- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Donovan McNabb, in his first press conference in Washington on Tuesday, deflected questions about his 11 years as the leader of the Philadelphia Eagles, declaring, “I’m a Redskin now.”

McNabb, joined by Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, spoke at length for the first time since Sunday’s blockbuster trade that sent the face of the Eagles a couple of hours south to the rival Redskins.

McNabb said his focus is to accomplish the one goal that eluded him in Philadelphia: a victory in the Super Bowl.

“This feels like being drafted again, like I’m 22 again,” he said. “I’m here with a great organization … an organization that wants to win and wants to win now.”

Asked about the rationale behind the Eagles decision to trade him for a second-round draft pick this year and a third or fourth round pick next year, McNabb said curtly: “Great question but you have to ask them that.”

“They’re going young. I didn’t know 33 was old, but I guess I’m old,” the 33-year-old quarterback said.

McNabb said he felt he was treated fairly in Philadelphia, and passed on several opportunities to directly criticize the Eagles — though he did take a little jab at the playcalling of his former coaching staff.

“It starts with the running game. A lot of you from Philly may not know a lot about that. We will run the ball here,” McNabb said. But in general, he was positive in reflecting on his years with Andy Reid.

“Every time we stepped out on that field, we felt confident that we could win and I look forward to bringing that to Washington,” McNabb said.

McNabb said the Eagles system shares some similarities with the West Coast offense Shanahan is installing, but he said there would be a lot to learn.

Shanahan said he’d spoken with Jason Campbell, and he added that the Redskins had given Campbell permission to talk with other teams that might be interested in acquiring the three-year starter.

“If that doesn’t happen, Jason will come back here, giving 110 percent,” Shanahan said. But the coach clearly feels that he’s found his strting quarterback in the Pro-Bowl veteran McNabb.

Working with John Elway in Denver and Steve Young in San Francisco, he said, had taught him that “when you have a veteran quarterback who knows how to lead, it sets the tempo for the whole team.”

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