Donovan McNabb was formerly introduced today as the Washington Redskins’, presumably, new starting quarterback. McNabb made his way to the podium, shortly after being introduced by Head Coach Mike Shanahan. It was earlier reported that Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen were not in attendance, however, later on it was said Snyder watched the presser from his seat.
Much like the previous press conference held for this new regime, this new era of Washington Redskins Football, the pomp and circumstance was avoided. This was a press conference and not a pageant, displaying Super Bowl trophies of an era long ago. Fitting, because a new era in Washington is quickly taking shape.
Donovan McNabb spoke for under 45 minutes. His answers were short and direct. He did not talk about money, he did not talk about feelings. He did however, express his desire to participate on a team that is a winner, and would like to heavily contribute to what goes on. McNabb described the process and how he found out about the trade on Easter, along with everyone else not Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan, and Andy Reid. McNabb spke fondly of his previous tour in Philadelphia for the Eagles, but stated he intends to play at a high level for the Redskins…in hopes to win a Super Bowl here. McNabb said:
It’s all about winning. I think we have the athletes to do that.
Strong words, yet expected. Donovan McNabb will have plenty to prove, and quite a few skeptics to win over. Some feel he is too old. Some feel he is too prone to injury. McNabb knows this, and appears to be ready to take it head on. On the first day of work, here in Our Nation’s Capital, he was found already working out in the team facility. If there is one thing that he has shown so far, he has shown us that he is eager to get this thing going.