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McNabb: Why use me as the scapegoat?

Is it just me, or does Donovan McNabb always have more interesting things to say to the national media than he does during his weekly press conferences in Philadelphia? Just as I was wrapping up my 10 observations, I caught McNabb's post-game interview on ESPN's SportsCenter with Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Emmitt Smith. He talked about his benching, and whether he'll be missed by Philly fans once he's gone. Here's some of what he said: Young: At the end of the day, no matter all the emotion about it [the benching], because there's going to be some, you guys are playing great. Explain that to me. Is it right, is it one-to-one to the benching? McNabb: You know what, I don't go back to the benching because I personally don't agree with the benching. I think each individual person challenged themselves to do better and I think coaches, players, everybody in the organization decided 'Ok, maybe it's me. Is it just Donovan or is it just me?' And I think what happened offensively, we decided to go back to what we know. And that was what we were doing earlier in the season, and that was trying to establish the run and also intermediate passing game, set up something big downfield instead of trying to take shots all the time. We were moving the chains, controlling time of possession and scoring points and I think that's what you've been seeing the past couple weeks. Young: Don't you think by him [Andy Reid] doing that, he was doing it kind of as a team benching, not personal? Is it just personal to you because to me, the team was not playing well on all phases. McNabb: I kind of look at it and the situation as -- why use me as the scapegoat? I mean, there's other ways of going about it. You know, if all phases aren't playing well, then you bench the quarterback, they're not going to focus on all the other players. They're just going to focus on us. Smith: I've never had the experience of being in the city of Dallas where I felt like that city did not want me as a football player on that football team. What does it feel like for you to be in this city, since Day One, you was drafted by these folk here and they did not appreciate what you bring to the football field? McNabb: Well, you know early on you use that as fire. I think at this point in my career, it's more of just going out and just having fun. I think when you play this game, and you hear criticism and then you hear people that really cheer for you, and really love the fact that you have been giving all that you have out there on the field, that's all that I strive for. Young: Do people know that you're only 32? You've got 10 more years. McNabb: What happens is, when you've been in one place for 10 years, they say they get tired of seeing you and they want something new. But until you're gone, they don't realize what they have

McNabb: Why use me as the scapegoat?

Is it just me, or does Donovan McNabb always have more interesting things to say to the national media than he does during his weekly press conferences in Philadelphia?

Just as I was wrapping up my 10 observations, I caught McNabb's post-game interview on ESPN's SportsCenter with Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Emmitt Smith. He talked about his benching, and whether he'll be missed by Philly fans once he's gone.

Here's some of what he said:

Young: At the end of the day, no matter all the emotion about it [the benching], because there's going to be some, you guys are playing great. Explain that to me. Is it right, is it one-to-one to the benching?

McNabb: You know what, I don't go back to the benching because I personally don't agree with the benching. I think each individual person challenged themselves to do better and I think coaches, players, everybody in the organization decided 'Ok, maybe it's me. Is it just Donovan or is it just me?' And I think what happened offensively, we decided to go back to what we know. And that was what we were doing earlier in the season, and that was trying to establish the run and also intermediate passing game, set up something big downfield instead of trying to take shots all the time. We were moving the chains, controlling time of possession and scoring points and I think that's what you've been seeing the past couple weeks.

Young: Don't you think by him [Andy Reid] doing that, he was doing it kind of as a team benching, not personal? Is it just personal to you because to me, the team was not playing well on all phases.

McNabb: I kind of look at it and the situation as -- why use me as the scapegoat? I mean, there's other ways of going about it. You know, if all phases aren't playing well, then you bench the quarterback, they're not going to focus on all the other players. They're just going to focus on us.

Smith: I've never had the experience of being in the city of Dallas where I felt like that city did not want me as a football player on that football team. What does it feel like for you to be in this city, since Day One, you was drafted by these folk here and they did not appreciate what you bring to the football field?

McNabb: Well, you know early on you use that as fire. I think at this point in my career, it's more of just going out and just having fun. I think when you play this game, and you hear criticism and then you hear people that really cheer for you, and really love the fact that you have been giving all that you have out there on the field, that's all that I strive for.

Young: Do people know that you're only 32? You've got 10 more years.

McNabb: What happens is, when you've been in one place for 10 years, they say they get tired of seeing you and they want something new. But until you're gone, they don't realize what they have

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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