Brian Dawkins Press Conference

Brian Dawkins Press Conference

On whether he believes that this is QB Donovan McNabb's team: "I don't care who we bring in here or what players we have, everything still goes through him. Just for the simple fact that he has the ball in his hands most of the time. We have a quarterback who is as gifted as he is, he makes a lot of things happen for us and we have confidence that he's going to continue to do what it is that we know he can do and get back to being the fun-loving quarterback that he is."

On whether he believes that this is QB Donovan McNabb's team:

"I don't care who we bring in here or what players we have, everything still goes through him. Just for the simple fact that he has the ball in his hands most of the time. We have a quarterback who is as gifted as he is, he makes a lot of things happen for us and we have confidence that he's going to continue to do what it is that we know he can do and get back to being the fun-loving quarterback that he is."

On whether he got the sense that McNabb's fun-loving side was being suppressed:

"I can't speak for him and I will not try to, but when you are dealing with injuries – we never make excuses for that – you are not playing your best and other pressing issues as far as off the field things. I don't know if that thing could affect you, but I am pretty sure it can. I don't know if it did, but they were some of the things I can see that could have pulled him into not having as much fun as – and also losing. You are not going to have too much fun losing either."

On whether he could see a difference in Donovan's face on the sidelines:

"When you have things that are going on, especially with those two you can only imagine what was going through his head and having to go through, come to work and still perform at a level we need him to be to win games is tough. It was tough on everybody, but especially tough on him."

On whether he believes there will be more pressure on Donovan now:

"It's going to be on Donovan and I think it was there anyway. Because if he was not getting the ball to [WR] Terrell [Owens] the pressure was being applied to him. He needs to get the ball to the playmakers. If he can get the ball in their hands, we can win. The pressure is always going to be on him as long as he is the quarterback here and as long as he's playing and we are all pushing for a Super Bowl. The pressure is always going to be put on him. I just feel in that situation no longer being an issue; he can get back to being what it is we know he is."

On whether he tried to step in and intervene between McNabb and Owens:

"I have tried different things. I am not going to get into details, but I tried different things."

Whether he felt that this team was strong enough to handle issues that might come up with Owens:

"Call me naïve, but I was really believing that he was going to come here and we were going to win a Super Bowl, we were going to continue to roll and there would not be any issues, period. Even when we did lose, he was going to understand what we have here as a team and what we are as a unit and tight bunch. I thought he would understand that and there wouldn't be any problems, even if we didn't win. So, it was not a case of us being strong or that we were going to manhandle him, no that's not the way we are going to do things and that's not the way we are ever going to do things around here."

Whether he believes that there are people in the locker room that want Owens to come back:

"I can't get into every guys head and think what he is going to say. There may be guys like that, but hopefully they will understand that the decision has been made, whether you agree with it or not. The decision has been made and from here on out it's the Philadelphia Eagles and we are going to push forward with whatever it is. [Head coach] Andy [Reid] made the decision and like I told you guys after the Washington game, whatever decision he made, we are going to roll with it and make work."

Whether he felt the need to say something to the team on Wednesday:

"We understand what is going on. Donovan, I'm pretty sure made it clear to those guys on offense and in so many words, we made it clear on the defense what we are going to do and what we need to do."

On how much of what has been going on with Owens affected what the play of the defense:

"This is not, ‘lets dump all on Terrell' bashing session. A lot of this stuff we can do better. We can make more plays defensively. We have to get off the field and that has nothing to do with what is going on there. We have to make plays and tackle better. That is something that we control and will control. We have to play better and we have to do the things we need to do as a team in order to get us back to where we need to be and making this push."

On what he thinks the coach's role is in dealing with the players now:

"Andy has always been the same and I don't see that changing. He does not particularly show his emotions. He's going to give you whatever it is you need to hear, especially you guys, what he wants you to hear. When it comes to us, he speaks and tells us what we need to hear in order to get ready for the next game and not worry about situations out of this place. You know what you are going to get from him and that does not change. I don't care what the situation is."

On when his latest effort to deal with Owens was:

"I am not going to get into details about specific things and specific times."

Whether he would call Owens a good or bad teammate:

"He's a good teammate, he's a good person, it's just the things he chooses to say sometimes are the things that bother you and that you don't understand."

On what he said to Owens after he spoke to ESPN last Thursday:

"I'm not going to get into that."

On how much he respects the way that Donovan handled this whole situation:

"He's a leader. That has not changed and that will not change. He is always going to be the guy that other guys look to for being one of the leaders on this team. He's handled this situation as well – I am not saying that everything he may have said in the beginning was right, but he's handled this thing as well as someone could handle it, throughout it all. He's still going to be a guy that we are going to lean on in crunch situations to make plays for us and believe that he is going to get it done."

Whether he believes the Eagles should have known that this would eventually happen with Owens:

"Just like the question that was asked earlier, we believed that was not going to be the case. We believed he was going to come here, understand what we have here, understand the guys we have, the way we run things and he was going to buy into it, abide by it and we were going to flow with the team and have a lot of victories together. It didn't happen. On the field and on the practice field he was one of the hardest workers that there will ever be, but like I said, some of the things he chooses to say, kind of alienated the quarterback like that. Those are the things that you don't understand and you cannot just sweep under the rug."

On why he believed Owens would not be a problem:

"In sitting down and talking with him not just at the Pro Bowl, but when he got here and developing a relationship with him. I just kind of thought that that would be the case."

On whether he could put a finger on what the problem was:

"I am not going to get into that."

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