NFL Nation got its first look at Donovan McNabb, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, during an introductory news conference Tuesday. The NFL newsroom in Los Angeles was in a state of silence (for once) listening to a calm and comfortable McNabb take questions.
It was a fairly odd to see Mike Shanahan at the podium, with McNabb to his right at a table with two Redskins helmets.
Shanahan introduced McNabb this way, “Without any further adieu, our quarterback, Donovan McNabb …”
As you’d expect, McNabb answered wide-ranging questions. When asked about his treatment during 11 seasons in Philadelphia, he took the high road.
“I felt that I was treated fairly,” McNabb said. ”Never have you heard me complain anything about any of what the fans were doing or the media. Because that’s really none of my concern. I block that out. You have to understand that in this game we play, there’s so many distractions. If you allow it to affect what you do, and what your team relies on you to do, you’re never going to accomplish anything.
“Through my 11 years, you can’t say I haven’t accomplished a lot. There’s one thing that I didn’t accomplish, and I look to hopefully accomplish it here in Washington, and that’s winning a Super Bowl. Now, if that happens, that’s outstanding, but I’ll be looking to win another one. But that doesn’t happen with just one person. I think a lot of times, we focus on just one person instead of the team. This is a team game. One person can’t do it by themselves. There’s 11 guys on both sides of the ball out there, and we’re trying to do it together.”
Here’s McNabb on a few other topics:
On the apparent youth movement in Philadelphia: “I never knew 33 was old, but I guess I’m too old.”
On the trade rumors: “With that whole situation with them listening to offers, we knew that was happening anyway. Now we’re seeing the end result.”
On ending the revolving door at QB for the Redskins: “It’s about winning. Winning. Hopefully I can bring a winning attitude over.”
On playing the Eagles: ”I don’t look at it any different than playing the Giants or Dallas. I’m not going to run my head through a locker or start throwing things around my house. It’s an opportunity to play another team and hopefully bring a win home.”
On taking Jason Campbell‘s starting spot: I did speak with him. When it kind of went in motion, I did call him. I just let him know that this wasn’t one of my plans to come and take his spot. Jason is a great guy and a hard worker and a friend I continue to talk to throughout the years and I try to be a mentor for. I want to see nothing but success for him and an opportunity to kind of revive his career. We just reflected on a couple of moments in his career so far. I told him, ‘The sky is the limit for you. Continue to hold your head high. Every now and then in life, you go through adversities. This is just another hurdle.’”
On signing an extension to stay in Washington long-term: “That’s not my focus right now. My focus is the fact that in the news that this is over. I’ve landed here in Washington, and I’m very excited about that. As far as anything else, that might take care of itself, or whatever may be. I’m a Redskin.”