McNabb quickly impressed with work ethic in Washington

Donovan McNabb was seeking a fresh attitude and a new start with the Washington Redskins and it didn’t take him long to find that. He senses a real buzz about the franchise with new leadership in place in coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.

McNabb has hit the ground running this week with his new team and talked about getting to work with his new teammates when he visited with John Thompson and Rick “Doc” Walker on ESPN 980 in Washington.

“One thing that I’ve tried to take pride in is making sure that I can bring guys together and to inspire them to want to work, to want to get extra work out with each guy,” McNabb said, per “If it’s the linebackers, take the linebackers out and go over different schemes. If it’s the whole defense, be able to do that well together. And then look on the other side of the field and for the offense over there throwing routes, running backs working on chemistry and timing and running through the holes.

“When you do that, where it’s not organized, it’s not mandatory and the guys are willing to put the time in, good things happen. You get good results. Just working with the guys this morning, I saw a lot of that. I saw a lot of the attitude shift. I’ve seen a lot of the guys excited about just everything around right now: Shanahan coming in, a new offense, a new defense, guys feel like it’s a fresh start. And I’m inspired by that.”

McNabb fully understands the competitive nature of the NFC East. The Redskins still could be picked last by most in the division, but he believes the work now can pay off.

“A lot of times, when you see teams who go through consistent losing seasons, you would automatically think that these guys just don’t care,” he said. “Coming into the facility this morning at about 7:30 in the morning to workout, you are seeing about 25 guys in the weight room, 25 guys out on the practice field. They are not just out there to get it over with and relax the rest of the day. These guys are trying to get better.”

They’ve got a long ways to go.

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