Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Donovan McNabb news conference

This comes from the Eagles.

Donovan McNabb Press Conference

On whether he and WR Terrell Owens have had a chance to talk about the meaning of a hypocrite:
“No, we haven’t. I’m not looking forward to that either.”

On whether he thinks T.O. owes him an apology:
“I’m just playing football, that’s all.”

On him and T.O. bantering back an forth at practice:
“Practice went well, practice went well. We were able to execute in the passing game and the running game. Guys made some plays out there and just a pretty good feeling out there.”

On whether this whole thing is over:
“It has been over for me. It’s just the preseason has started. Now it is time to play football.”

On whether he senses tension in the locker room:
“No. I have the sense that there is a lot of humor in the locker room. Guys are relaxing, just excited about the preseason starting up, finally get a chance to get out on the field versus someone else, work on all key points of points of being a good team and just anticipating the next opportunity to get on the field.”

On whether anything is different with T.O. this week:
“I don’t sense anything as far as getting out there on that football field and working and that is the thing that I look it. I think he works hard out there on the field; we were able to make some big plays. All of the other guys made some big catches out at practice versus our defense. It’s just a good thing going on right now.”

On whether he is happy T.O. is back:
“I am happy all of our guys are back. Once [DT] Corey Simon gets back, the whole unit will be formed and we can start this thing up.”

On whether he thinks there is any awkwardness standing in the huddle with T.O. since he was openly critical:
“No. If you are openly critical or you just kind of criticize on your own, or criticize someone with your friends, it doesn’t matter. You are still criticizing. When we are on that football field, we are here to work; we are here to do a job. Anything other than that, I can’t help you out.”

On whether he thinks this whole situation has forced players in the locker room to take sides:
“I don’t think so. I think this whole issue has made us stronger. I think this whole issue has made people realize a lot of different things, a lot of key points. If guys take sides, I couldn’t really speak for them on that. But, I know one thing; guys are taking the side of giving all that they have, effort, giving all that they have as far as work ethic is concerned to go out and win games.”

On how this issue has made the team stronger:
“I think for a lot of us, obviously the anticipation of this year before things started up. Guys realize the things that we may be faced with and I don’t think this is something that we prepared ourselves for. But, I think guys realize that any little thing could try to break up a good relationship and that is something that has made us closer to erase that, focus in on what we have to do and go out and kind of quiet the critics.”

On whether he finds it hard to believe that he is still talking about this issue:
“No. It seems like every time I change the channel there is something on about the Eagles or me or T.O. or whoever. But, again, it is quite humorous to me. I didn’t think the preseason would draw so much attention, especially coming into work.”

On whether the media circus frustrates him:
“Again, I am just excited about finally getting a part in Days of Our Lives, not that I was a real big fan of the soap operas back in the day. But, it’s a good part, it’s special. Tell my kids about it.”

On whether he has any uneasiness that T.O. will explode again:
“Again, I don’t even focus on that and really that is none of my concern. But, I know when I’m on that football field I am concerned about all 11 players, including myself, and of us making the right things.”

On whether he thinks there will come a point that he will need to communicate with T.O. on the field:
“I think it’s going to happen. I look forward to it happening. But, again, when we get to that situation, then that’s when we will handle it. I think what we are doing right now is easing into everything and just going out and working, trying to answer some of the questions one of us may have and then be able to work in the confines of our own football field.”

On whether he is aware that FS Brian Dawkins and LB Jeremiah Trotter are being portrayed as the peacemakers:
“It’s funny how you watch on TV and it seems like everybody knows more than you do. Trot and Dawk are my roommates, so for everybody to be talking about what Trot and Dawk are doing, for me to be the roommate, I would at least get a chance to know that first. And we’ve talked and there is a lot of stuff that is out there that no one has even talked about.”

On why he chooses to be amused rather than angry:
“I choose to be amused because I have a job to do and I won’t let one person or one thing take me away from one of my goals and my goal is to win the Super Bowl. In order for me to do that, I have to make sure that I am clicking on all cylinders, make sure I am focused on the task at hand, and make sure that I can get all 11 guys in the right positions. So, I can’t focus on what people are saying on the outside or take time out of a series or take time out of practice to dwell on what’s been negative in the past couple of days. Again, I find everything humorous because in everything that you hear or do, it’s something that you learn from. People may say, ‘you handled it a little bit differently,’ everyone handles it a little different. Some people get a little upset, some people get quiet; I kind of do everything. But, again, I realize what my job is and that all other 52 players, or however many players we got now, kind of respect the fact that I handle it that way and that is the way I am going to continue to handle it.”

On whether he thinks he and T.O. can comfortably sit in the same room and talk about football:
“I would be able to sit right next to him.”

On whether he has put faith in head coach Andy Reid in that he wouldn’t send T.O. back out on the field unless it was going to work:
“He’s still a part of this team, gentlemen and ladies. Understand that he is our teammate and for whatever happened last week and whatever happened while we were preparing for Pittsburgh, we knew that he was coming back to be a part of this team. He is still under contract here, he still has his locker in our locker room, he still wears his jersey. When he came back, he was coming back to be a part of this team. So, when he came out to practice it wasn’t like I wasn’t looking to throw him a pass or trying to set a statement. When I am out there on that football field, if you are open, you get the ball. I’m going through my reading, going through my progressions, and doing what I have to do in order for this team to be successful.”

On whether he thinks T.O. will be here this whole season:
“I think so. I think by midseason, you guys will be talking about something positive, when this team is rolling.”

On how the young receivers are handling everything:
“They are doing great, thanks.”


At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim: Do you think the media (youself included I guess) has gone a little overboard with the coverage of TO? McNabb seems to be saying as much in this press conference... As a fan, I can't see how all of these articles and TV reports on TO helps the team. It's an obsession for the media!!!

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Jim Jenks said...

Ah, the great debate. Have we gone overboard? Not any more than the fans that are eating it up. T.O. means increase TV and radio ratings and increased newspaper sales. If he didn't generate increased ratings, we would not give it any more than anything else. The Eagles are already the biggest draw to our paper and when you add a personality like T.O. you are increasing that draw. Same with Donovan.

Understand that it is not the newspaper's responsibilty to help or hurt the team. Instead only to report what is going on and for the columnists to have an opinion on it. We are serving you, the reader. You may think we are giving too much, and I may think we are giving too much, but there is a mass audience that is not getting enough.

All that being said, I hope we can get back to reporting football. Even good stories get old.


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