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Donovan McNabb expects to be cheered in Philly

Quarterback Donovan McNabb expects to receive a mostly warm reception Sunday from fans in Philadelphia when he faces his former team for the first time, he said in a radio interview Tuesday.

"Honestly, I think that I would be cheered. More cheered than booed," McNabb said during "The Donovan McNabb Show" on ESPN 980. "No matter what the situation is right now, that I'm with a different team and obviously it's kind of a rival, and it wasn't by my choice.

"But the whole deal about it was 11 years. It was a successful 11 years. And you had a lot of great times, a lot of great moments [and] a lot of exciting plays. Obviously, some down times, but you have that in the NFL. But there's more exciting things that happened in 11 years."

In the most surprising move of the NFL offseason, the Eagles on Easter traded McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, to the Redskins, one of their NFC East rivals. Teams rarely trade within their own division, and McNabb is among the game's highest-profile quarterbacks, making the move even more unusual.

Although McNabb has played down any added personal significance about the game, he acknowledged that he understands the increased interest in the matchup around the league, especially in the Washington and Philadelphia areas.

"It's a story," McNabb said. "It gives everyone an opportunity to really focus in on the 11 years that I spent in Philadelphia. ... I can understand why people would be kind of digging into it and trying to create such a big story about it."

The Eagles lead the division and the Redskins have dropped their last two games. "In this situation, obviously, this is a game in which the Washington Redskins need to win," McNabb said. "This is a must-win situation for us. I think that's the way that we're going to approach it all week."

By Jason Reid  | September 28, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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First.

And last.

Beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | September 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Poll on philly.com yesterday had 80% saying they were planning on cheering for McNabb during intro's...that number will likely drop significantly after 6 hours of tailgating.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 28, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fbelton | September 28, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The cheering will likely begin after the Iggles take a commanding lead in the first quarter.

I hate to be so negative, but I see no light at the end of this tunnel right now.

Hope I'm wrong, but looking at the schedule, I can't find a win. In Detroit? Jacksonville?

Ugh, I use to wish for meaningful games in December for the Redskins. Now, I may need to hope for meaningful games after Halloween.

Posted by: zgg0300 | September 28, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zgg0300 | September 28, 2010 2:05 PM |

Its already over.

This weekend will be nail in the coffin.

If we somehow manage to screw up and win, it will just keep our false hopes alive a little longer.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 28, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone will be cheering for a player on our team because it has been years since the fans of the Redskins have had any reason to cheer.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | September 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Its already over.

This weekend will be nail in the coffin.

If we somehow manage to screw up and win, it will just keep our false hopes alive a little longer.

Posted by: Rypien11

We are used to false hopes as redskins fans, however this does not mean that history will repeat itself. If we go 8-8 this year the effort was a success; if we do significantly better then it will be a miracle. We've got so many kinks to work out, especially on defense, that we can only expect improvement.

This 3-4 scheme has to be mitigated with more 4-3 sets, which I believe is something we will start to see soon. If we find the right combination of packages and sets then we can become competitive, but until then, we will see more of the same.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

did Donovan bump his head? does he not realize this is Philly? the city that snowballed Santa, the town that Cheered when Michael Irvin laid motionless on the field, birthplace of the bounty hunter bowl, land of the flying D cell batteries? they booed when you were drafted Mc5. the only thing you should expect from there is a hard fought close game and maybe a cheesesteak on your way out of town

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 28, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

did Donovan bump his head? does he not realize this is Philly? the city that snowballed Santa, the town that Cheered when Michael Irvin laid motionless on the field, birthplace of the bounty hunter bowl, land of the flying D cell batteries? they booed when you were drafted Mc5. the only thing you should expect from there is a hard fought close game and maybe a cheesesteak on your way out of town

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 28, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

i can't take responsibility for the double post as i know i hit the button only once. still i took apart my computer and rewired it now all i see is 10-6

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I think given the walk-through of Vick's performance against Jacksonville, we have to see him as the 'hot' quarterback rather than some new version of the old Mike. He's still got a bunch of flaws that he deals with on a game-by-game basis. So far, he's come out ahead -- way ahead. Andy Reid is enough of a football coach to recognize when he has a player for whom the breaks are currently falling. That's why he's playing Vick over Kolb. Not because he thinks Michael is a long-term solution, or even that he believes the elevated play will last out the season.

How's the saying go? It's great to be good, but even better to be lucky.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 28, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

No contract extension for McNabb yet. If they don't hammer on out, that might be the worst trade I've ever seen. I thought they traded for him with the hopes he would play 4 or 5 years. We're in deep doo-doo, long term, if they lose him AND those picks.

Posted by: hand_of_doom | September 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to co-sign hand_of_baby oil's post. I don't believe McNabb wants to play here Washington anymore.

So we'll just add his name to a long list of guys who came, saw, and moved on, leaving draft picks for some other team in their wake.

Man the needs are piling up.

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll be in Philly this weekend... with my pink DM5 Vikings jersey on.

Posted by: Vic1 | September 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

don't see washington winning this game alot has to happen for them to win. with all the bums, and end of the line players washington has signed over the years by way of sir-RATTO and snyd-ly whiplash snyder they really blew it on m. vick they would have been able to keep the 2nd round pick this year and the offense would be more dangerous even though washington does not have the weapons eagles have shanahan will keep trotting out at WR galloway, r. young, armstrong 2 catches between all of them for 17yds 0 td's don't be surprised if he sits t. williams out and starts heyer again because he is good at practice just like rabach.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 28, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

They will be cheering because he is gone and they have the better QB!

Posted by: sbf845 | September 29, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

They will be cheering because he is gone and they have the better QB!

Posted by: sbf845 | September 29, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

He's not living in reality...Philly fans are going to boo him the whole game! They're Philly fans, they booed Santa Claus and cheered when Michael Irvin almost broke his neck. They are without any shred of class...

Posted by: Burg_gold_blood | September 29, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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