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McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:59 am
Has McNabb made his last start for the Vikings(US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took Donovan McNabb's best outing of the year to usher in the Christian Ponder era. For a night, anyway. For the first five and a half weeks of the NFL season, there hadn't been a quarterback controversy in Minnesota (a least from head coach Leslie Frazier's perspective) but once Ponder entered a game in the fourth quarter, the conversation immediately switched from "Man, the Vikings are getting blown out of Soldier Field" to "We've seen this movie before and it doesn't end well for Donovan."

But nothing's official; for now, the depth chart remains unchanged. "We have to sit down on Monday and talk about a lot of things," Frazier said following the Vikings' 39-10 loss to the Bears. "We need to decide on what direction we want to go." 

McNabb, as he repeated at various points last season with the Redskins before he was eventually replaced by Rex Grossman (!), considers the job his. "I don't see it 'ending like this,' as you say. It's tough. You're 1-5 at this particular point. It felt like we did a lot of great things today. I guess we'll sit down and talk, but I still expect to be there (starting) next week."

And maybe McNabb should feel that way. After what can kindly be described as a horrible start to 2011 (his Week 1 numbers were particularly offensive), he went 19 of 24 for 177 yards Sunday night, and finished with a passer rating of 97.4, his best this season.

Ponder, the Vikings' first-round pick in April, played well enough to remain in the "Start him now" conversation (9 of 17 for 99 yards, 8 yards rushing), even though the Vikings might have a better chance to win with McNabb under center.

But when you're 1-5, winning is relative. If Minnesota makes the change at quarterback, it will be for the same reasons as the Panthers, Jaguars and Bengals: future success. (Although, miraculously, Cincinnati and Andy Dalton are 4-2 heading into their bye week.)

For now, Ponder's saying all the right things.

"I was very grateful for the opportunity that Coach let me go in," he said. "I thought I made some plays, thought I missed some plays, missed a couple throws. But I definitely had fun. It's always hard to have fun when you're losing that bad, but I was grateful and I definitely had fun."

As for why Frazier decided to pull McNabb for Ponder: "Just where we were in the ballgame, where the score was," he said. "Just wanted to get (Ponder) in there, let him take some snaps and get a chance to get a feel for the NFL tempo."

The Vikings head coach added: "I don't know if [McNabb's] all right with [the decision to take him out of the game] … but he understood"

If this season is anything like last season, it's something McNabb might have to get used to.

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Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:42 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

McNabb needs to call it quit or expect the role as a back up QB. His football game keeps declining every year. 

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:56 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

All you arm chair-inoramus opinionated-neverplayedorcoachedfoo

tball-don't know crap-can only yell at a tv or post thier pig swallow on the blogs because they wouldn't have the balls to tell those coaches or players the foolishness the foolishness they put on here-knowing good-n-hell-well if you seen McNabb in person you would get all giddy and want an autograph and a picture-miserable with yourself so you talk down others-probably wouldn't qualify to even be the waterboy-and if you did play or coach football wasn't good enough to make it to the pro level-believe anything idiotic journalists put out there-need to get a life just STFU and let the Pro's handle this that's why they get paid the big bucks and regardless of what any may think they are there and you are not so just deal with it you idiots!

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:47 am

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

That's about the most uneducated comment I have ever heard. McNabb still has it? The situation in Minnesota is that bad? McNabb is and has been done for quite some time. He couldn't help a high school team right now. Minnesota's under achievement situation can be summed up in a few words:

  1.    Owner/ChairmanCry
  2.   Owner/PresidentCry
  3.   Owner/Vice ChairmanCry
  4.   OwnerCry

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:35 am

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

Dear Vikings,

Please oh please continue to start Mr. McNabb.....we could use the help in Chicago catching the Lions and Pack.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:03 am

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

Just like last season with us, Donovan is in deep denial. It's really a sad thing to witness. McNabb is a classy guy, but right now, he's not an NFL caliber QB. The Vikings season is basically over, so they might as well start Ponder.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:57 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his


While I have great admiration for your past successes, you can't be serious. An easily 4-2 team that was missing only a semi-capable quarterback prior to your arrival is 1-5. Look at your stats, the teams record and the tapes.

Maybe you need glasses to watch yourself on the tapes or you have inflated views of your less-than-acceptable performance.

Your recently below average play takes nothing away from your superlative past achievements, but that is exactly what they are - past achievements. Don't pull a Favre and make yourself a pathetic charicature of yourself. Step aside and give the Vikings a chance to win. 

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:14 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

trade this poor guy to a team that needs a qb hes washed up in the situation hes in. he still has it but not with the crap hes playing with brady manning and brees couldnt make our situation in minnesota any better hah ha id be scared if i was ponder n

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:25 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

For those that think McFlop should still play, i suggest u go to the doctor to get your head examined. U obvo McF
lop doesn't give the vikings a better  chance to win and to say McFlop hasn't played that Bad. Are u kidding me!!! If all i did was throw dump of passes and 10 yard hitches to jenkins, id have a decent QB rating to. Not to mention all the dropped INT.  Maybe if our WR had stick em on their shoes they would catch a few more passes. There is a reason WR drop his wounded duck spiral. ITS TIME TO SEE WHAT THE KID CAN DO. Ponder showed me lastnight that he gives us a better chance to win because he can scramble and throw a slant pass with 8 in the box. Two things that McFlop cant do.

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:05 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

Ummm, hey McNabb time to start thinking about your next career. Sorry loved you in Philly but you have lost whatever you had. Goodnight and Goodluck!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:44 pm

McNabb still feels like the QB job is his

McNabb was going to be the scapegoat for a bad season, and wouldn't have gotten much credit for a good season.  That's just the situation he was put into.  Has he been overly good? No.  Overly bad? No.  He's been okay.  82.9 QB rating I believe.  4 TDs 2 INTs.  His yardage numbers are low, but that had to be expected with Peterson as your RB and losing Sidney Rice.  I love Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph (who they need to look at more), but Bernard Berrian is a complete waste of time, effort, and $ - get him out of there.  The other guys are all 4th/5th string guys.  Nobody should have expect McNabb to be throwing for 250+ yards and 3 TDs.  A 175 yard game with 1 TD should have been expected, with the rushing game accounting for 150ish yards per game (or more).

So, the Vikings are 1-5, McNabb is playing alright, they need to go 8-2 to have a semi-realistic hope for the last wildcard spot (9-1 would pretty much guarantee).  Is there any chance the Vikings go 8-2 with McNabb? No.  With Ponder? No. 

It comes down to this - Do they want to come back with McNabb starting again next season? Or do they want Ponder to start next season and begin his career? If you want another year of McNabb, then you can't bench him now with an 80+ qb rating.  If you know you don't want McNabb back, then you play Ponder the last 10 games, hope that the team improves but still get a nice draft spot.

Finally, I think most Vikings fans want McNabb out of there, and I agree, but I think they are being too harsh.  They are booing him, but he didn't really do anything wrong.  You shouldn't have expected the 27 year old version of McNabb.  He's been serviceable, and that's what we should have expected.  The defensive secondary has been terrible.  The D-line has been hit or miss.  The O-line hasn't done a great job blocking for Peterson, and the play calling has been suspect.  Not to mention, I am definitely not sold on Frazier as a head coach.

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