Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb (still looks like a misprint) joined ESPN 980 in D.C. to talk about how the transition's going. McNabb basically said he was trying to "erase" the past 11 seasons in Philly and focus on his future with the Redskins. Thanks to sportsradiointerviews.com for pointing me to this interview.
McNabb was asked to compare Mike Shanahan's offense to the one he ran in Philadelphia and I thought he gave a pretty interesting answer:
"The difference is it is really not the West Coast offense," told the Sport Fix show. "Every coach has their own form of the West Coast offense. There are some things that are different verbiage-wise. Here in this offense you are pretty much telling the receivers what route they are running. Also the protection of the line is different. So offensively for a quarterback, there is big change. When you have been a part of an offense for 11 years and now try to absorb a newer offense and concepts and what the mindset of these coaches have, it is tough. It is tough, but I have just been trying to put in that extra time, communicating with these coaches and just make sure when once we hit training camp, I have a better grasp and a better feel of what we like to do here."
I honestly believe the whole blocking scheme angle is really an underrated topic. McNabb spent so much time with offensive tackles Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan over the years that he knew exactly where they would be on each play. He'll now have to adjust to a rookie playing at left tackle and either Stephon Heyer or Artis Hicks playing on the right side. And keep in mind that those players are also trying to learn Shanahan's scheme.
That's why I'm a bit reluctant to simply hand the Redskins six or seven extra wins this season based on McNabb's arrival. You guys have the same concerns or do you think I'm overreacting?