Reid: Trading McNabb to Redskins is ‘best situation for the Philadelphia Eagles and for Donovan’

On Easter Sunday, the NFL world was rocked by its first major trade of 2010. The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the rival Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.

Eagles coach Andy Reid joined Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio to talk about the trade and the Eagles’ future. To listen to Reid on Mike and Mike in the Morning, go to Sports Radio Interviews.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins will work out for everyone involved.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins will work out for everyone involved.

Why did the Eagles trade McNabb?

Reid: I was sitting there with three quarterbacks in the last year of their contract. I sat back and listened to the different offers that came in. I thought that this was the best offer and the best situation for the Philadelphia Eagles and for Donovan.

Did Reid want to trade McNabb?

Reid: I have the final say on the whole thing there Mike, so yes. You know how this business goes. There is a business side and a personal side. I knew I was going to be in this situation. I didn’t know it would be Donovan that would be traded, but I knew I would be offered something and had to do something. It ended up being Donovan with a pretty good deal for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s also a good deal for Washington and it’s a good deal for Donovan. It’s a good situation for him.

What are Reid’s thoughts on trading with Washington, a divisional rival?

Reid: I didn’t concentrate as much on Washington as I did the Philadelphia Eagles. I have to do what I think is best for our football team. When you get into a negotiation, that’s the way you think. Do you take into consideration a bit that it’s Washington? OK, you might think about it a little bit. But number one, you are thinking about your football team and what you need to do to become even a better football team. That’s part of this business. I have heard you say that several times. That’s part of the game.

We’re trying to make ourselves better. We felt this is the best way to do it and we pulled the trigger there. This was the best deal for all parties.

What was it like telling McNabb about the trade?

Reid: It was tough. That’s not an easy thing to do. When you have been together for eleven years, you develop this bond. That’s how it is.

Is it an emotional thing? Yeah, it’s an emotional thing. But you move on. I know he is going to have success – hopefully not for two games during the year – but I know he is going to have success. And I know we are going to have success.

It’s going to work out, I believe, fine. I am not good at predicting the future, but it will work out fine. And life moves on. That’s how both of us kind of looked at it.

What does Reid expect from quarterback Kevin Kolb in 2010?

Reid: Obviously, we have confidence in Kevin to be able to do what we did here. We also have confidence in Michael Vick. We still have a tremendous situation at that position.

The thing that we have seen in Kevin is leadership. He is a smart kid. Not that it matters, but he is a coach’s kid and grew up around the sport. He’s got a nice control of the offense. He has good enough arm strength and he is a good enough athlete to make this thing work. And he was able to be tutored by Donovan. He got to see how it’s done and done right. That has helped his maturation process move forward here.

 

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On Easter Sunday, the NFL world was rocked by its first major trade of 2010. The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the rival Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.

Eagles coach Andy Reid joined Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio to talk about the trade and the Eagles’ future. To listen to Reid on Mike and Mike in the Morning, go to Sports Radio Interviews.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins will work out for everyone involved.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins will work out for everyone involved.

Why did the Eagles trade McNabb?

Reid: I was sitting there with three quarterbacks in the last year of their contract. I sat back and listened to the different offers that came in. I thought that this was the best offer and the best situation for the Philadelphia Eagles and for Donovan.

Did Reid want to trade McNabb?

Reid: I have the final say on the whole thing there Mike, so yes. You know how this business goes. There is a business side and a personal side. I knew I was going to be in this situation. I didn’t know it would be Donovan that would be traded, but I knew I would be offered something and had to do something. It ended up being Donovan with a pretty good deal for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s also a good deal for Washington and it’s a good deal for Donovan. It’s a good situation for him.

What are Reid’s thoughts on trading with Washington, a divisional rival?

Reid: I didn’t concentrate as much on Washington as I did the Philadelphia Eagles. I have to do what I think is best for our football team. When you get into a negotiation, that’s the way you think. Do you take into consideration a bit that it’s Washington? OK, you might think about it a little bit. But number one, you are thinking about your football team and what you need to do to become even a better football team. That’s part of this business. I have heard you say that several times. That’s part of the game.

We’re trying to make ourselves better. We felt this is the best way to do it and we pulled the trigger there. This was the best deal for all parties.

What was it like telling McNabb about the trade?

Reid: It was tough. That’s not an easy thing to do. When you have been together for eleven years, you develop this bond. That’s how it is.

Is it an emotional thing? Yeah, it’s an emotional thing. But you move on. I know he is going to have success – hopefully not for two games during the year – but I know he is going to have success. And I know we are going to have success.

It’s going to work out, I believe, fine. I am not good at predicting the future, but it will work out fine. And life moves on. That’s how both of us kind of looked at it.

What does Reid expect from quarterback Kevin Kolb in 2010?

Reid: Obviously, we have confidence in Kevin to be able to do what we did here. We also have confidence in Michael Vick. We still have a tremendous situation at that position.

The thing that we have seen in Kevin is leadership. He is a smart kid. Not that it matters, but he is a coach’s kid and grew up around the sport. He’s got a nice control of the offense. He has good enough arm strength and he is a good enough athlete to make this thing work. And he was able to be tutored by Donovan. He got to see how it’s done and done right. That has helped his maturation process move forward here.

 

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