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McNabb: "There's no threat for me"

Despite early indications that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb isn’t happy with the arrival of Mike Vick in Philly, McNabb claims that he’s fine with the move.

In fact, McNabb claims he lobbied the team to sign Vick.

“There’s no threat for me,” McNabb said at a press conference after Thursday night’s preseason game.  “There’s no threat for [Kevin] Kolb.  It’s an opportunity to add another weapon to our offense, and our team.”

Still, McNabb used words like “adversity” and “ordeal” when talking about the presence of Vick on the team, which in our view weren’t used accidentally.

Indeed, former Eagles lineman Barrett Brooks, who serves as the Eagles Insider for The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 FM in South Jersey, believes that the arrival of Vick will lead to trouble in the locker room.

“McNabb is being a pro,” Brooks said (via Gill), “but this makes him have to put up or shut up.  He has no comfort in being the Eagles quarterback, if he messes up one time the whole city will be calling for Vick.  Point blank.”

Also, even if Vick never gets onto the field, Vick suddenly will command more attention than the starting quarterback.

“Why does McNabb have to have a backup who has more exposure than the starter?” Brooks said.

That said, McNabb has handled the media adroitly, so far.  Then again, he always does.

What happens behind the scenes remains to be seen.

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65 Responses to “McNabb: "There's no threat for me"”
  1. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Aug 13, 2009 11:30 PM

    How come you’re not highlighting his repeated assertion that he has lobbied for this?!

  2. WildBirdOffense says: Aug 13, 2009 11:31 PM

    You’re an idiot Florio and your journalistic skills are flawed due to your need to get a rise out of Eagles fans.

  3. WildBirdOffense says: Aug 13, 2009 11:34 PM

    Because BroadStreetBully, Florio is an idiot who will never make it to the big time because of his biased “journalistic” skills

  4. Display Name says: Aug 13, 2009 11:35 PM

    What a loser thge writer of this blog entry is, why no mention of McNabb saying that he lobbied to get Vick signed in Philly? What a toad and loser this blog writer is…

  5. Display Name says: Aug 13, 2009 11:35 PM

    What a loser thge writer of this blog entry is, why no mention of McNabb saying that he lobbied to get Vick signed in Philly? What a toad and loser this blog writer is…

  6. claytonbigsby says: Aug 13, 2009 11:35 PM

    I thought that the consensus is that, fans will find it hard to accept Vick back. Now you say that at the first sign of a poor performance by McNabb, Philly fans will be screaming for Vick. How strangely ironic!

  7. Ravenmaniac says: Aug 13, 2009 11:36 PM

    This just in…..Andy Reid has signed his 2 sons to 5 to 10 years with several contract methcentives…I mean incentives….
    McNabb is a class act and a great QB, he will be fine.

  8. Sofa King Great says: Aug 13, 2009 11:36 PM

    i actually like mcnabb, but he doesnt always handle the media adroitly (good one emmitt)… “i didnt know a game could end in a tie”

  9. MasterShake says: Aug 13, 2009 11:38 PM

    @ Florio
    “adroitly”
    Triple word score.
    I have no idea what that truly means. I’m going to have to look that up. How about saving a brother some time and letting us all know what the hell that truly means?
    Stoically (sp)
    I didn’t major in Engrish in college, just gave it the “college try”.
    Where the hell are my cheat sheets?

  10. BigBear says: Aug 13, 2009 11:38 PM

    He probably lobbied never expecting them rto follow through. Lol @ you McNabb.
    Let the games begin. Check out this Michael Vick site.
    http://www.smackmyvickup.com

  11. GreggyD says: Aug 13, 2009 11:38 PM

    Agree with Bully.
    And honestly, I think that not having the spotlight on him 24/7 might be good for McNabb who constantly has a target on his back.

  12. jjared1101 says: Aug 13, 2009 11:38 PM

    Adroitly? …. I don’t like it when you use your lawyer words.

