Donovan McNabb was on the Radio Today and, Four Years After Being Benched, Still Feels Like He was Made a Scapegoat by the Eagles
Donovan McNabb, his passive aggressiveness, and perhaps his oversized suits were a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic this afternoon. Speaking to Jon Marks and Brian Westbrook, McNabb was asked about the possibility of the Eagles benching Michael Vick in favor of Nick Foles and his beautiful, surfer hair. McNabb doesn’t think that’s a good idea, because Vick, he says, gives the Eagles a better chance to win (I agree).
Marks asked McNabb to relate the mini quarterback controversy to the time he was benched for an unproven white guy who had virtually no NFL experience and really wasn’t that talented. Predictably, McNabb went all McNabb. Sampling of quotes:
“At that time, we were 5-5-1. Obviously, I was a scapegoat in that situation. Offensively we weren’t moving the ball as well as we wanted to, at times.”
“When that situation happened, everyone understood they had to be on alert. Because they sat me, everyone else began to fall in place. On the defensive side, we weren’t creating turnovers, we weren’t getting to the quarterback as well as we needed to. So now everyone got together and understood their roles.”
“I played pissed off the rest of the year. I heard different things leading up to that. After that, I played pissed off all the way through.”
“I was pissed off at everybody.”
“There were leaks leading up into that week that you might see a little bit of Kevin Kolb, or whatever it may have been. And that only comes from in-house, only comes from upstairs. So the way that the whole situation was handled, I thought was truly unprofessional. And we talked about it after the season. I sat down with the [heads to be?] and we ironed out things for the time being.”
Poor me routine? Check. Deflect (this time to defense)? Check. Drawing inspiration from manufactured wronging? Check. Blame front office? Check. End with a passive aggressive swipe about things temporarily being ironed out but making sure people know it was only temporarily and you still have some moody rage built up inside? That’s a Former Five!
He ended the interview with this exchange with Westbrook. Because McNabb can totally still play and everything:
McNabb: “Hey, look like we can still get out there and play by the way things are looking now.”
Westbrook: “Hey we might have a chance. I still have five good plays in me.”
McNabb: “I can move the ball around. But that running? We’ll see.”
Listen to the interview here.