Donovan McNabb’s name “is officially preceded by the modifying phrase ’embattled Eagles quarterback’, writes the Philadelphia Daily News’ Les Bowen, who attended the former’s testy news conference Wednesday at NovaCare.
Asked if he feels he takes too much blame when the Eagles struggle, McNabb said: “I do . . . It’s easy to blame the quarterback when the team loses, but I’m definitely not the whole reason why we lost these games. Can I help? Yes, I can, but I’m not fully to blame for everything that goes on around here.
“There are a lot of mistakes I’ve made – it’s throws I want back, decisions, whatever it may be, there are mistakes I’ve made in every game, a lot of things that you’re not used to doing, a lot of things that you know you can do better.”
McNabb was asked if he would support a Reid decision to go with Kolb.
“No, that’s my job,” he said. “Why would I just want to give my job up? Would you like to give your job up?”
Asked if he thought he was playing for his job now, as the Eagles prepare to visit the 5-3 Redskins, he said: “No, I don’t.”
McNabb, who turns 31 Nov. 25, said he stands by what he said last summer about spending many more years as the Birds’ QB.
“I’m sure you probably won’t write that, but I do,” he said. Asked his rationale – the team obviously drafted Kolb for a reason, and the amortization of McNabb’s signing bonus ends after the 2008 season, making him much easier to trade or release – McNabb said: “Everyone goes through some ups and downs. All quarterbacks do. Brett Favre went through it; other quarterbacks have. This is a situation [in] which, if [you] continue to build, do you start over? It’s not my decision, but I expect to be here.”