Redskins' receivers to join Donovan McNabb for "hell week"

The Redskins will open training camp in Ashburn, Virginia, on July 29, but Donovan McNabb and some of his teammates are getting a head start.

Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that receivers Devin Thomas, Santana Moss and Malcolm Kelly are among the players who have accepted McNabb’s invitation to spend this week in Arizona for an intense series of workouts in the desert heat.

“I think it’s important for the specialists on the offense to have that chemistry, to have that bond,” McNabb said, “where they can trust me and I can trust them.”

McNabb calls the workouts — which he also did with teammates in Philadelphia — “hell week.”

“It’s a different mindset,” McNabb said. “I prepare guys the way I prepare.”

For some players, a week of relaxation might make more sense than a week of hell right before the start of camp, but Thomas is among those expressing excitement at the opportunity to get extra work in.

“Can’t nothing but good come out of the situation when you go out and work out with your quarterback before the season starts,” Thomas said. “It’s a great time to build that chemistry without the coaches being there. You just get a little of that extra bonding time to lead into training camp.”

59 responses to “Redskins' receivers to join Donovan McNabb for "hell week"

  1. After a week in Hell, the players will be forced to return to Washington, D.C.
    Unfortunately.

  2. Great change of attitude in DC among the entire team except for one player. Good things are going to happen this year for the Redskins!

  3. Portis should jump up and down and beg to go. Get a head start in the passing game and bonding with the new QB can’t hurt…that’s for sure.

  4. What a great leader
    While old man Favre says “See you in September suckers, can’t wait to choke away all your efforts again”

  5. “Can’t nothing but good come out of the situation when you go out and work out with your quarterback before the season starts,” Thomas said.
    …..Maybe Devin should spend hell week at the Sylvan Learning Center learning English

  6. “Hell Week” to precede “Hell Season” as the Redskins finish last in the division again. Sorry Florio… you should really “no” the Redskins before picking them every year to amount to anything.

  7. @Real Vikings fan
    He did this in Philly. Didn’t make him a great leader.
    As for Favre, it worked well last year, why change?

  8. McFlabb pukes after running around the block… hell week for him must be doing a couple of jumping jacks.

  9. Playing for the Redskins IS 17 weeks of hell.
    But at least we all know the poor souls only have to endure 17 weeks cause playoffs are definitly not a possibility.

  10. Portis will not show, he doesn’t possess the ethic, fiber, or character to do it.
    Prima-Donna

  11. McNabb is a great pro. I regret that he wasn’t traded to a franchise where he could win a championship.

  12. It’s going to be ‘hell’ for the skins’ receivers when they have to catch passes thrown at their feet and behind their backs.

  13. eh..McNabb still can’t deliver in big games..
    The image I can’t get out of my head is this guy dancing like a clown prior to getting destroyed by Dallas…
    6-10 for the Skins’
    Oh and they may want to try a hell month, or two..how much can a mere week of rigorous workouts really change?

  14. @winslow
    Isn’t your comment really a double-edged sword? One could argue that McNabb was with a franchise that could win a championship, but he didn’t deliver.

  15. @thrsts
    As an Eagles fan, no it is not a bad thing that the Redskin WRs go work out with McNabb. But don’t you guys act like this is something magical. He did this for years in Philly. McNabb is McNabb is McNabb.

  16. I wish McNabb all the luck in the world (except for 2 weeks out of the year) But he tried this every year with his teammates in Philly and it never helped his WR’s get much better. I think it was probably good for the RB’s and TE’s though.

  17. ” You guys sprint all over the field and I’ll stand here and throw it at you.” McNabb just wants targets…and props for the invite. Didn’t work so well in Philly…

  18. savagenation says:
    July 18, 2010 1:09 PM
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    …..Maybe Devin should spend hell week at the Sylvan Learning Center learning English
    ————————
    I literally laughed out loud to this comment.

  19. The hell they will realize is when he’s skipping passes off the turf in fron of them.

  20. This will give the Skins receivers valuable practice catching 5 yard passes thrown 90 mph at their ankles.

  21. geo and ozeagle…serious question here.
    outside of TO for one year and Jackson who did he really have as a WR?
    I am not saying that the Skins have the best or even better WR corp but if he can pull something out of them or help them get better then I am all for it.

  22. Campbell used to workout with Cartwright at Campbells moms house. That showed some decent chemistry…
    Mcnabb= huge upgrade.