  13. Malblack says: Aug 13, 2009 11:39 PM

    “but this makes him have to put up or shut up. ”
    Brooks said that as if it wasn’t true before Vick signed…

  14. surefooted says: Aug 13, 2009 11:41 PM

    McNabb himself made you look foolish and now you are looking for anyone to corroborate your rumor. Of course there will always be at least one disenting opinion…and you’d run with it.
    Weak…

  15. Floriosadouchebag says: Aug 13, 2009 11:43 PM

    probably because Florio’s a douchebag.

  16. swervinmervin says: Aug 13, 2009 11:43 PM

    Florio -
    Give it up. We all know how you feel about dogs and how you feel about Vicck returning. Stop trying to use this site as a way to push your sick PETA agenda.
    Vick is back. You lost. Get over it. McNabb doesnt care if Vick is 3rd stringer. Vick is their as a “Slash”, not to be the QB of the future. Kolb is who they want to be their QB of the future.
    Enough already, Florio. You lost.

  17. godfather says: Aug 13, 2009 11:47 PM

    “BroadStreetBully9286 says:
    August 13, 2009 11:30 PM
    How come you’re not highlighting his repeated assertion that he has lobbied for this?!”
    Because if there’s one thing Florio hates… it’s being wrong. And just like a butt hurt little 5 yr old, he’ll never man up and admit when he’s wrong.
    Another thing he’ll never admit, is the fact that this site used to have good reports, break the stories first, and have a good following. Now its a tabloid, a sham, the laughing stock of football blogging, and is consistently late and wrong on its reports.
    Time to give profootballweekly the attention it deserves since it’s got one thing this site won’t have again for a long long time… credibility.

  18. realityonetwo says: Aug 13, 2009 11:53 PM

    And you lost the grammar bowl, mervin. How many times did they hold you back in grade school?

  19. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 13, 2009 11:55 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman, I give you The Ben Stiller of the NFL, Donovan McNabb…

  20. TheDPR says: Aug 13, 2009 11:56 PM

    McNabb’s a good guy and a good QB. He doesn’t deserve what the team and the city of Philadelphia put him through. Vick can’t carry Mac’s jock on his best and Mac’s worst day; of course McNabb doesn’t feel threatened. Mike Vick is a bad QB.
    I don’t think he’s evil. But he’s clearly amoral, which might be worse. And he’s stupid on top of it.
    I hope McNabb has a great season and Vick doesn’t get on the field once.

  21. bye dawk says: Aug 13, 2009 11:58 PM

    “Indeed, former Eagles lineman Barrett Brooks, who serves as the Eagles Insider for The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 FM in South Jersey, believes that the arrival of Vick will lead to trouble in the locker room.”
    _____________________________
    Ohhhhh, Barrett Brooks thinks it will lead to trouble in the locker room? And he said so where? Oh no… not “The Sports Bash” with Mike Gill!!!
    Well if a guy that hasn’t played with the Eagles since 1998 says so (on “The Sports Bash” no less), well it MUST be true.

  22. Eaglemania says: Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM

    Stop hating we goin to the superbowl mcnabb & vick baby!!!!!!

  23. Route36West says: Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM

    For once media members(including you Florio) be fair to Donovan. Dont put words in his mouth or try to make it seem like hes doing the saying something without really saying anything routine. There is no indication at all that he has a problem with Vick being an eagle after that PC. I was wondering like all during the game how he would handle it. But after hearing him talk i believe him 100 percent. Mcnabb is not devious or a wall flower by any means he always says what he thinks and feels to a fault, So if he had a problem with it he would have made it known. He wouldnt say I dont want this guy here (He knows how not to get fined) but he would have put it out there in a more subtle but recongizable way. Like he did when the team signed Kolb he said “I dont understand the pick” he didnt sugar coat his feelings we knew what he meant. Or when he talked about aquiring more weapons we knew what he meant.
    So I believe the man when he says he lobbied for Vick and is not threatened or weary or any of that shit. And you should too until he proves otherwise.
    This is a big enough story so that you media types dont need to do what you always do and make a story out of nothing. You guys can actually keep your integretity intact for once and still get your website hits.

  24. childprodigy93 says: Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM

    no, but there may be a threat for your dog Mr. Mcnabb.

