|On Wednesday, when McNabb discussed his remarks, he was pushed to provide specifics. But before that press briefing, he had been advised by a member of the Eagles' media staff to avoid a sound bite that could perpetuate the controversy.|
"Did I expect any backlash from it? Yeah, everything I say I expect a backlash from," McNabb said. "So, for me sitting up here trying to explain it, hopefully the show shows you exactly what I was saying, and with today [Wednesday] we can end it and move on."
But McNabb didn't want to end it, telling the Philadelphia Daily News that he hoped to lead the charge among his fellow African-American quarterbacks to change the perception.
His call to arms was rejected. In Baltimore, Steve McNair started his weekly news conference Thursday with these words: "No Donovan McNabb questions, please."
In Nashville, it was worse. Vince Young basically told McNabb to quit crying.
"I really feel like myself, black or white quarterbacks, we all go through something because that is the life of a quarterback." Young said. "You have to be able to handle all the pressure and you have to be able to handle the losses and you have to be able to handle the media saying this about you … If you can't handle it, then you have to get off that position and go play something else."
Inside the Eagles' locker room, McNabb's comments were greeted with a bunch of sideways smirks. Indeed, there is a lot of private grumbling at the Eagles' practice facility that McNabb's comments were ill-advised and ill-timed -- the team has a big weekend-long gala celebration for the 75th anniversary, and the 0-2 start has left frustrated Philly fans a bit more, well, frustrated. Never mind that the interview was taped in August before the season started.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Mcnabb gets thrown under the bus by everyone else?
Sports: Vince Young calling out Mcnabb. Damn, that is just spectacular.