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QB Donovan McNabb

On whether they will try to build on last Sunday's victory: "We are definitely going to try to feed off that. I think the attitude has to be somewhat of the same as it was last week, the way that we approach, the way that we prepare. Going in, obviously with Thanksgiving and things of that (nature) happening this week, we have to continue to stay on course and that's just focusing on our job and making sure that we understand what we are seeing out there and be able to react, and things should take care of itself."

On whether there was a quarterback earlier in his career who talked to him on the field after a game the way he talked to Bears QB Jay Cutler after Sunday's game: "I remember playing guys like Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, having a chance to talk to Steve Young and Warren Moon and those guys throughout an offseason, questions that I had or just when they had an opportunity to watch me play, things that I can add into my memory bank of focusing in on throughout the season or how to prepare, how to make sure that everybody in the locker room understands their role and what they have to do. I think it's just something that is passed on. Not everybody takes on that role. It's something that I feel being in the league for 11 years, that it's kind of my position to do, and I take pride in that."

On today being his 33rd birthday and whether he feels like a young 33-year old or an old 33-year old: "I feel great. One thing about being here, you kind of can be at ease. When you look at our locker room you'll see guys who were in high school when you've been playing in the league and guys who played with you on PlayStation or Xbox or whatever it may be, it kind of keeps you young. 33 years old, I still feel great and a lot more years to go."

On whether setting the record for the most games played by an Eagles quarterback means anything to him or whether he is just focused on this season: "That's something that you look at when it's all said and done. At this particular point it's just focusing in on what we have to do in order to win ball games and try to bring a championship home. I've always said that when you decide to lace up your shoes or you're no longer where you're at, it's your legacy of how you want to be remembered and it's just kind of writing new chapters to the book. It's good company, Ron Jaworski is a great guy, a great friend, a guy that I talk to sort of on a regular basis. That would be an honor to surpass him, but we have a lot more games ahead of us and some things that we have to get accomplished."

On whether he envisioned T Winston Justice ever getting a contract extension: "(Jokingly) Yes and no. I was up there working the numbers with (president) Joe (Banner). (Seriously) I think it's well deserved. (He's) a guy who has battled through some tough times and has continued to stay strong and work hard. His work ethic is bar none, one of the top, and the way that he approached this season, what you are seeing out on the field, I knew that it would happen. I'm so happy for him, and he's going to continue to work and he's going to continue to get better and better as the years continue on."

On facing teams with second-tier pass rushers and whether there is any theory as to why those guys have been able to get to him as opposed to the teams with top pass rushers: "Not necessarily. It's really based on what we are trying to do at that particular time. Some guys come free or they bring a blitz that we just don't focus in on and the guy comes through a gap. I think our guys have really done a great job as far as the way they have been rotating and guys have just been asked to do different things. You just try to give them an opportunity by trying to get the ball out to the guys who are en route, catch the ball, make guys miss, and pick up big yards. I think our o-line has done a fairly decent job. We've had games where things just didn't go as well as we wanted to due to communication or whatever, but I think overall our guys have done a pretty decent job."

On what his mindset is on taking sacks: "You want to be smart with the ball. When you are getting pressure you just don't want to force a ball to the middle of the field, don't want to force the ball to a receiver just to get the ball out because that's when it becomes an interception or something happens. Sometimes you have to take the sack and go to the next play. Sometimes you just get the ball out of your hands, throw it out of bounds if you can. That's something I've been trying to do and sometimes maybe I can get it out a little bit quicker, but again, you have to be smart with it."

On how his ribs feel and whether he is still wearing the flak jacket: "The ribs are fine, and I will still be wearing the jacket, yes."

On whether he thinks he will be wearing the flak jacket for the rest of the year: "Most likely, yes."

On whether he ever reflects on everything he's been through here or whether he is focused on the next practice, the next day, the next game: "I'm just focused on the next day of practice, the next game. Again, that's something you look (back) on when it's over, when you're no longer in the position. It has been a great run. There have been some great years with great guys that I've played with. We have some great guys here in this locker room that are young, that hopefully I will be a part of when they continue to develop as well. My main focus is just kind of what I need to do in order to get these guys going and hopefully propel this second part of the season in the direction we want to go."

On how this year has been different compared to past years: "It's the youth and it's the challenge with the guys that we have of making sure that everybody is on the same page. Early on there were some spurts and there were some times we obviously would love to have back. But with the guys, the faces that we have in the huddle, faces that we have in the locker room, walking in and out during meetings or whatever it may be, the challenge of just kind of providing that confidence for them on the sideline during games when things don't go as well, just making sure that we communicate all throughout the meetings, throughout practice, throughout the games and just making sure that guys are playing at a high level. That's part of the exciting part about this season of just kind of how far we can really go if we all just play a perfect game."

