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Trying to just relax
Posted: Tuesday March 16, 1999 03:34 PM
Click here if you have a question for Donovan McNabb. He'll answer a question or two in each week's diary entry.
There are just a couple of weeks left leading up to the NFL Draft, and while I'm still working out, I'm glad this is a time when I can just relax and have some fun. Last week, I met with the Bengals and Seahawks, and I thought everything went well.
It would definitely be exciting to play in Mike Holmgren's offense in Seattle -- just watching Green Bay as they won their championship with Brett Favre, I can remember visualizing myself in that role and thinking I could add another dimension to the offense. In Cincinnati's case, they already have a few veteran quarterbacks there in Neil O'Donnell and Jeff Blake, but if it were to happen that they took me in the draft, I'd still go in there and visualize myself as the starter there and try to open up some eyes. Some of the big quarterbacks in the draft are still having workouts with teams, but it's starting to be a wait-and-see type period -- these last few weeks will go by fast.
I've gotten a lot of questions asking if I can be a drop-back passer in the NFL -- most people think of a drop-back passer as someone who throws the ball 30 or 40 times a game. But if you throw it only 20 times a game and your completion percentage and your accuracy are there, is it really any different?
I think all quarterbacks should just be known as quarterbacks -- if someone is able to use their feet as well as their arm, it shouldn't take anything away from their game. If you drop back five or seven steps and all you can do is drop back, you're going to find Bruce Smith or Derrick Thomas coming at you and dropping you for a sack. If you're able to move around and maybe pick up a first down running, there's nothing wrong with that. Teams don't bring up that question anymore -- I've worked hard to eliminate those concerns. In the postseason games and workouts, I've had the chance to erase some of the criticisms.
If you had a chance to pick any veteran quarterback to train you in the NFL, who would it be? -- Matt Kohashi, Arlington, Va.
I don't think there's just one, but if I had to choose, I'd say it would be Warren Moon. With all that he's been through and the things he's been able to accomplish, I think I could learn a lot from him, and would be very beneficial to me. I had a chance to meet him at the Super Bowl this year -- we didn't get to talk much beyond a "Hello, how are you?" but it was nice to meet him.
You had some memorable games in college -- against Miami in 1998, you were almost unbelievable. Was that your most memorable game, or was there another game that sticks out more in your mind? -- Joe Joseph, Deltona, Fla.
That was a good one, but the Virginia Tech game in 1998 is probably my favorite. We were down 21-6 at halftime, came back and took the lead, then were trailing again in the last minute and had to drive for a touchdown to win. We converted a fourth down at midfield and wound up having one shot at the end zone -- we got the winning touchdown as time expired and the home crowd was great. That was really something special for all of us.
Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb is expected to be a high first-round draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft in April. Check back each week for another draft diary from him at CNNSI.com.
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