  25. famucancer says: Aug 14, 2009 12:03 AM

    Ahhh..the media’s feelings are hurt. Reduced to gossip mongering like Perez Hilton instead of reporting facts. Its fun to read and mock ya though! LOL

  26. VoxVeritas says: Aug 14, 2009 12:05 AM

    “I thought that the consensus is that, fans will find it hard to accept Vick back.”
    That was normal fans. Everybody knows that the lowbrow Philly crowd would be completely on board with something like this.

  27. Kidekk says: Aug 14, 2009 12:07 AM

    godfather, so it’s not just me that has seen this site change for the worse over time, even before it joined with NBC. There’s about a 6:1 ratio of crap/conjecture/drivel to quality, whereas it used to be a site that I would recommend to others because it was so good. Of course I come back because I’m a creature of habit and all of that. But, when he starts spinning news like he’s on CNN/Fox News, I have to wonder if he has some sort of agenda.

  28. PadreWu says: Aug 14, 2009 12:14 AM

    Thank God he’s not a Viking! (We already have a pair of QB’s with dubious accuracy. However, their dogs are actually happy to see them when they come home from work…)

  29. FumbleNuts says: Aug 14, 2009 12:14 AM

    “McNabb: “There’s no threat for me””
    Dude….. If you get hurt and Vick get’s Acclimated quickly to your offense and the NFL, LOOK OUT!

  30. nflqb says: Aug 14, 2009 12:24 AM

    hhaaha , a guy down the street took down his eagle flag, that’s been hanging on his house for ten yrs and threw it to the curb!
    Not all philly fans will accept this and soon as he fumbles a few times or throws a int he will be booed off the field and at a level never heard before in a stadium.

  31. tx_eagle says: Aug 14, 2009 12:26 AM

    mcnabb + vick = superbowl baby!

  32. jordanv says: Aug 14, 2009 12:28 AM

    This is just another example of the Eagles organization undermining Donovan McNabb!! As a lifelong Eagle fan I was floored and at the same time pissed at this move. This is gonna be a mistake of epic proportions. Good move Andy, Joe, Tom, and Jeffrey!!

  33. swervinmervin says: Aug 14, 2009 12:29 AM

    realityonetwo,
    You moron. This is an NFL message board, not an English exam. Are you one of Florio’s depressed PETA pals? Get over it Vick is in. You guys lost. And McNabb is happier than a pig in shyt.
    By the way – don’t start a sentence with the word “And” and then try and insult someone’s grammer on a messageboard. Good job, Dickens.

  34. greenguy09 says: Aug 14, 2009 12:29 AM

    read between the lines people, vick will eventually replace mcnabb as starter, definetly not this year, but it will happen, just watch how much more explosive the team will be when hes playin with, jackson, macklin, westbrook, who will they double ? someone will be wide open, mark my words, vick WILL be starter, they both are the same type of player, vick is faster .you can just feel the tension from mcnabb, he will be so upset that the next off season he will ask or force the powers that be to trade him, vick is a younger , faster qb, not much, this is a brillant move buy the team, way to go guys, they are looking out for the future of the team.i personally would hate to see super5 go, but just take a second to analize this, both of there contracts will be up, ya, vickys 2nd year is an option, which will be picked up. kolb as everyone knows , stinks, this is why they pulled the proverbial trigger on this deal. makes perfect sense.

  35. SuperNintendoChalmers says: Aug 14, 2009 12:33 AM

    lol people think that Philadelphia fans would be lobbying for Vick at the first sign of adversity?
    In Vick’s last game in the NFL (which was, strangely enough, against the Eagles), Vick went 8-14 for 87 yards with 3 rushes for 17 yards. And that was at the end of an NFL season where Vick had been QB1 for 16 games. Michael Vick 2.0 has been away from the game for 3 years now and has to learn a new, complicated offense on the fly.
    Vick wasn’t a very good passer in his prime, I wouldn’t expect prison to have made him better.

