"I think a lot of things that we tried to get accomplished – some of our goals in Mankato – I think we just about got everything done that we wanted to get done," Frazier said.
With almost ideal weather conditions for the majority of the camp, Frazier said he was surprised how quickly things came together and how the time flew by.
"It seems like it went so fast," Frazier said. "There was so much going on, especially in those early days adjusting to a new training camp schedule. It does feel like it has really flown by, but the good thing is we were able to get a lot of confidence and that's what you're at training camp for."
Frazier had some concerns heading into training camp that there may have been some animosity from the players over the lockout, but many players said they were uninformed about the particulars as the deal came closer to being finalized. However, Frazier was pleasantly surprised how focused the players were and how quickly they were able to incorporate the new offense on the fly.
"The fact that they were able to adapt early on and not have any complaints or worrying or moaning," Frazier said. "They jumped in with both feet and have been enthusiastic since Day One. It's been very impressive. I didn't know what to expect coming in – if they were going to bitter about the lockout – but that has not been the case. The attitude has been terrific and it gets me excited, along with the staff, about the future."
Quarterback Donovan McNabb agreed, saying that the offense took its first formative steps to getting the 2011 season underway, preparing for both the preseason opener Saturday and the regular-season opener Sept. 11.
"It was very competitive," McNabb said. "Guys have been helping each other on both sides of the ball, just making sure the guys are in the right position. We've been making a lot of plays on the offensive side. Now we just can't wait for a game situation and get adjusted to that mode. This is the exciting time we've all been waiting for during the lockout. Now that we're here, we're very excited."
Frazier said that his first training camp as head coach exceeded expectations, but added that the two weeks in Mankato were just the first baby steps to where the team needs to get as it attempts to return to the playoffs following a disappointing 6-10 season.
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