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Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:37 am
Edited on: October 23, 2011 11:40 am
Did McNabb struggle with the offense in Minnesota, too? (AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder makes his first start today, replacing the eminently replaceable Donovan McNabb who, in just over a year, has been benched for a retread (Rex Grossman) and now a rookie. At some point, it isn't the situation, or the offense or the other players -- it's McNabb.

Whatever the reason for the falloff, the results have been the same the last two seasons: McNabb on the sidelines wearing a baseball hat and looking like he can't believe his luck. Well, if the report from NFL Network's Michael Lombardi is any indication, this has nothing to do with good fortune and almost everything to do with preparation.

"McNabb is at a point in his career that he does not seem to want to put in the time, willing to show up late for meetings and practice, and expects to just play well," Lombardi Friday. "He failed to really grasp the offense in Minnesota (as he did in Washington), having trouble spitting the plays out quickly -- which meant the play sheet on his arm got bigger and bigger. It did not take long before McNabb's lack of commitment was seen by the older players, causing them to understand that a move had to be made."

Lombardi reiterated this again Sunday morning on NFL GameDay Morning.

"Really, it's just the tip of the iceberg. Donovan hasn't really been putting the time in to be the great player. What happened in Washington -- the lack of work habits -- has now gone into Minnesota.

"And what I was told by people in the Vikings organization was that he's the last one in the building, he's the first one gone, he's not willing to put the time in, late for meetings, late for practice. So they have basically thrown up their hands and said we need to move on because ultimately that's not what we want in a quarterback. … If you go back and talk to people in Philadelphia they'll say there were questionable work habits."

And that leads to this: why would the Redskins give up a second-round pick -- in the division -- for a guy they knew wasn't willing to work? And worse: why would the Vikings do the same thing an offseason later?

"The reality of the situation," Lombardi said Sunday, "is that Minnesota knew this (about McNabb). Bill Musgrave, the offensive coordinator, and (Redskins head coach) Mike Shanahan have a relationship. Before Musgrave took (McNabb) on, they knew exactly what they were getting. They were hoping they could change him. They were hoping that he was going to rekindle his career. But essentially what happened in Minnesota is what happened in Washington."

For what it's worth, Kurt Warner, now working for NFL Network, talked to McNabb who told him that Lombardi's report was 'crazy.' Either way, he's now Ponder's backup.

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Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:32 pm

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

news flash / mcnabb isnt going to go to the hall of fame / no way / no how

*remember when TO said he was outa shape in the super bowl and mcnabb denied it?
  the next yr he showed up 40lbs lighter!

he got traded inside of his own division?
then went to a team "a qb away".
now, its on to the hall?? lol really!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:11 pm

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

I suck at the internet apparently. My post was supposed to be a reply to some dittohead gasbag saying "Rush was right". Without that context the entire thing obviously fell flat. Yes I know Kelly, White, Tarkenton etc were white.
There are plenty of clues that your earlier message was intended primarily as sarcasm, but on a board like this one, on a topic as volatile as racism, you have to go farther overboard than picking half-and-half/black-white or including whites who were more athletic than some of the blacks you named.

After all, we now have a half-and-half/black-white media favorite with below average ability at most of the skills needed for his position in the white house.  That is much more frightening than under/over achievement on the gridiron, IMO.

It really is long past time for us to openly acknowledge that whether people are good at what they do depends a lot more on things besides the race of their great-grandparents.  After all, at least half of the citizens we label "black" have between 30-60% caucasian ancestry.  

BTW, Rush is right about one thing — there are enough bigots in one genre to make a lot of money catering to their prejudices.
Al & Jesse have figured out the same thing on the other side of the coin.

Incidentally, the Al I'm referring to isn't the one who invented the internet (and the profit in trumpeting MMCC).

Sports, and the way we react to them, simply reflects the aversion most of us have to being logical about things were raised to have certain attitudes about. 

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:38 pm

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

Success starts with commitment. Talent + Lack of Commitment = Failure. Walter Payton? Jerry Rice? Who are the idiots who say black people don't have good work ethics? Donovan had his run, and now he is collecting paychecks. Hard to blame him for the temptation, but that's why people leave the game even when they have a little something left to give, because it's all in or not. 
By the way, Rush Limbaugh couldn't pass one semester of college and supposedly he tried, so please don't go around saying he has knowledge or wisdom. I could be wrong, but he doesn't look worthy of mention in any athletic forum. Since his idiocy was referenced, though, I thought I'd mention it.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:31 pm

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O


WTF??!!!! You are out of your freakin' mind if you think Trent Dilfer has a "great football mind". He's a HUGE part of the reason ESPN's NFL Primetime isn't anywhere near the quality show it use to be when Boomer and TJ were hosting it for all those years!!!

You also make the claim that this "great....mind" of his is why he won a ring...... Uh, no, if I remember correctly, it was that all-time great 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense that got him that ring....Good ole Trent was just along for the ride doing absolutely NOTHING but standing up straight. McNabb goes into the hall of fame eons before that dipwad Dilfer ever does...

Your post is about as worthless as Dilfer's career as QB AND, wait, I take it back....your post is more worthless.........

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:41 am

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

...he-he. Yeah !

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:26 am

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

McNabb doesn't have a ring - right?  Aren't QB's judged by THAT stat, first and foremost?  It's a brutal position -- too much credit / too much blame.   Donovan never did deliver that ring.   He was damn good in Philly's system - he is a big time athlete with tons of natural talent.  But QB's judged as "great" OFTEN are less physically talented.   Joe Montana -- NOT a great physical athlete --- a pile of rings.   Terry Bradshaw -- NOT considered a cerebral sample at ALL --- pile of rings.   There are two examples of how championships / legacy and ultimately the impression about the QB come to be.   Donovan showed MUCH promise through much of his career -- but he and the Eagles never got it done --- and to MANY -- that's the bottom line.   The saddest part is that NOW -- it looks like he's just hanging around, going through motions for paychecks --- so MUCH about the final opinion of him will be can he ACCEPT a roll as a backup.  Quit trying to sell people on him coming in and being his old self.   Some make that transition -- like Mark Brunell and Kerry Collins -- some don't / won't (Brett Favre).   Nobody has the RIGHT to say Limbaughs comments so many years ago were "racist" -- except Limbaugh himself.  HE says that he was just making a statement about something which DEALT with unspoken dialog about race in the NFL.  Those parties that didn't want to hear it and didn't know how to argue against it --- played the "race card".  THAT was the truly racist action.  THAT was an injustice that played out and the the victim was villified -- NOT the wrong doers.  But, that is another topic for another website.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:25 am


He is who we thought he is!  *pukes on floor in cube*

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:03 am

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

Nah, It's my bad. I hadn't posted on here in a while. These forums used to be "nested" so when you hit "reply to comment", it fell under it as a response. I didnt realize my responses were going to go at top of thread with no quote for context. Sorry for the confusion and sucking at sportsline.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:56 am

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

man, i must've been going on Yahoo blogs for too long if i can't sniff sarcasm...   my apologies, but at Yahoo, the words Rush and Glenn Beck are as permanent as the constitution itself...

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:54 am

Report: McNabb showed up late, didn't know O

My post actually said exactly what yours does. Get your sarcasm meter checked.

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