  36. pfii63 says: Aug 14, 2009 12:52 AM

    First, unless Michael Vick can play defense for the Eagles, this move equates to a monumental nothing in terms of what the Eagles will do this year.
    Second, now that Vick has landed somewhere …anywhere… does this mean you will finally stfu about Michael Vick? I swear if it wasn’t for Vick and Favre, you’d think there was no other NFL news in the past four months.

  37. m2002m says: Aug 14, 2009 1:33 AM

    Just another choke artist on the Eagles….
    Get it?
    Because of the dogs he strangled.

  38. CooperManning says: Aug 14, 2009 2:12 AM

    I actually agree with McNabb. I wouldn’t be worried about a passer with a career completion percentage below 55% either.

  39. CooperManning says: Aug 14, 2009 2:54 AM

    I wonder if the Eagles will run some sort of option play when Vick lines up in the backfield. As we all know, NFL defenses and defensive coordinators just can’t figure out the option. That’s why the option has been a staple of successful offenses in the NFL for decades. I also wonder how much better Vick will be than he was in 2006, his last year in the NFL. Usually, two years in prison helps a player fine tune his game. I’m sure he’ll be awesome.

  40. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 3:30 AM

    Vick is more likely going to be used as a Wildcat option, listed on the depth chart as a RB or WR.
    If Donovan gets hurt, maybe he makes the move… but I don’t think he’s going to be taking much practice under center.
    Mc5 is a superstar, and the FO still has faith in Kolb (Lord knows why).

  41. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 4:14 AM

    “Not all philly fans will accept this and soon as he fumbles a few times or throws a int he will be booed off the field and at a level never heard before in a stadium. ”
    Oh absolutely. Reading comments here you might think Philly fans are the worst people in the US (we’re not, that’s Texas) — but Vick will be accepted grudgingly because INTELLIGENT people will still cheer for the other guys on the roster even if they don’t like Vick.
    The only thing that will keep Vick afloat is some lights-out football. Philly turns on McNabb, a class act, in a flash – and they’re gonna tear Vick up wholly if he messes around.

  42. promichael says: Aug 14, 2009 6:15 AM

    I believe that Vick will be used more as a wide receiver, wildcat QB and back up QB. Similar to Pat White. The skill set for Vick is similar to Pat White of the Miami Dolphins. Let’s get real here no GM, Owner or Coach wanted anyone to know their interest in Vick. The wildcat is here to open up offenses and using Vick or White in different roles will not be announced or spoken about. We as football fans will simply have the pleasure of viewing what offensive schemes occur.

  43. eaglealan64 says: Aug 14, 2009 6:19 AM

    >>>Despite early indications that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb isn’t happy with the arrival of Mike Vick in Philly, McNabb claims that he’s fine with the move.

  44. killachap says: Aug 14, 2009 6:21 AM

    McNabb is a piece of crap washed up bum and this is an effort to replace him down the road. McNabb has been clost to being out for what, the last 2 seasons? Even being benched by the beloved Andy Reid, another coach who shares the same qualifications to act as a father figure to a young man as Tony Dungy. The Eagles just went from a lock to win the NFC east to a lock to have a McNabb continue his yearly pouting routine.

  45. BigMikey says: Aug 14, 2009 7:15 AM

    He’ll run a couple of reverses, he’ll pull a hammy, he’ll be out for three weeks and then he’ll be the third-stringer for the rest of the year. And they won’t pick up the option for 2010, because he won’t fit into the new coach’s plans. There it is.

  46. Dawkphan says: Aug 14, 2009 7:23 AM

    As An Eagles fan I am Really upset by the announcment that Mike Vick has joined the team, I believe in second chances but I don’t see what he can do for this team but be a DISTRACTION ! I just don’t get it …………..
    W..T..F!!!!
    I am Saddened and confused!

  47. Gweez says: Aug 14, 2009 7:26 AM

    A classy guy for a classy town.
    When will Philly’s FO learn that McNabb is the most sensitive, easily slighted QB in the NFL. As a Skins fan even I have envy of a FO that consistantly makes the right moves. Yet they’ve never figured out that DM is such a pansy and more sensitive than my 15 month old niece.
    This will be a distraction and for what? A few plays a game in week 13 when you put Vick in the backfield with McNabb? What happens when Vick throws a Td? McNabb won’t be happy.

