Donovan McNabb: I should "absolutely" still be starting quarterback

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Donovan McNabb knows he should still be quarterback -- did you know that?
Christian Ponder has lit up the Minnesota sports scene, which had been starved for anything but darkness and pain.

But, as Minnesotans heat their ice-blue hands on the warmth of Ponder's youthful glow, not everyone is celebrating the new guy in town.

For example, Donovan McNabb, who was reportedly the Minnesota Vikings quarterback as recently as earlier this month, is not sure Vikes coach Leslie Frazier made the right decision. Asked by NFL Network reporter Andrea Kramer if he should still be the starting quarterback, McNabb gave an answer that's blunt, candid -- and unpopular.

"Absolutely," McNabb said. "Absolutely."


In his NFL Network interview, which was broadcast yesterday, McNabb gave a few roundabout answers when Kramer pressed him on his struggles in Minnesota. It was sort of the interview equivalent of the way McNabb used to dodge oncoming defenders, back when he was a pro football player.

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Donovan McNabb has a strange type of "support" for Christian Ponder.

McNabb said that everyone focuses on the position of quarterback, who either gets credit for wins or blame for losses. He said that, given the way the team was performing, the Vikings should be "4 and 3, 5 and 2, whatever."  (As a reminder, and to pour salt in the wound, the team is actually 2-6, and nearly mathematically eliminated from the playoffs already. Anyway, you were saying, Donovan?)

"We had games that we should've won," he said. "But we just didn't."

Right. Minor detail. But therein lies the problem.

Then Kramer asked if McNabb should still have the top job, to which he responded in the definitive, affirmative tone quoted above. Kramer interrupted him, asking why, if he should be quarterback, did coach Leslie Frazier (finally) bring in the rookie, Ponder.

McNabb said that he and Frazier had talked about "a lot of things that we've got to keep in-house," but alluded to the fact that there were problems all over for the team. Kramer said Frazier had told her the same thing, but had also said, "I think we have a better chance of winning with Christian Ponder at quarterback than Donovan McNabb."

"That's something I think that provides support for Christian from the other guys," McNabb replied. "But if you look at the things I was doing, I mean, statistically, I wasn't playing bad."

Fair enough, Donovan. You weren't playing all that not-bad, either, and the team was 1-5. The next week, in Ponder's first NFL start, the Vikes nearly toppled the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, and yesterday they beat the Carolina Panthers. At this point, Ponder has the same number of Vikings wins as McNabb did after six weeks.

Also, it's worth pointing out McNabb's curious assertion that Frazier said Ponder was the better option in order to give him "support...from the other guys," referring to his Vikings teammates. What McNabb is saying, it seems, is that Frazier is endorsing Ponder just to help him out, when in fact Frazier believes that McNabb would be the better option... Frazier just chose to knowingly and deliberately go with Ponder, the worse option. Right?

Do you know what won't do much in the way of "support...from the other guys," Donovan?

This.


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okdogg
okdogg

"Christian Ponder has lit up the Minnesota sports scene, which had been starved for anything but darkness and pain."

do yourself a favor and google search "minnesota lynx". what you find may surprise you!

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Curious: McNabb was the "Minnesota Vikings quarterback as recently as earlier this month". Did I miss the transaction or isn't McNabb still a Minnesota Vikings quarterback (just 2nd string)? And " back when he was a pro football player"?  Come on man! Just win baby!

Govikes
Govikes

McNabb was a mistake to begin with. He proved that on the field.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

We all know that "support..from the other guys" means Rush Limbaugh liked Christian Ponder better and Coach Leslie Frazier listens to Rush every single day! This has to be what Donovan McNabb means - right?

Sparky
Sparky

Well, if DM could honestly tell the difference between throwing at a guys feet instead of his hands we wouldn't be having this discussion, would we?

Greg
Greg

McNabb played badly,and was replaced by a better player,,,Mr McNabb, just cut the bullshit !!

Rockettylaunchingmeat
Rockettylaunchingmeat

the funny thing is he is right (mcNABB) ....he took the blame for the d not being able to make stops on 3rd downs ... MN fans and even the media were just ready for that "white quarterback" to step in .... the truth is ponder has definately proven his-self in one game ..the last... the game was won because of a boo boo kick by the panthers kicker ... i think the media and front office most def played a big factor in getting ponder in ..... it will also allow frazier to keep his job possibly another year.... (which is pretty sad) mc nabb  right now is the equivalent of the gophers head coach but they are a little more willing to accept him and it seems the media isnt ....... VERY ODD!!!

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Wrong: The NFL has McNabb listed as 29th QB in ratings statistics. I watched six games where he one only ONE! I saw many short passes that fell at the feet of the Receivers.

I watched Ponder win a game and scare the SB Champs who are undefeated. Adrian needs someone to pass the ball sucessfully (better than the 60.3% McNabb did).

Fans and Media don't give a dam about color. They care about wins! Ponder is bringing life to the team and McNabb didn't! Don't forget the Front Office also invested a first round pick and millions on Ponder. If he can't get it done then he needs to go. Both McNabb and Ponder make millions and if they can't produce - fire them!

jm
jm

Really? You're making this about race? And media conspiracies? You have obviously never watched a game of football in your life. Not only has Ponder been very decent in the last two games with good passer ratings, he is YOUNG - something the Vikings have been without for a long time. A quarterback who isn't on his last legs in their career. A quarterback who won't limp us through another year. This is a guy we can develop and build on for the FUTURE. So yeah, the season is completely shot and McNabb hasn't been playing his best. So why NOT get the young talent in there so he can learn this year instead of next year? We have nothing to lose at this point. We have to look towards the future of the team and I think Frazier made the right decision. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Was NcNabb not the QB who Rush Limbaugh said wasn't a superstar and the Philly media was making him out to be a superstar and setting him up for a fall. Wasn't the whole left wing attacking ESPN and called Rush Limbaugh a racist getting him fired?

The Vikings didn't need McNabb at all. You are the idiot.

PonderThis
PonderThis

Apologies...I meant to post that as a new post. Not as a reply to Rockerrylauncingmeat's post.

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