  23. Even with the Skins revamped OL, McNabb is going to have to run, dodge, scamper (call it whatever you wish) to get the ball out before being rushed or sacked.
    This “hell week” just may be his opportunity to get that mindset into his receivers and teach them to expect a hurried and fast ball. McNabb may be too old to take the merciless beating that Jason Campbell took last season, and he’ll need a very quick delivery to keep the pass rushers from putting him on his back on every play.

  24. “Hell Week” ..what a joke.
    Maybe McFly should spend a week week with the Navy Seals during an actual Hell Week, and maybe then he’d learn to be able to hold his chow down during important games. Then again, he’d probably quit after the first day.
    The thing that rubs me with McNabb is that he trys to come off as this intelligent, hard-working dude and he’s really nothing more than a dufus with little motivation in a physically gifted body – an empty suit, if you will.

  25. The receivers knew Campbell’s Chunky soup when they saw it. That stuff on the ground by Donovan’s feet was not soup.

  26. I am NOT a Redskins fans.
    I will tell you that they have a tremendous leader in McNabb and I have no idea why Philly bailed on him.
    Kolb & Vick are you serious?
    This was far and away the biggest move of the off season and I do wish the Redskins and Donovan well.
    HELL week can only make them stronger.
    Sometimes the QB is blindfolded and takes a snap and throws to where the receiver is supposed to be on a rope and it’s all timing.
    It’s amazing to watch.

  27. As a lifelong Eagles fan, I have watched each and every game that McNabb has played as a professional. He seemed fearless and willing to do whatever it took to win in the begginning of his career. His arm was great, accuracy poor. As the years went by, his “will to win” drastically declined. I am not sure what the cause was,but you could see the quit in his eyes and in his body language in all those NFC championship games he came up so short in. He underthrows and overthrows wide open recievers. He holds on to the ball way too long trying to make something happen. He no longer has the ability to run. Sure he is an upgrade over Campbell, but with the very below average O line in front of him in Washington, I would expect much of the same. He will have some good games, but the fact remains the man is a quitter.

  28. # PolegoJim says: July 18, 2010 1:41 PM
    Portis will not show, he doesn’t possess the ethic, fiber, or character to do it.
    Prima-Donna
    Yeah, if Portis actually did show up most Redskin players might believe his determination this year is for real.

  29. Funny watching Eagles fans trying to diminish the guy who made them relevent after years of suckitude. At least Favre acted like a total douche and earned his ticket out of Green Bay and the ridicule of his longtime fans. The Eagles fans are saying whatever they have to in order to make themselves feel better about hving pissed away a guy who won alot of games for them in favor of some guy who will likely be holding a clipboard the rest of his career after his 15 minutes are up after this season. Eagles will finish dead last in that division this year. Wonder what Kolb will be doing while Mcnabb and his recieving corps are working their asses off?

  30. “Funny watching Eagles fans trying to diminish the guy who made them relevent after years of suckitude. At least Favre acted like a total douche and earned his ticket out of Green Bay and the ridicule of his longtime fans. The Eagles fans are saying whatever they have to in order to make themselves feel better about hving pissed away a guy who won alot of games for them in favor of some guy who will likely be holding a clipboard the rest of his career after his 15 minutes are up after this season. Eagles will finish dead last in that division this year. Wonder what Kolb will be doing while Mcnabb and his recieving corps are working their asses off?”
    – Believe me, real Eagles fans do appreciate the quality football that has been provided for the past 10 years, despite the lack of a superbowl ring. My point is that man comes up small in the biggest moments of his career. Let us recap. He throws the game changing INT in his first NFC championship game against St. Louis. He throws multiple game changing INTs in both NFC title games against Carolina and Tampa. He does the same in the superbowl. I still have visions of him on the sideline with a towel over his head, with the look of defeat when the the game was still winable. Finally against Arizona in the championship game, he gets the opportunity every QB dreams of, the ball in his hands, close to midfield, with the opportunity to win the game, he once again comes up short. Need I say more?

  31. # savagenation says: July 18, 2010 1:09 PM
    “Can’t nothing but good come out of the situation when you go out and work out with your quarterback before the season starts,” Thomas said.
    …..Maybe Devin should spend hell week at the Sylvan Learning Center learning English
    ———————–
    Winner. I was going to give it to grant, but this was one post later, and thrice as funny.
    I imagine hell week will end up with the same results as when the Steelers promised to “Unleash Hell” last season.
    Seriously, why piss off god?

