Behind Enemy Lines: Donovan McNabb

The Eagles quarterback talked about his season with the Redskins' media.

Q: How did you guys overcome the bad start?

A: At 0-2, there was no reason for panic. The thing that really stuck out in our mind is that we've stayed unified and we gave each other support.

Q: Is it easier to do that because you have been to the playoffs three years in a row?

A: It depends on the leaders you have on your team. Fortunately for us we have made playoffs the last couple years. We have that experience of knowing what we have to do. It all comes from the leaders reaching out to the younger guys and let them know we're serious about our business over here.

Q: Looking back, how much did the Rush Limbaugh quotes weigh on your mind?

A: Really not at all. I heard it throughout the game fans would say something or players would say something. But it didn't bother me at all.

Q: Was all of that blown out of proportion?

A: No. It not only affcted me, it affected a lot of other people. For the way it was handled people began to realize it was an issue we thought we were long gone from. Obviously we weren't.

Q: Why has this team overcome so much adversity?

A: It's the experience of guys playing together and playing well. A lot of us have been together for five years now. We know the roles we're supposed to play and that helps us out in so many ways.

Q: Was the San Francisco game a wakeup call for you guys?

A: No. Nothing good came out of that game. We didn't need a wakeup call. We had that early in the year.

Q: How did Andy Reid handle the early season struggles?

A: He was breaking chairs, breaking tables. Just kidding. He's a calm and cool guy. When a team has been in tough situations and pulled stuff out he doesn't have to do all of that.

Q: What do you make of Bruce Smith and the sack record?

A: I'm excited for him. We've talked a couple times. I'm excited he broke the record. I know everyone was on his back about, will he be able to get it and he's getting older. You look at him and you never think he's that old. He's still off the ball quick and makes big plays for them. Saturday will be a special night for Bruce and the Redskins as well as guys who have watched him in his career.

Q: What do you think of Champ?

A: He's one of the best in the game. He's in the top five at least. No lower than that.

Q: Does he change what you want to do offensively?

A: No, we'll continue to run our offense. But you always have to know where he is on the field.

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