The day that Donovan McNabb arrived at Redskins Park to attend his own introductory press conference, he began his day with a work out in the wee hours. Already McNabb was setting an example and looking to lead the way as the new leader of the offense. The next day after working out, he threw some passes to his new wide receivers and tight ends.
Chris Cooley is a good friend of Jason Campbell, but he had nothing but ringing endorsements for McNabb.
“Donovan’s outstanding. It feels like he’s been here for a couple of years,” tight end Chris Cooley said. “Instantly, he’s a leader. Instantly, he knows what it takes to have a team together. He’s talked with all the guys, fits in extremely well.”
If that’s not enough. One of the recieves who has had a rather slow development on this team had more good things to say about the veteran quarterback.
“Right away, it’s almost like he’s been here. It’s almost like he got the playbook when we got it,” receiver Malcolm Kelly said. “It’s crazy because he knows everything. He already knows the concepts and things like that and he’s just been here two or three days. You can tell the way he carries himself and the way he is on the field that he has a lot of confidence. And that spreads to the rest of the guys out there on the field.”
This last quote by Kelly speaks volumes. We spent all offseason wondering how this team will adapt to the new playbook. It is reassuring for Skins fans to know that their new quarterback has some familiarity with the schemes and will be able to help tutor and bring along his teammates. It is all about getting better and I honestly feel like McNabb wants to help his teammates get better. That is what a leader is.