  32. And it begins….Donnie Boy has pulled out his pre-camp leadership handbook once again, and when he gives his camp first press conference he will let everyone know how much of a leader he is. Then when it comes time to lead during actual games, games with everything on the line, he will evaporate….Or perhaps Donnie Boy thinks the Skins will have alot of tight games, and he wants to go over the OT rules with his offense…….

  33. rickvaldez says:
    July 18, 2010 2:52 PM
    Trash McNabb all you want. He’s a much needed upgrade over Campbell.
    According to the numbes, he is a very small improvement. According to skins fans they went from Jamarcus Russell to Joe Montana.

  34. @TheToolofTools
    You wondered why Philly bailed on him. It was time for him to go.
    As for leadership, he gave that up during the whole TO fiasco when he didn’t tell TO to GF himself. Kevin Kolb has shown more leadership since he has been named starter than McNabb has shown for the last few years.

  35. @BigMikeSkinsFan
    Not sure why you are bringing up TO and DeSean. It seems that the comparison is more akin to a the current Redskin WR corps and the McNabb corps of yesteryear. As I said, it isn’t a bad thing that they make the pilgrimage to Arizona to practice. However, treating this as news and evidence of his leadership is overstated.

  36. @CaptainFantastic
    You ask what Kevin Kolb is doing. He is in Philly working. Of course, you could have asked what is Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning or Drew Brees etc, etc, etc. They just choose not to make it an event.
    As for Eagles fans saying what they need to say to make themselves feel better, it seems to me it wasn’t the fans who made the decision to trade McNabb but rather the Eagles brass. So they felt that trading McNabb and starting Kolb would be in the best interest of the team. I think they know more than you.

  37. As a died-in-the-wool Eagles fan, he’s always made mediocre receivers better.
    Having said that, the only thing that will cause my white flag to fly would be a signing of Vincent Jackson.

  38. “@winslow
    Isn’t your comment really a double-edged sword? One could argue that McNabb was with a franchise that could win a championship, but he didn’t deliver.”
    Andy Reid doesn’t believe in establishing a running game, which basically put McNabb where Elway was pre-Terrell Davis. The knock on Elway for a decade was that he “didn’t deliver”. He played brilliantly, but you need the right coach and supporting cast. When he finally got them, Elway won Super Bowls. No team has won a championship using Reid’s run/pass ratio, regardless of who played qb.
    The 49ers should have traded for McNabb. They’re a team without a qb, and he’s a qb without a team.

  39. All ya’ll who are talking trash about Portis, theRedskins and McNabb need to shut the hell up.. I mean seriously the Oline is still bad? Are you kidding me, wake up, we totally revamped it and its a huge upgrade! HTTR!

  40. @winslow
    Did you know that the Eagles have been above average in rushing yards more years than the Patriots since Reid has come to town? So let’s ask the question. If Brady had been QB in Philly would they have won a SB? Don’t know, but maybe he would have delivered one. But as I said one could argue that McNabb didn’t deliver.

  41. @ winslow
    McNabb was in a very different situation than Elway before TD came along. McNabb had a top 5 offensive line year in and year out; Elway had swiss cheese. McNabb didn’t have the greatest WRs but he had some pretty good TEs and of course the best receiving RB in the league, Brian Westbrook. Elway had the 3 amigos and Sammy Winder. McNabb also played in a vibrant passing offense that gave him tons of opportunities to make plays. Elway was forced to take 7 step drops – frequently getting pummeled on step 6 – by Dan Reeves’ primitive offense.

  42. Its called “hell-week” cause the wrs are gonna have a helluva time catchin all the low balls mcnabb throws….(no homo)

  43. @ raw B
    Forget numbers and actually watch Campbell play a game when he is needed most he either holds the ball way to long and gets crushed or looks at Moss the whole time. Whats numbers tell you?? He dumps the ball off 90% of the time.

  44. More McNabb bull crap. In Philly McNabb never stayed to workout at the complex, Kolb did. In a real practice facility not McNabb’s 5 million dollor mansion. McNabb also invites guys from other teams down. All in all they will lift a little, throw a little and will call it a day by noon. Party time at the pool, followed by a nice dinner. Hell of a week.

  45. McNabb was not a great leader in Philadelphia? One Super Bowl and 5 NFC Championship games? Are you freaking kidding Viking fan?

  46. Good thing they’re all on board with it. They need all the practice they can get. While they’re at it, they should throw in some English classes and show Moss how to punch.

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