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McNabb thinks he should still be starting

Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:01 pm
McNabb, Ponder

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Donovan McNabb is adamant that he still has plenty of football left inside his 34-year-old body. He’s adamant that he gives the Vikings a better chance to win than Christian Ponder. He thinks he’s still got it.

Although he came off … I don’t know … slightly jerky (but in a polite way) during his interview that ran on the NFL Network on Sunday morning, McNabb is confident that he can still be a starting quarterback somewhere. Probably not in Minnesota, because why would the Vikings go back to McNabb when they’ve got the quarterback of the future who just took his job? But somewhere else maybe.

Yet what about the fact the team was 1-5 with McNabb starting as quarterback? Well, McNabb counters by saying he didn’t turn the ball over and that he was making plays. McNabb -- who, for the record, completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and zero lost fumbles -- also says he couldn’t do it all.

“Everyone focuses on my position,” McNabb told Andrea Kramer. “We should be sitting here, I’ll be honest, at about 4-3 or 5-2.  We had games that we should have won, but we just didn’t. Now is it the quarterback position?”

Well, it’s certainly not all on the quarterback position. And while McNabb was skeptical that Ponder could provide more of a spark than he would (this is where he came off a bit condescending in the interview), he also took offense that outsiders claimed his work ethic left something to be desired.

For example, when Michael Lombardi said the following: "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. 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."

And this: "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."

McNabb was asked if he’d ever been late to a meeting. No, McNabb said. What about a team breakfast?

“Never,” McNabb said.  “But from just people from the outside listening, they’ll say, ‘Oh, you know, sources said that he’s not putting in that time to be a top tier quarterback.’  Well, just come to Minnesota.  Pack up your big jacket and your headwear, and come watch me.”

They’ll have to watch him in practice, though. Because, as we all know, McNabb won’t be doing anything except watching Ponder run the team McNabb thinks he should still be leading.

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Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:30 pm

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

Go throw passes to Bernard Berrian in your backyard Donovan. If the Vikes lose, I'd rather it be with a rookie than with you.  I have never liked McNabb's cockiness and I didn't want it coming to Minnesota.  I thought when Chilly left, so did any chance that we'd have to suffer though it, but I was wrong.  A true team leader doesn't say stuff like McNabb did about it not being his fault.  McNabb needs to quit reliving the past "glory" days and realize that he is not that good without his mobility.  I'm not annointing Ponder as the savior yet because he basically beat an average to below-average Panthers team, but getting any road win in the league is promising.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:17 am

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

Somebody on this board used the term "uninspiring" and they couldn't have hit the nail on the head any better than that. Whereas his overall stats don't scream out that the guy is finished, his lack of results can't be ignored. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:06 am

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

You know what? Maybe he can. Maybe if he gets on the right team he'll flourish. But what he and every other player in the NFL apparently hasn't understood yet is that, if they aren't playing, they haven't earned it. Maybe they would be awesome and should be playing but if you don't go out and prove it, you have nothing to complain about, no one to blame but yourself, and nothing to back your statement up. I'm not someone who hates Mcnabb, but he apparently hasn't realized how poorly and unsuccessful (winning wise) as a QB he has been lately. I get what they are saying and you really do want everyone on your team to have this attitude. BUT, you can't demand all this stuff when you've had a solid year of poor play that hasn't resulted in winning or improving. As much as you can blame other people on the team for blowing leads, you can blame Mcnabb just as much for lead a stagnant offense that  couldn't score.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:11 pm

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

I am not convinced at all when McNabb says he's never been late to a meeting. If he took such offense to it, he would've been much more defensive about his work ethic than that. Wouldn't you be? He just says no. And then to come to Minny and see for yourself. He knows reporters aren't gonna go up to Minny. Not at this time of year. Not for this team. If he was such a hard worker, he would have said something like: "That's just not true. People don't see what happens on the inside. I put my heart and soul into my profession, and my life on and off the field is consumed by my undying hunger to be the best player I can be and to win a Superbowl one day. I'm on time every practice, and I never leave early, because I don't want to miss a thing". Or, you know, bits and pieces of that.

This guy reminds me of Eric Cartman. His mind is defending him and his body of work. He has what we call an active ego: it recreates scenarios that have already happened so that they validate their case. This isn't the absolute worst ego I've seen in the may have heard of one OchoCinco...but this is completely delusional.

Oh, and btw, if you weren't the problem McNabb, how is Christian Ponder now 1-1 with the loss coming to 7-0 Green Bay?? Riddle me that,,,     

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 6:52 pm

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

You know, I always defended McNabb when he was in Philly and pulled for him when he was in Washington because I felt like he was a likeable, smart and respectful player getting a raw deal.....but OMG, this guy is delusional. He is probably the most uninspiring QB I have seen in Minnesota, even T-Jack for all his flaws gave the team more energy. I sympathise with his position, he still wants to play and keeps getting into bad positions with teams looking to the future....but if he still "had it" he would have still been starting in Washington and/or Minnesota regardless of who was behind him and his teammates would defend him. 

How many of his teammates or fans have jumped up to defend him? What an ego-maniac....Im tired of old has been QB's in Minny acting like Divas and underperforming (except Favres 1 magical year....which was pretty spectacular.)

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:40 pm

McNabb thinks he should still be starting

What a jerk - or more appropriately, what an idiot! Ponder had a great performance against the Packers last week and at least kept them in the game. And then, today, he led the Vikes to their first road win of the year against the Panthers. With McNutt at QB, it would have probably been an embarassment against the Packers, and yet another road loss to the Panthers. When two different coaches with two different teams give up on you in successive seasons, maybe he should start getting the message ... he's no longer a viable starting QB in the NFL.

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