No stopping rumors, Eagles' McNabb

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler's arrival in Chicago effectively ended any speculation about Donovan McNabb finishing his career with his hometown Bears.....or did it?

"That will never stop," McNabb chuckled on Wednesday.

There also seems to be no stopping McNabb, who has rebounded nicely after a halftime benching last season by coach Andy Reid. The 11-year veteran has thrown 12 touchdown passes to just four interceptions this season despite missing two games because of a rib injury. But the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three of five, and are without star running back Brian Westbrook (concussion).

Despite facing a very inconsistent Bears defense, the veteran quarterback is taking little for granted.

"I see a defense that really flies around the ball and has some great athletes," McNabb said. "I still see Tommie Harris shooting off the ball and being a force. I see [Adewale] Ogunleye and [Mark] Anderson coming off the corner, and their linebackers flowing around. Even though they are missing Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and their secondary guys are getting their hands on some footballs."

Maybe the Bears are getting their hands on some footballs, but they're not taking them away. Lovie Smith's team ranks 26th in turnover ratio (-5), while Philadelphia is second (+10). That's a scary statistic when you consider how much difficulty the offense has had protecting the football the past few weeks.