As Philadelphia prepares for the World Series, Donovan McNabb likened himself to a baseball player when dissecting his performance in the Eagles' 27-17 win over the Washington Redskins.
"Yeah, definitely," McNabb said, when asked if some of his mechanics were off on a few missed throws against the Redskins. "If it's footwork or you just look like you're aiming. The same goes for a pitcher, if you're off key with the target, you ask for the lower corner and you hit him up high. It could be footwork or release, and that's something that I've watched over the last game of just ways of trying to correct those. I look forward to getting out and showing what I was studying this week."
But McNabb has a good indication in his mind of what's causing the misfires.
"Rushing throws," he said. "Trying to rush them, trying to get the ball out quick to give them an opportunity to get up the field, make the guy miss, or whatever it might be instead of just giving it to them."
McNabb was 15-25 for 156 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on Monday night. He said the key to correcting his mechanical issues is a good week of practice.
"You spend time after practice or in practice," he said. "You throw it like you would throw it in a game and have the receiver react to it. I think that anytime you get to footwork or not aiming or trying to place it in a perfect spot, that's when there's not too perfect, so just go out and let it go."
While McNabb refused to blame his return from a fractured rib as a reason for the miscues, he said he's not fully healthy.
"I won't be 100 percent for a while," said McNabb, who will continue to wear a protective flak jacket.
McNabb also spoke about the relative disappearance of Jason Avant from the passing attack in the past two games. Avant, traditionally one of McNabb's go-to guys, especially on third down, has zero catches in the past two games.
"Teams have truly focused on Jason because everyone knows (I like throwing to him)," McNabb said. "A lot of times I've thrown the ball to the outside guys and have gotten the ball in their hands. Sometimes when they take away the outside guys, that's when you come back inside to Jason or (Brent) Celek or the running backs. We've kind of spread the ball around. Jason will be involved more."
With running back Brian Westbrook's status up in the air heading into the Giants' game, McNabb said his preparation and mindset don't change.
"I try to make sure that I come out ready to go and just do my job," McNabb said. "I think over the years, that's kind of one that I had to adjust to is that if one person isn't playing, to try and put more and more pressure on yourself to do more, and I think everyone has a job to do. If you do your job the way it's supposed to be done, everyone else will begin to follow."
McNabb said it may be incumbent upon rookie LeSean McCoy to play a bigger role this Sunday.
"Obviously it's a different role now for (McCoy) if Brian's not able to go," McNabb said. "For him to be in that starting role instead of just rotating series by series or every other series. You want him to just relax and just see his holes and hit it. Hit it hard, protect the ball, get away from the defender, catch the ball, make the guys miss – things that he did at Pitt, things that he did through training camp and the preseason. You want him to kind of get back to that mode, mentally, and the physical aspect will follow."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:30 p.m., October 28