  48. PatricktheDookie says: Aug 14, 2009 7:50 AM

    “I actually agree with McNabb. I wouldn’t be worried about a passer with a career completion percentage below 55% either.”
    Why does Vick take so much flack for this statistic while Eli Manning has parlayed a career 55.9% completion percentage into a monstrous contract?
    As a QB, if you can win games, nobody cares about how horrible you might be (Trent Dilfer being the lone exception). If you win, people will love you.
    And as Eli has shown us: you don’t need to be an adept passer to win games – you just need to play for a good team Michael Vick now meets that criteria.

  49. Gweez says: Aug 14, 2009 8:00 AM

    Patrick,
    I was ready to call you out on the Manning stat but I looked it up and you are right. Wow I’m surprised. Also i didn’t know his real name was Elisha. Hilarious.

  50. craiger902 says: Aug 14, 2009 8:03 AM

    I don’t understand how you could jump to the conclusion that McNabb wouldn’t be happy with the Vick signing. The quotes from McNabb in the past clearly show that he is a supporter of Vick’s. No sane person is going to call for Vick to replace McNabb at QB. McNabb has been and always will be, the better QB between those two. McNabb should know he has no reason to be jealous of Vick being on the team as Vick will never be the starting QB. Like McNabb said, he’s just another offensive weapon. As an Eagles fan, I’m sure most fans are willing to give Vick a second chance, especially if he can start producing on the field. It’s going to be an interesting year for the Eagles.

  51. Krow says: Aug 14, 2009 8:12 AM

    Vick does the one thing that McNaab doesn’t… play cheap. And the Eagles LOVE that. Donovan’s days in Philly are numbered. He either wins it all this year or he takes the Dawkins bus out-of-town in exchange for a boatload of picks… and the Birds retool around Vick and pocket $10,000,000.
    Cheap… cheap… cheap.

  52. empty13 says: Aug 14, 2009 8:42 AM

    i dont see vick replacing mcnabb.
    vick isnt going to be the runner he used to be.
    he wont ever be the passer mcnabb is, and mcnabb isnt in the top tier of passers.
    vick ruined the careers of wideouts in atlanta. what makes anyonme think he wont keep doing so?
    i have to agree with vox. philly had a promising offseason going. and i think the vick signing means they think westbrook isnt going to be a factor.

  53. Baseball First says: Aug 14, 2009 8:45 AM

    You poor Eagles fans. We have all waited to see which team would become the new most despised sports franchise in the world. You must be in shock. I do not say that, necessarily, as a personal view. The Dulla$$ Cowboys would be hard to replace in that role. There are those who are going to make the birds seem like turds. Oh, yea, they were that before Vick signed. Many of you admit to not know what the adverbs, “stoically” and “adroitly” mean, yet you feel you have the intelligence to call Florio an idiot. Hoisted by your own petard, again.

  54. Baseball First says: Aug 14, 2009 9:02 AM

    @gweez and patrick
    Why are you dragging Eli or any other QB into the quagmire now developing in Philly? You are using him to assuage the sense of failure your team has given you time after time.
    McNabb and Vick may be better athletes than Eli. They may even be better QB’s-though it is clearly evident Vick is a far worse QB. When you fail as a team, suddenly, individual stats become the most important thing to boast.
    Eli has brought the Giants to the playoffs consistently. He won a Super Bowl and was voted the MVP. He knows how to lead a team and does not worry about personal Statistics.
    Please, enjoy your individual records as that is all you have to really have in which to cling. I’ll take what Eli brings year after year. Sounds like a win-win deal.

  55. getreal says: Aug 14, 2009 9:12 AM

    Does anybody not think McNabb wants Vick bc he now has an excuse to lose again. Before Vick, so far this off season, the talk has been “McNabb always says if you give him weapons around him he will win the big one…..and now he has those weapons and there is no excuse for his team not to win”….
    Well, does this T.O. (I mean Vick) drama not give him a place to point a finger, yet also poss increasing his chances of winning???
    I think McNabb is riding this one with a foot on both sides of the fence……and I for one think he is smart for doing so…. CYA McNabb, CYA.

