McNabb, Eagles taking flight
Q: Can you sense that you are on a roll now as a team? McNabb: It is nothing that obviously that we pay any attention to. We just continue to stay focused on what we need to do week-by-week. We know that it will be a task ahead of us this week. Playing a tough San Francisco team, we look past the record, we look at the athletes on the team and what they are capable of, and we know it will be a challenge for us versus this team. Q: Were you inspired by the (Rush) Limbaugh comments? McNabb: It has been so long ago that I don't remember it, but I have put that behind me and continued to stay focused on what I needed to do in order for me to be the leader that all my teammates expect. I have to make sure that I get everyone involved, and in doing that, get better week by week. Q: Has this season presented the most adversity that you've had to overcome? McNabb: Well we just continue to stay positive. The adversity that we were faced with was nationwide and everyone knew about it. It was from the 0-2 start to the Limbaugh deal to people saying that our offense was terrible to we couldn't stop the run. It has been continuous throughout the year, but we have put that all behind us, continued to stay positive and focused on what we need to do, continued to put one foot in front of the other, and if we stay patient, things will work out for itself. Q: How much of the slow start was due to your thumb and/or bad play? McNabb: I don't make any excuses of why I was playing bad or why the team just couldn't get rolling and why we weren't doing things consistently. I just wasn't playing well. There were things added into that, but the end result of the whole deal is that I just wasn't playing well. People look at the stats and they come up with their own assumptions, but things have changed obviously. We are getting healthy, guys are getting out there, kicking the rust off and getting the rust off and getting their timing back. So, we are right where we want to be. Q: What is it like to play in that new stadium and how important is it to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs? McNabb: With the task at hand with getting home-field advantage and the situation that is in front of us, it is a beautiful thing to represent things here at your home stadium. But we have to focus on playing the San Francisco 49ers, and hopefully if we continue to stay focused and get better as the weeks continue on, things will pan out for itself. Q: How do you guys manage without a go-to receiver and not one back who is better than the other three backs? McNabb: It is not all about getting the ball to one particular guy. I think when you get into that situation, then teams began doubling that guy, and if the other guy is not prepared or if you are not used to throwing to him, then you are going to have problems. I think we spread the ball around well enough that defenses have to pay attention to our offense and not just one particular guy. Things have rolled well for us, as far as getting everyone involved, making sure that we are doing the right thing, and in that retrospect, that is just a tribute to Andy Reid's approach. Q: Do you think that a team is better off not to have that one standout guy because that type of player kind of forces that offense to go in one particular way? McNabb: That is tough to say. I would prefer being in an offense where you give the quarterback options to read over the defense and take what the defense gives you, where you are not just throwing it to one guy and where you are reading it out. That is something that we have been doing and what we have been doing for the past couple of years, so I prefer to go out there and spread the ball around. It excites me. Q: Would you like to see a Terrell Owens on the Eagles next year? McNabb: That would be great. I think he would like that as well as I would. Free agency is tough. You kind of visualize this guy on your team and then another team steps up to make the decision. It is going to be tough this off season." Q: Terrell Owens has had some supportive words of you, do you know him well? McNabb: We hang out every off day. He flies out here every Tuesday. (Joking). We have talked a couple of times, and it will be a good thing. Not to take anything away from our guys here because our guys have done a wonderful job as well, it is just something that players go through at the end of their contracts. Q: How are the three running backs able to buy into sharing the load the way that they do? McNabb: Well, they do not have any ego problems; they are unselfish guys that want nothing but the best for the team. The thing that we all focus on over here is winning. It is not about the stats with all the running backs and athletes that we have on this team. They have an opportunity to get the ball in their hands so that they can make things happen and they have done great things with that. Q: How much contact have you had with former 49ers offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and what has he meant to you and the coaching staff there? McNabb: He has meant a lot to us. He has done wonders for us on the offensive side. He works with the quarterbacks and all the rest of the guys on the offense. But just his experience of coaching Hall of Famers and being around great quarterbacks has definitely helped myself, as well the rest of the quarterbacks, in so many ways.
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