Teammates Say McNabb Fitting in Well in Washington

April 8th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Donovan McNabbb joined his new teammates in Washington, and has made a good impression.

Redskin tight-end Chris Cooley remarked that McNabb was working into the system very well early into his induction to the offense.

“Donovan’s outstanding, it feels like he’s been here for a couple years,” Cooley stated “Instantly, he’s a leader. He knows what it takes to have a team together. He’s talking to all the guys, fits in extremely well. I don’t think anyone was worried about his ability to come be the quarterback of this team.”

Cooley’s sentiments were shared with a number of teammates, like wideout Malcolm Kelly, who will try to develop a chemistry with McNabb during training camp.  He says that McNabb’s Pro Bowl selections, NFC Championships and Super Bowl appearances speak volumes in a locker room eager to win.

“He’s a lot more laid back than I expected,” Kelly said. “He’s a cool dude. It brings the pressure of practice down. He’s got a real strong arm and he’s accurate. This guy has won a lot of games, a lot of big games. You have confidence in a guy like that. Even just being out here, being around the offense just for a few days, the things he already knows … [I have] more than enough confidence in him.”

The Redskins not only have a new quarterback in McNabb, but they also have a new offensive mind calling the plays in coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who was with the Houston Texans last year, where the passing game was tops in the NFL.

“A lot of guys are excited,” Cooley said.  “It seems like a very good offense for us … moves guys around quite a bit. I have a ton of opportunity to move around a lot. I would compare it to what [former coach Joe Gibbs] did with the tight end and H-back. The quarterbacks all talk about really liking it. It makes sense as a scheme. You can kind of learn it as an entire scheme. They’ve been successful with it. Hopefully, we can continue the success.”

Kelly believes that the new scheme will make it difficult for opposing defenses to get reads on the receivers, and should open up the field for McNabb.

“Nobody knows which [of the receiver position] we’re going to play. [Receivers coach Keenan McCardell] has us learning all the positions so he can just throw you there at anything and you know what to do,” Kelly said. “It really makes you more of a complete player. It causes matchup problems. You can get lined up against linebackers. The way we line up, it really makes it hard for defenses to cover the wide receivers.”

With the addition of McNabb, USA Online Sportsbooks believes that the Redskins will be a contender for Super Bowl XLV, as they have been set with odds at 28/1.

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