On what he thinks the biggest reason is for why WR DeSean Jackson hasn't caught the ball in the red zone much this year despite having seven long touchdown receptions: "You talk about some of the things in the open field where he's very effective and in the red zone you would love to find ways to get him involved but that's what your bigger guys, your Brent Celeks, your Jason Avants, your Maclins, that's when they kind of step up. Then your running game with the Weavers and the McCoys. Not to say that we're not trying to get him involved. Teams have obviously barred down to try and stop him from getting in the end zone at that particular time. We spread the ball around so much on our offense that sometimes it's his call, sometimes it's not. The most important thing is about getting in the end zone no matter who does it."

On how different of a player he is than when he first got to Philadelphia: "You're a little wiser, you understand that game a lot more and things you can and cannot do. I say that in a sense not just due to age but I say that protecting the ball, also reading your keys and kind of understanding where guys are going to be, anticipating throws maybe. You recognize the defense, get into another play which would be better for the offense. I think it's a lot more involved than that but the whole deal about it is when you get older you start to see players who get to mature in a way where in the offense they can do a lot more different things and then all of a sudden ideas pop into your mind and you and the coordinator are talking about different things on the sideline and you get out on the field, and then all of a sudden the offense looks very effective."

On whether he's learned a lot playing under three different coordinators: "I've been able to do that pretty much since year three, year four. When you talk about going from Rod Dowhower to Brad Childress and Marty Mornhinweg, three different coordinators where you have to build a relationship. With Rod being here early on throughout my career, I was just kind of getting comfortable with the offense and learning what we had to do with my different keys and things of that nature. With Brad, because Brad was a quarterback coach first and then moved to coordinator, we had a pretty decent relationship where we could throw some ideas off each other. With Marty, obviously coming in and me having about five or six years under my belt or seven years, whatever it may be, he understood that I had been in the offense and I see different things happening and we would talk about it on the sidelines or during practice."

On head coach Andy Reid saying that McNabb is a future Hall of Famer and whether he thinks he is a Hall of Famer: "I'm a football player just playing football. If that was to happen and happened, that's great. If not, I think everything that I've been able to accomplish and look to accomplish in the next few years, that's something that you can't take away. You can't take away the body of work of any individual who's played in any sport. Everybody looks and focuses so much on numbers, they can take whatever opinion they want from it. I know one guy that should be in the Hall of Fame who's not and that's Harold Carmichael. There is a lot more to go into making the Hall of Fame than just one person saying, 'He should be (in the) Hall of Fame.' "

On whether he thinks a quarterback needs to win a Super Bowl to be in the Hall of Fame: "I don't think with any player you have to win the Super Bowl or World Championship to make it into the Hall of Fame. Again, it goes back to your body of work and how effective you were for your team and how much of a threat you were playing against other teams, how teams gameplanned and tried to stop you, how teams feared the talents that you presented to them. I think there is a lot that goes into it. Dan Marino and a bunch of other players, I think Fran Tarkenton didn't win a Super Bowl, but they are still Hall of Famers. It's the things that you were able to do out on the field and so much of a threat that you were when you were out there to impose on the defense that really speaks volumes."

On whether he thinks that he has room to grow or whether he focuses on executing at this point in his career: "It's a growing process playing this position. I should say many quarterbacks that have played it would not have been able to last for a while and there is a lot that goes into that. It obviously is the players that you have around you, the offense that you are in, the (comfort) that you are in the position in being able to make plays and win ball games because when it comes down to it, no matter what your numbers are or what you've been able to do, if you can't win ball games you're not going to play the position for a long time. It's about winning ball games and we've been able to win a lot of games here at this organization and look forward to doing more in the next few years. But, I think when you get older you mature a little bit more in knowing the game and you're able to do a lot more and make right decisions."

On how much it's helped him to be able to stay here for all 11 years of his career: "I think it's helped in so many ways. It's kind of hard to explain at times because you watch some guys who go from one team to the next and things aren't as crisp or things don't go as well as they did back when you were with the other team, and then you find them going to another team and maybe having some success. You can look at (Cardinals QB) Kurt Warner for that example. Going to New York everybody thought he was washed up and done, he ends up going to Arizona and all of a sudden they are one of the premier offenses in the league. At 38, 39 years old (he) still looks great, so sometimes it works out in your favor, sometimes it doesn't."

On whether he sees himself playing somewhere at 38 or 39 years old: "(If at) 38, 39 years old if I'm still playing I would love for it to be here, if I'm still playing. But, I wouldn't see myself being anywhere but here in Philadelphia. I love it here, and I think we can do some great things here.

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