Donovan McNabb is familiar with what Michael Vick is going though. Having played as the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for eleven seasons McNabb is familiar with some booing in his direction.
The expectations of fans and ownership have not been met with successs on the field this year. The Eagles are currently 3-4 on the season and lost for the first time after a bye in the thirteen year coaching career of Andy Reid. The bar was raised when Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said an 8-8 season from the Eagles is “unacceptable.”
McNabb understands the pressure on Vick.
“You have to focus on your job and if you focus on your job you block everything out,” McNabb said as a guest analyst on Tuesday’s “NFL AM.”
“I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos and hearing the radio stations talk and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched then you begin to lose focus and now your play begins to fall and you begin to focus on other things. … I think it’s important for him (Vick) to feed off of what he did last week, not turning the ball over, protect the football, give his guys an opportunity to make plays for him and good things can happen.”
Vick did not commit any turnovers last week but he also did not make any big plays and the Eagles were easily defeated by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Reid has been hesitant to turn to rookie quarterback Nick Foles. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the coach is not convinced that Vick is the problem with the team. Reid also feels that Vick gives him the best chance to salvage the season.