Donovan McNabb, obviously still not that far in the rearview mirror for Eagles fans, spoke briefly today with Vai Sikahema and John Gonzalez on ESPN 97.5. Not a lot of new ground was broken, which didn't come as a surprise to anyone who followed McNabb's 11 years in Philadelphia. DMac's focus was touting his family's fight against high blood pressure; he did not want to deeply probe the wounds he suffered over the years, or the ones that might have been created by his departure.
"The things that I set out to accomplish and bring back to Philadelphia, I wasn't able to, and I apologize, more than anything, to the people of Philadelphia, not bringing a Super Bowl to 'em, but it didn't happen, and I look forward to trying to achieve that goal here in Washington," McNabb said, the most explicit regret he has expressed.
There was much attempted delving into how the Eagles went from proclaiming McNabb would be the quarterback in 2010, early this offseason, to trading him on Easter Sunday. McNabb didn't have any answers there. The shift seemed to come when the Eagles realized that Kevin Kolb was not going to sign an extension as a backup quarterback, and that they were going to have to decide whether to franchise Kolb after this season -- possibly without really knowing if he could be a fulltime starter -- or lose him to free agency. Bottom line, going into the final contract year with both McNabb and Kolb was an untenable situation for a front office that insists on having the upper hand in contract talks.
"I was hearing the same things everyone else was hearing" early in the offseason,McNabb said. "Things change. Sometimes you get an immediate answer, sometimes you don't."
McNabb added that "Andy (Reid) and I still have a great relationship." He also wished "good luck to the Eagles and everything they set out to do."
McNabb complimented Kolb several times and avoided being drawn into a discussion of Kolb's strengths and weaknesses vs. McNabb's. He was not asked about wideout DeSean Jackson's interview last week, in which Jackson said he thought the Eagles would be fine with Kolb; McNabb was quoted then as taking exception.
"I wish nothing but the best for (Kolb)," McNabb said. "I know he's excited about it, and good things can happen for him."
Asked about his legacy, the Eagles' all-time leading passer reiterated what he said at his introductory press conference in Washington, five weeks back. He said he hoped he would be remembered as "a guy who provided excitement, who gave them a chance to win every time he stepped out on the field, one that they had trust, knowing that I would do the right things, an most importantly, one that won ballgames."