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Eagles Notes: McNabb aims a barb at reporters

Eagles Notes: McNabb aims a barb at reporters
Eagles Notes Apparently quarterback Donovan McNabb thought reporters were derelict in their duties when he went to the podium Wednesday for his weekly news conference at the NovaCare Complex.

"Everybody wants to know about the overtime situation," the Eagles quarterback wrote in his most recent Yardbarker.com blog. "Whatever happened had no bearing on the outcome of the game. That's all that matters. We all know the rules now. There is no need to waste any more time on the subject. If you want some answers, check out my Web site (www.DonovanMcNabb.com), where my press conference from today is available.

"What you won't find from that press conference that is supposed to preview the Ravens game this week is anything about this week's game. So I'll share my thoughts here."

If you go to McNabb's Web site, you will be challenged to find the video of his Wednesday news conference, but it's easily accessible by going to PhiladelphiaEagles.com, then clicking multimedia and video.

What you'll notice is that the first question asked of McNabb is about the game against the Ravens.

Anyway, here's what McNabb said about the Ravens in his blog: "The Ravens are a good team. Their defense has a number of Pro Bowl players like Ray Lewis , Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs and they are playing at a high level again this season.

"They are tough against the pass and even stronger against the run. John Harbaugh is a great coach and has helped them turn things around and restore their confidence. I remember as a rookie having to run the scout team for special teams. John's practices were always organized and instructive, but they were also fun. I'm not surprised at all that he has the Ravens playing so well."

What about Westbrook? The most-pressing question for the Eagles is whether they will have Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook , who missed his second consecutive practice yesterday because of a lingering high-ankle sprain and knee swelling.

If Westbrook does not practice today, it seems unlikely that he will be able to go against the Ravens on Sunday. Westbrook at least appeared to be walking better in the locker room after yesterday's practice.

Veteran running back Correll Buckhalter ran with the first-team offense for the second straight day. The Eagles are 1-1 in the two games Buckhalter replaced Westbrook this season, and he has carried 34 times for 159 yards and a touchdown. He also has caught nine passes for 109 yards in those games, giving him 268 total yards in two starts.

Too predictable Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg dismissed a suggestion by Cincinnati cornerback Jonathan Joseph after Sunday's game that the Bengals knew what plays were coming against the Eagles.

"How many yards did we throw for?" Mornhinweg asked.

The answer was 391 on 61 called pass plays.

"Yeah, I don't think so," Mornhinweg concluded.

Safety Brian Dawkins , meanwhile, said he wasn't offended that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he got no help learning how to stop the Giants' running game by watching video of the Eagles' game against New York .

The Giants , of course, ran for 219 yards in a win over the Eagles two weekends ago at Lincoln Financial Field, then 206 more in a rout of Lewis' Ravens on Sunday.

"I probably would feel the same way," Dawkins said. "If you look at the results of that game, we didn't stop them on a consistent basis."

The coaches meet, too Mornhinweg was asked whether the coaches ever meet among themselves and discuss the team's situation.

"Oh, yeah, we do that," he said. "It's a little testy sometimes."

Extra points Defensive end Trent Cole and cornerback Sheldon Brown said they were not fined for hits that resulted in penalties during Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

- Bob Brookover

Eagles Notes:

Follow the Eagles all day on Bob Brookover's blog at http://go.philly.com/birdseye

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 21, 2008

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