Just when you thought the rumors about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback leaving the team had died down, they have apparently been revived. According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver had a conversation with McNabb on the sidelines during the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants game last Sunday.
According to Oliver, she states that in her in-game report about McNabb yesterday, which said that McNabb “seems to believe that his days in Philadelphia are numbered” and that “he sees an organization distancing itself from him.” When asked about the report in question, McNabb denied he made such statements, adding, “I don’t feel that way. I’ve said I want to be here eight more, nine more years, if that’s possible. We’ll see.”
Here’s the timeline of the conversation, as we know it: Oliver had a brief conversation with McNabb when he and backup QB A.J. Feeley were warming up before the Eagles-Giants game. Oliver said that she made contact with him and asked if he was interested in talking or not. She did the usual “how are you and the year must be difficult” banter, then according to Oliver, McNabb proceeded to provide her with a treasure trove of information that he volunteered, putting his opinion in the conversation, as well.
Oliver added that she “I’m a little shocked and dumbfounded that it has all been denied. I can’t believe it, and I don’t understand it.” Oliver also added that McNabb continued volunteering information about his current situation as she was walking away and thta she actually toned down the report to avoid any kind of controversy. In her report for Fox Sports, she added that, “Everything he said, I’m convinced he meant to say. The wording in my report, I was trying to do him a favor and trying not to cause controversy. The controversy turns out to be him denying the whole thing. He feels wronged by the organization. That was the gist of the conversation. I don’t think that’s news to anybody who has been able to get him away from the microphones. He’s a sensitive person. I guess he needs whatever he needs.”
My take on all of this: Pam Oliver, at least in my opinion, isn’t usually one to do an in-game report and add things to a report just to hear herself talk. Granted, there’s a first time for everything, yet I have this feeling that McNabb did vent to Oliver. And McNabb does have a history of bringing attention to himself, so this development isn’t all that surprising to me at all. Whether the Eagles do in fact release/trade McNabb is uncertain, but one would think that if you have issues, that you would keep them in-house. If anything, telling a sideline reporter or anyone involved in the printed and/or electronic media can be a risky proposition , depending on the individual in question. But I think that Oliver’s report does in fact have some teeth to it.