something to you in the building, but not publicly. My feeling was, 'I'm out here getting cut up, where are you? I'm always defending and helping you guys, but where's that support?' "
When the Eagles were trailing the Patriots by 10 with 6 minutes left in Super Bowl XXIX, the playcalling seemed sluggish, particularly to Eagles fans. Philadelphia lost 24-21 and there were reports that McNabb had vomited on the field.
"We were trying to figure out if T.O. [Terrell Owens] was in or if T.O. was out, because of his leg. T.O. wanted to be in. We were trying to rotate different guys in and get the personnel together and things of that nature. The play calling was a little slow, maybe, but it made it look like we were just kind of standing around. We were hustling, it was just blown out of proportion."
And, cookies were never lost...
"No, at no point did I throw up. I got hit and dumped on my face a couple of times...we lost Todd Pinkston...we all were gassed, and there were a couple of times in the game where I got hit either by [linebacker Teddy] Bruschi or by [defensive end Richard] Seymour, I had grass in my helmet and maybe I lost my wind a little bit, but nothing to the point where I would come out of the game. People can run that game back and forth and find out that I wasn't throwing up, but I guess it's a sexy topic to talk about."
As for appearing to be unfamiliar with OT rules after a 13-13 tie with the Bengals in November 2008, McNabb said he received confusing information from an official.
"I'm like, 'Hey, we need to get this thing going, how much time is left?' " McNabb said. "I'm looking at the clock and the ref is like, 'We've got another five minutes after this quarter if no one scores.' I didn't think nothing of it, but I did hear it. It was a mistake on my part. I've got to know the rules."
McNabb, traded to the Redskins in April, admits that he and Reid were extremely close -- no surprise there.
"He stuck his neck out to draft me when he had the Mel Kipers of the world and some scouts who said, 'He's not accurate, he's going to take three, four, five years to learn a West Coast offense.' Our relationship is so strong that I can finish his sentences sometimes. We laugh about it. When I'm out on the field, if he calls a play and I can't hear it, I'd look back and mouth 'What is it?' and he'd just say, 'Just call something.' I'd go out there and probably get a first down or we score or whatever, and he'd say, 'Why don't you just call the whole game?' and I would say, 'I've been waiting on that.' "
August 24, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
Categories: Donovan McNabb , NFL , Redskins
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