Brian Westbrook from Mini Camp
Eagles pro-bowl running back Brian Westbrook spoke to reporters after practice about his emerging role as a team leader.
"I can do it", Westbrook said. "I just try to be a little more vocal and let the guys know that I support them and want them to do the best they can. I try to show them by example as well".
Donovan McNabb's absence since week 11 last season has significantly altered Westbrook's role on the team. Westbrook has stepped into the prominent leadership role on the offense while McNabb focused on his rehab. "I try to give the guys a little push that they would normally get from Donovan", Westbrook claimed.
Aside from his new leadership responsibilities, Westbrook became the primary offensive threat under the post-McNabb offense last season. With Jeff Garcia under center for the Eagles' two playoff games, Westbrook rushed for 257 yards and 3 TDs. With McNabb returning to the helm in 2007, Westbrook wants to continue running the ball as he did at the end of the 2006 season. "If they allow us to run the ball a little bit, we'll continue to show people that we're one of the elite teams ay running the ball in this league".
Although Westbrook is not excited about the grueling training camp at Lehigh, he brings a winning attitude to the 2007 season. On the winning culture within the Eagles organization, Westbrook said, "I think it starts at the top, and that's Mr. Lurie and Andy Reid. They want us to know that the goal is the Super Bowl, and along the way we'll get the NFC Championship and the NFC East title...Win a Super Bowl. That's our goal".