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McNabb working overtime to grasp new offense

The Redskins didn't have any practices scheduled for Friday or this weekend, but they'll be back at Redskins Park on Monday for another round of organized team activities (OTAs). And that means they'll continue learning a new offense.

It hasn't always been easy, and even though quarterback Donovan McNabb came from a West Coast system in Philadelphia, there's a slow learning curve for him, too. During an appearance Friday afternoon on ESPN 980's "The Sports Fix," McNabb didn't say the adjustment has been more difficult than he anticipated, but conceded that "it's tough."

"I didn't come in with the mindset, thinking it would be easy or it would be a problem," he said. "I was coming in like I was just drafted and I had to spend my time and put the effort in in order for us to be successful."

That's meant a lot of studying, both at Redskins Park and at home during his time off.

"Every coach has their own form of West Coast offense," McNabb said. "There are some things that are different verbiage-wise. You know, here in this offense, you're pretty much telling everyone what routes they're running. Also the protection is a lot different. So offensively for a quarterback, there is big change."

McNabb spent much more time this offseason around his team than he's needed to in years past. It's like an extended boot camp, as he tries to grasp what his new coaches expect of him.

"When you have been a part of one offense for 11 years and now trying to absorb a new offense and concepts and the mindset these coaches have, it's tough," he said. "It's tough, but I have just been trying to put in that extra time, communicating with these coaches and just make sure once we hit training camp, I have a better grasp and a
better feel of what we like to do here."

By Rick Maese  |  June 4, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

moo

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 4, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Study hard my little padawan

Posted by: WRBD | June 4, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Why must you be an sjkhole about the whole thing anyway. You and I don't agree on this but you keep coming back with snide comments directed at me when responding to others.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | June 4, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse


C'mon lh, you know I went to law school.
It's not personal, being an sjk just comes with the territory...that's all. It's what they train you to be.

Anyways, boys, peace and good health.

Until tomorrow, when I log back in and encourage the blog with more stats and sjk-hole argumentation.

Posted by: p1funk | June 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I know you say you went to law school but I'm not convinced of this either.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | June 4, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

nate, it's tough stuff being a PST hamster during EST commute on a Friday.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 4, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

He works hard for the money so you better treat him right.

Posted by: Corvis777 | June 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, moo man.

I was going to say something about why I consider Carlos Rogers to be our best cornerback, but if p1funk is closing up his law office for the day, why bother?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 4, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Yep moodly, not too many people to harass.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

A new year, a new offense. Nothing new about that.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 4, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Then who is going to run Night Court?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | June 4, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

On the D Hall and CR22 debate, the real issue is how the DBs work together as a unit. Hall and Rogers both have significant flaws, but if the group plays well together, those flaws won't be serious.

For exmple, when Rogers loses a guy on a double move, expecting the FS to be back there, its OK if the FS is back there. On the version of the movie I've been watching, usually I see Rogers and Landry looking at each other while some guy in another uniform is crossing the goal.

I suspect it bothers the coaches that Reed Doughty was probably the best DB we had last year -- even though he's not close in talent to the others. That DBs need to work better as a group. Much better.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 4, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RomoLongballs | June 4, 2010 6:45 PM

seems like the schedule tilts more toward Judge Judy.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 4, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

For exmple, when Rogers loses a guy on a double move, expecting the FS to be back there, its OK if the FS is back there. On the version of the movie I've been watching, usually I see Rogers and Landry looking at each other while some guy in another uniform is crossing the goal.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 4, 2010 7:00 PM |

Sad but true

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

oj oj oj oj atogwe oj atogwe
oj oj atogwe


oj atogwe


oj atogweoj atogweoj atogwe!

Posted by: dmlopez1 | June 4, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I love it when people come up here and start toting some guy that just got released like they're the one component missing from a Super Bowl bound contender.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey dm, are you having an orgasm? OJ knockin' the bottom out of ya?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a Republican, but even I miss those Clinton years."


New Poll:

Select the president with the best lot of crap to have to deal with.

a. Carter--'end of disco,' 'New York City tanking,' Hostages in Iran

b. Reagan--Iran/Contra, drug war, Russia

c. Bush I--cleaning up Reagan's sh!t.

d. Clinton--oral sex, impeachment, fixing the economy, heart issues

e. Bush II--where do I begin? (911, Katrina, invading wrong country, torture, Dick Chaney, 'Brownie,' etc.)

f. Obama--oil spill, suck azzed economy, being called a racist by white dudes, healthcare people wanted until they got it.


Moe goes with 'd' Clinton.

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

New Poll:

Select the president with the best lot of crap to have to deal with.

a. Carter--'end of disco,' 'New York City tanking,' Hostages in Iran

b. Reagan--Iran/Contra, drug war, Russia

c. Bush I--cleaning up Reagan's sh!t.

d. Clinton--oral sex, impeachment, fixing the economy, heart issues

e. Bush II--where do I begin? (911, Katrina, invading wrong country, torture, Dick Chaney, 'Brownie,' etc.)

f. Obama--oil spill, suck azzed economy, being called a racist by white dudes, healthcare people wanted until they got it.


Moe goes with 'd' Clinton.

