McNabb admits Eagles offense will be hard to stop with addition of Vick

Posted: August 17, 2009

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb did not seem terribly enamored with the Wildcat offense when asked about it the other day.

"The Wildcat offense worked in college," he said. "It was something that came out last year with some teams starting to do it, but I don't think it will last that long."

When the subject of Michael Vick and the Wildcat was brought up, McNabb came to the defense of his fellow quarterback's skills.

"I think people look at the Wildcat as a copout," he said. "He's a quarterback. He's not a utility guy. He's not a receiver. He's not a running back. Too many times people focus in on numbers instead of what we're focusing on, to win the ballgame. Whenever the guy was on the team and they lined up and he had the ball in his hands, they had the best chance of winning. And that's what you want to do to great players."

Still, McNabb conceded that an Eagles offense with all its weapons on the field would be difficult to stop.

"If I get to move to receiver for a play and he steps in and back there with [Brian] Westbrook and [LeSean] McCoy, now you're adding another dimension that the defensive coordinators, it provides a problem for because you don't know who to stop," McNabb said. "Then you throw in a little DeSean [Jackson] out there as well and then me at the receiver position, I mean you're talking about some highly skilled guys out there."

McNabb reiterated that he was "the quarterback of this team," but also said he would have no problem if Vick got a few of the snaps in the Wildcat.

"I don't think Chad Pennington had a problem with it when they did it in Miami, so I won't have one as well," McNabb said.

Pennington's Dolphins ran about 12 percent of their total offensive snaps from the Wildcat.

"Offensive football is all about energy and providing a spark that creates some momentum and confidence," Pennington told the Sporting News last month. "When you try something that's that off the wall, that new, a lot of times not everyone believes in it, so it doesn't work. Our guys just took it and ran with it and made it work."

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