  56. Lucky5927 says: Aug 14, 2009 9:57 AM

    Wow, a lot of Eagle things giving Mc-CryBaby the benefit of the doubt. Don’t you guys remember when McNabb was pissed off the Eagles used a 2nd round pick on Kolb? Fact is McNabb doesn’t like pressure. He doesn’t play well under it. Sure he has had a game here or a game there, but when it matters most, he chokes. Vick is no way ready to take over for McNabb at any point this season, but he is still better than any 3rd string QB they would have and can play some other positions. So he is a good pick up who will be surrounded by a mostly positive environment. And for the people who keep saying that Donovan is on board with this, Jesus people haven’t you ever heard of the phrase “Politically Correct”?? What was Andy Reid or McNabb suppose to say? “Donovan is too sensitive and does not like having a former starting QB on his team who can maybe help them in specific roles as he acclimates to the NFL again”.

  57. Smush Rodrigez says: Aug 14, 2009 9:59 AM

    Krow says:
    August 14, 2009 8:12 AM
    Vick does the one thing that McNaab doesn’t… play cheap. And the Eagles LOVE that. Donovan’s days in Philly are numbered. He either wins it all this year or he takes the Dawkins bus out-of-town in exchange for a boatload of picks… and the Birds retool around Vick and pocket $10,000,000.
    Cheap… cheap… cheap.
    *****
    Prove the Eagles are cheap please? Was it paying McNabb and Westbrook when they did not need to? Was it paying Asante and Runyan and Kearse? They are not cheap, you just do not agree with some of their personnel moves.

  58. VoxVeritas says: Aug 14, 2009 10:29 AM

    “Vick is more likely going to be used as a Wildcat option, listed on the depth chart as a RB or WR. ”
    That’s funny, the Eagirls have him listed as a QB.
    http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/team/Roster.html

  59. VoxVeritas says: Aug 14, 2009 10:36 AM

    “You poor Eagles fans. We have all waited to see which team would become the new most despised sports franchise in the world. You must be in shock. I do not say that, necessarily, as a personal view. The Dulla$$ Cowboys would be hard to replace in that role.”
    Yes, but only because success breeds contempt. You don’t become one of the most successful franchises in NFL history without making a whole lot of people mad. The Eagirls are held in contempt for entirely different reasons. It can’t be the success angle, they really haven’t had any in almost 50 years. They’re taking “despicable” to a whole ‘nother level.

  60. wydok says: Aug 14, 2009 11:42 AM

    Stop stirring the pot, Florio. There is no problem.
    Shut up.

  61. VoxVeritas says: Aug 14, 2009 12:43 PM

    “I don’t understand how you could jump to the conclusion that McNabb wouldn’t be happy with the Vick signing. The quotes from McNabb in the past clearly show that he is a supporter of Vick’s.”
    Now replace “Vick” with “Owens” and teleport yourself back to 2004.

  62. footballrulz says: Aug 14, 2009 12:47 PM

    Hey Broad Strret & Wild Bird–Did you not read the 2nd paragraph–Plainly states that McNabb lobbied for VIck. Why you jumpin all over Florio.. It’s right there in B & W

  63. SixBurghDude says: Aug 14, 2009 1:05 PM

    It’s no wonder that franchises like this haven’t won an NFL title in 50 years! The vast majority of NFL teams wouldn’t give this FELON a tender at the veteran minimum, but the Iggles gave this thug a $7mil contract??? Couldn’t have been jammed down the throats of a more deserving fan base…Iggle fans

  64. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 2:12 PM

    Have fun on your high horses, you self-righteous douchebags.

  65. My Other Ride Is Your Girl says: Aug 14, 2009 3:50 PM

    Note to bEAGLE fans:
    leave your women @ home, your new back-up QB does very bad things when in the company of dogs

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