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM

Hmmmm.

f Obama indeed. But seriously, Clinton's was the only one that was mostly caused by his own actions.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Moe goes with 'd' Clinton.

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM

Hmmmm.

f Obama indeed. But seriously, Clinton's was the only one that was mostly caused by his own actions.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse
scamp, was the "hmmmmm" said tongue in cheek, errr, well you know what I mean.

Posted by: frediefritz | June 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, but the hmmmm was me contemplating whether I should actually reply given my afforementioned vow to refrain from political discussions up here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 4, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM


Mostly true. While she was definitely fat, I don't think Monica was ugly though...she wasn't nearly hot enough to gamble your family on, but certainly not embarrassing when you pass the details of your, um, "exploits" to your boys. On a scale of 1-10, I thought she was about a 7.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 4, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

oj atogwe

Posted by: dmlopez1 | June 4, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

FIN

Posted by: dmlopez1 | June 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I see a new RI beef has been borned on this slow day on a Friday in June......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 4, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dmlopez1 | June 4, 2010 8:48 PM

lopez... on account of your lobbying up here on RI, the football gods have listened.

Evan Silva from PFT has proclaimed the following rumor:

"The Vikings, Cowboys, 49ers, Eagles, and Dolphins are not expected to pursue Atogwe. The Rams, Redskins, and Lions seem to have varying levels of interest."

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/04/vikings-formally-opt-out-of-atogwe-bidding/

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 4, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM |

So Mr. Know-it-all, tell us more - like about the time when the world knew nothing about you getting scraped at home by an ugly, fat babe. And the only thing that was golden was the fillings in her cavities. And I don't mean orifice cavities. Heh, heh.

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 4, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 4, 2010 7:54 PM |

So Mr. Know-it-all, tell us more - like about the time when the world knew nothing about you getting scraped at home by an ugly, fat babe. And the only thing that was golden was the fillings in her cavities. And I don't mean orifice cavities. Heh, heh.

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 4, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

lopez... on account of your lobbying up here on RI, the football gods have listened.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 4, 2010 8:55 PM |

The fart gods were listening also and they were not amused. They were expecting less volume and more odor.

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 4, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

McNabb - I have just been trying to put in that extra time, communicating with these coaches and just make sure once we hit training camp, I have a better grasp and a better feel of what we like to do here.

AH -

McNabb - coin from Skins ~ $10 M

AH - coin from Skins ~ $40 M

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 4, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

For you Maddenheads out there:

Saints lead Madden ratings again
Posted by Mike Florio on June 4, 2010 9:06 PM ET
Last year, the New Orleans Saints had the most potent overall rating in the Madden video game franchise, with a 94.

This year, the defending Super Bowl champs have faded by two points, to 92. But they're still the best of the bunch.

Gamespot.com has the entire list.

The Colts are second again, one spot behind the Saints, dropping from 93 to 91.

The Cardinals made the biggest drop, from 87 to 79, due in large part to the retirement of Kurt Warner. And the Donovan McNabb trade resulted in last year's 16 point gap between the Eagles and the Redskins to plummet by 12, with the Eagles dropping from 86 to 80 and the Redskins jumping from 70 to 76.

The game will be released on August 11.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the TO-fest on NFL Total Access...call me crazy, but it seems to me TO is a different guy. Sounds much more humble and low key than I've ever heard him. Perhaps having a mediocre year in Buffalo (at least by his standards) and now having everyone in the league passing on him in free agency has finally mellowed him out. If so, the Skins could do a heckuva lot worse at WR...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 4, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Anytime the world knows you got a hummer while at work from an ugly, fat babe and you keep your wife and job, you are golden.

Posted by: MistaMoe

I remember when the story broke. My first reaction? FINALLY, some good news about Jewish women.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 4, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

While she was definitely fat, I don't think Monica was ugly though...she wasn't nearly hot enough to gamble your family on, but certainly not embarrassing when you pass the details of your, um, "exploits" to your boys. On a scale of 1-10, I thought she was about a 7.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 4, 2010 8:44 PM

A 7? SMH. But you were one of the guys up here complaining about that Fox chick's thumb.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | June 4, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Just finished catching up on the last 5 posts...

When is everyone going to learn that p1funk has a man crush on AH and especially Angelina Hall.

I actually like p1 but he must watch the game with his pants down by his ankles to defend either guy.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 5, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Just finished catching up on the last 5 posts...

When is everyone going to learn that p1funk has a man crush on AH and especially Angelina Hall.

I actually like p1 but he must watch the game with his pants down by his ankles to defend either guy.

Posted by: Diesel44


Cute.

If Hall is "DeAngelina" then Carlos is most definitely CarHOES the way he gets pimped and b*tched on the dub move on the regular.

HaHa... those posts must've took you like a whole min to read -- I'm talkin' the hood minute, btw, which reminds me.... what time does the motherlovin' game start dis Sunday, Diesel44?

Me myself, I co-sign with some muthauckin' 750 credit (which I have -- about, no doubt, doubt all you want haters) with the homie p1funk -- which goes to show that you can disagree with someone an entirely differently subject (Landry & Wall/Turner) but can agree on another (Haynesworth & Hall)....

