Philadelphia Eagles News

QB Donovan McNabb

On how tough the turnaround is during this short week: "It's tough on your body. I think, mentally, you have to understand that you have to have a short-term memory. (Tuesday), I don't know if guys came in to reflect on the game, but I think that was the time to do that. Come in to watch the film and be able to correct your mistakes. And, come out this week ready to erase those and put those behind you and focus in on, obviously, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It could take a toll on your body, if you don't take care of your body."

On how he feels after the physical game at Dallas: "I think all of us are a little sore. That's supposed to happen in this game. It doesn't get any easier this week either. Just go through the right things to do, take care of your body and we'll take care of Sunday."

On whether tough losses give him more of a desire to get back out on the field in the next game: "Yes, it definitely puts that desire to get back out on the field in you. You look forward to that opportunity to step back out and erase what happened last week. We know that the game is on Sunday; the game's not tomorrow. You have to be able to pace yourself throughout this week, and when Sunday comes about, know exactly about the team that you're facing and be prepared and go out and just play football."

On how he thinks he played at Dallas: "We didn't win. There were some positive things in that game, but, when it comes down to it, we just didn't win. I don't think anyone would say that they played great, because we didn't play good enough to win the game. You know, it's time to put that behind you and change the outcome this week."

On whether it upsets him that the fumbled handoff late in the game is being talked about despite all the good plays the Eagles made: "Not at all. That's over. I've handed off the ball more than enough times. We got that done. It's unfortunate that it happened. It happens and there's nothing we can do about it. It would be tough if people just had to sit back on the handoff and try to criticize me for it, but maybe I hand the ball off 50 or 60 times on Sunday and people can erase it. I've put it behind me and I'm getting ready to move on."

On whether he puts things behind him easier now, as a vet, than he did as a rookie: "No, that's always been my mentality. You have to have a short-term memory in this game. You may play great one game, and then the next week you may not play as good. Put everything behind you, focus on your next opponent and try to play better next week."

On whether he sees a correlation between the team scoring fewer points in the second half against Dallas and RG Shawn Andrews being out with a back injury: "I don't think it's that much of a difference. (G) Max (Jean-Gilles) has played throughout the preseason with us. Max went through training camp with us. Shawn came back and played well the first game and it's unfortunate that he got hurt - I hope he'll be fine - but we have the same confidence in Max. You have to tip your hat off to them, and credit to the Dallas Cowboys for the way they played the second half. They made some plays and put their offense in a position to come back and win the game. We have to do a better job."

On whether he was more conservative with his passes at Dallas than he was against the Rams: "Not necessarily. I did the same thing in the Cowboys game. I think, in the second half towards the end of the game, they started dropping eight because we were passing very effectively on them. They were rushing three, maybe rushing four, and dropping guys. When you do that, and you do it effectively, that stops defenses from blitzing; to just sit back in the zone, to sit back underneath routes, where I had to buy a little time. They did a wonderful job in the last two or three minutes of the game of just dropping guys underneath routes. There probably could have been opportunities for me to pick up some yards, but you just tip your hat off to them; they did a good job."

On watching tape of Pittsburgh's defense and what has stood out to him so far: "They play fast. They play fast and that's always been their M.O.. They have big nose guards, and everyone else is just quick. Their outside linebackers are quick. Their inside linebackers are quick. I think they play a scheme where they're not asking their corners to do much, just to stay in the zones, help out in the run game and be disruptive in the pass. (Defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau has come up with a lot of different schemes that could disrupt a lot of different things on offense; we just have to have the answer for it."

On whether it helps to play teams with 3-4 defenses two weeks in a row: "It does. Their schemes are somewhat similar, but Pittsburgh may do a lot more exotic blitzes and we have to be ready for those. We've seen a lot of them over the last couple of years; throughout the preseason and watching film of the games that they've played. Again, it's important for us to be able to spread it around and open up some lanes for (RB Brian) Westbrook to run in."

On whether the Pittsburgh tape has shown some exotic blitzes that he has never seen before: "No. I would say that we've seen everything that they've done. We've seen the majority of things that they've done and do consistently. Again, we have to know what's coming and be able to answer it when it does."

On how much of a difference having WR Reggie Brown back on the field would have if he plays vs. Pittsburgh: "I think he can make a big difference. Reggie is one of our top receivers. He had a great training camp and it was unfortunate what happened to him in the preseason, but he's worked extremely hard to get himself back. And I think, for us, it's a bonus, because our receivers have been playing well. To get more guys back that can contribute will be big for us. Reggie knows the philosophy in which we try to go out and (play) and he knows how we approach. I think it will help in a major way."

On how he thinks WR DeSean Jackson reacted to his dropped TD: "He was upset. He was upset. I mean, for your first touchdown, that's not how you want to be remembered. It was a rookie mistake, and I've always said every time I've been asked, you have to remember that he's a rookie. I don't expect that to happen again, and I'm pretty sure he won't. It was a great play, overall. It was a great play, overall, and we, hopefully, look for more plays like that to happen."

On how much he thinks about records, like the Eagles all-time touchdown passes record he is currently tied for: "Not at all. I'm all about wins and losses - and more wins than losses. That's the most important thing. Stats are great; I think that's for people who just sit around and try to compare guys of different positions by their stats. In this game, it's about wins and losses and that's the only thing that I care about."

On whether he thinks the record could put his career in perspective for some of his critics: "I don't know, you tell me. It's really nothing that I look at. I think that's something for people that retire and get away from the game and they're talking to relatives and they're talking about how they played back when, that they can pull up their stats. At this point, that's nothing that I look at."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Advertising