Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is one of the most optimistic guys in the league. I remember sitting down with him during training camp before the '08 season and he told me that the NFC East title still went through Philly. This was after a season in which the Eagles finished 8-8 and the Giants won the Super Bowl. Oh, and the Cowboys were 13-3.
That's why I wasn't surprised when he was a little hesitant to give the Cowboys' defense too much credit after Sunday's shutout. McNabb thought a lot of the Eagles' problems Sunday were self-induced. Here's what he said during our conference call Tuesday:
"The Cowboys are a great defense," said McNabb. "They have a lot of players who have made a lot of plays throughout their careers and guys that are on the rise. But I look at it more that we stopped ourselves. The opportunities that we've had we didn't capitalize on. The mistakes that we made really cost us."
I'd be curious to hear from Eagles fans on this statement. I thought the Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage and that outside linebacker Anthony Spencer spent all afternoon in McNabb's face. McNabb admitted that he needed to play a lot better, pointing to the throws he missed to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
But after the game Sunday, McNabb pointed the finger at the Eagles' young players. I don't think that was a wise decision. This is not the time to call out Jackson. He's been the Eagles' best offensive player this season and you need him to break through against the Cowboys on Saturday night.