F all the p1funk haters (on the Hall/Rogers debate) and F all the Carlos Rogers backers... nothin' personal, just how I see it...And based on the facts that are presented..

but who gives a damn about those, this is after all, 'Redskins Insider'...

Posted by: RedDMV | June 5, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Red-

If you're using Los as the bar to measure Hall with then you're right...Hall is the world's tallest midget.

As far as profootballfocus which is the "metric" that p1 references then you should ask him to hit the OVERALL tab which has Los ranked higher than Hall.

Either way I don't care because when I go to a bar I don't argue over which of the 2 ugly chicks in the corner of the bar is hotter....But by all means continue to swim in the pool that you're comfortable in.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 5, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Just watched the TO-fest on NFL Total Access...call me crazy, but it seems to me TO is a different guy. Sounds much more humble and low key than I've ever heard him. Perhaps having a mediocre year in Buffalo (at least by his standards) and now having everyone in the league passing on him in free agency has finally mellowed him out. If so, the Skins could do a heckuva lot worse at WR...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 4, 2010 10:09 PM
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Okay, I'm going with with your first sentence and just calling you crazy. TO is one of the biggest chameleons out there. He can sound like the ultimate team player in the spring and by autumn he will be throwing his quarterback, running back, offensive line and head coach under the bus. Now, unlike earlier in his career, he can't make his contribution on the field almost worth the grief he gives. No thanks. Sincere sounding? That's just the chameleon talking...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 5, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Either way I don't care because when I go to a bar I don't argue over which of the 2 ugly chicks in the corner of the bar is hotter....But by all means continue to swim in the pool that you're comfortable in.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 5, 2010 1:09 AM
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Okay, so you're saying you take both of the ugly chicks back to your house - then you go swimming? Is "swimming" a metaphor for something else? And just what do you tell the ugly chicks in the morning? And why do you call one of them Carlos? Man, I am just confused by your whole post...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 5, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Either way I don't care because when I go to a bar I don't argue over which of the 2 ugly chicks in the corner of the bar is hotter....But by all means continue to swim in the pool that you're comfortable in.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 5, 2010 1:09 AM
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Okay, so you're saying you take both of the ugly chicks back to your house - then you go swimming? Is "swimming" a metaphor for something else? And just what do you tell the ugly chicks in the morning? And why do you call one of them Carlos? Man, I am just confused by your whole post...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 5, 2010 2:56 AM
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And the tallest midget? When does she come into the pool? Does she walk down this hall you keep talking about?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 5, 2010 2:58 AM | Report abuse

"The Vikings, Cowboys, 49ers, Eagles, and Dolphins are not expected to pursue Atogwe. The Rams, Redskins, and Lions seem to have varying levels of interest."

He's such a big-ticket item. A good player, but that kind of money for a safety with average speed -- it's hard to swallow.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 5, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Other thing is, Atogwe's timing is a little off. The four clubs that most needed help at safety got it in first two rounds of the draft -- KC with Eric Berry and Seattle with Earl Thomas, plus Taylor Mays with SF and Nate Allen with the Iggles. The Packers, Bears, and Jints also took safeties in round 3. So there's a certain amount of $$ already committed on those clubs. With the Vikes and Dolphins opting out, it looks like his best option is to sign a 1 year offer with Detroit or even back with the Rams. Washington is a possibility, but if he performs well, do you want him opting for more money elsewhere next season?

I haven't heard Haslett jumping on the bandwagon.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 5, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Here's a Denver player off the table: guard Chris Kuper, 27, just signed with the Broncs for 6 years and a little under $5mil a season. The length of the contract was surprising, but maybe they're trying to lock up Clady and the core of the o-line the way NE did when McDaniels was there. He's more of a run than pass blocker.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 5, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I haven't heard Haslett jumping on the bandwagon.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 5, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse
Well, if Skins are interested, we won't hear a word from Shanny or Haslett until we have him signed. If he is a step up from Doughty, Moore and Horton, I'm all for signing him. I know he has good hands, but I hear he doesn't have a lot of speed. What do you think of him, Samson?

Posted by: frediefritz | June 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

totally off topic, but...

Do you guys think if Revis demands a trade, we could swap Haynesworth for Revis?

ur thoughts..

Posted by: regxjin | June 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

As far as TO, maybe he's jealous he hasn't been asked to join "Dancing with the Stars" that might have humbled him a little, and on another note. I hope that McNabb does well, God knows the Redskins need to get to the Superbowl one day. In fact I might just start looking at Super Bowl Packages for North Texas. Positive Thinking? You bet.

Posted by: rockslingerman | June 6, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

The scary thing is that the new FO isn't currently known to tilt their hand( Ex. Mcnabb trade), so Atogwe can still be in the cards. It would be ideal if he would come down on his asking price, but you have to admit that he a 100% upgrade to anyone that we currently have on the roster! To me, it seems like the Redskins are building for a win now situation as they have done in the past with a little mixture of young guys for the future, so why not go for the gusto in an uncapped season? Whatever the FO decides I am behind them. In Mike I trust!!

Posted by: sirmixx01 | June 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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