After my crying fit last week about the Redskins loss to the St. Louis Rams, the Skins defeated Donovan’s McNabb’s old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday 17-12.
By Jason Reid
Monday, October 4, 2010; D1
PHILADELPHIA – With his Washington Redskins teammates eagerly requesting more, quarterback Donovan McNabb felt obliged to deliver after their effective performance in support of him.
They chanted for McNabb, who moments before had received the game ball from Coach Mike Shanahan, to say a few words after the Redskins’ 17-12 victory in his first game here since he was traded from the Eagles. McNabb surveyed the locker room and continued to lead.
Instead of focusing first on his personal situation with Eagles management, which spurred the surprising Easter Sunday trade between NFC East rivals, McNabb talked about what the victory could mean for the Redskins. He did, however, save a zinger for the Eagles at the end, making it clear they erred in trading him within the division. And McNabb apparently knows his audience.
“It went over real well,” outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said of McNabb’s impromptu comments. “The things Donovan said, that stays in the locker room, but we were all feeling for him what he was feeling for himself deep down. . . . Any time a guy has played in a city for 11 years, and they trade him away like this, he wants to come back to win. We wanted to help him do that.”
On an overcast day, the Redskins helped McNabb leave Lincoln Financial Field with a victory in front of 69,144 people. Washington evened its record at 2-2 after consecutive losses and moved into a first-place tie atop the NFC East.
Eagles fans were very polite when Donovan was first introduced before the game. But after that they were the usual boo birds.
We’re in first place in the NFC East. So how long will that last 😉