Last week’s loss to the rival Packers wasn’t a complete disappointment for fans of the Minnesota Vikings. First round pick Christian Ponder got his first start, with Donovan McNabb placed squarely on the bench, and did enough to pique the interest of Vikings fans despite the lack of a victory.
The Vikings traded a late pick to the Washington Redskins for Donovan McNabb, who restructured his contract to a one year deal, in an attempt to place a veteran presence at the helm to minimize the impact of a new coaching staff and the lengthy lockout.
That plan didn’t work out and the Vikings season is a complete bust, which means the brass has decided to cast their gaze towards the future and evaluate the young talent on their team.
McNabb, however, does not sound like he is happy with the decision.
On Sunday morning, Andrea Kramer’s recent interview with McNabb will air on NFL Network, but PFT has an interesting snippet for us to digest in the meantime.
Kramer asked McNabb if he should still be the starter in Minnesota.
“Absolutely,” McNabb says. “Absolutely.”
McNabb goes on to make a statement that seems to suggest he thinks the blame should, at least partially, be placed elsewhere on the roster.
“Well, I mean, everyone focuses on my position,” McNabb told Kremer. “We should be sitting here, I’ll be honest, at about what, 4-3, 5-2, or whatever? We had games that we should have won, but we just didn’t. Now is it the quarterback position?”
Donovan, let me answer that question for you: Yes.
Sure, there are other parts of the roster and coaching staff that deserve a portion of the blame, but there is no denying that McNabb has looked like a completely out of shape, slow, washed up quarterback most of the time in 2011. The fact that he is denying his fair share of the responsibility for the poor season, combined with Ponder’s seemingly mature and steadied leadership style, is just further justification that he should be staying put as the number two quarterback on this roster for the remainder of this dreadful season.
The Vikings are giving Ponder a fair shake right now and the chance to control his own destiny. His mission, which he has clearly accepted, is to win enough games as a rookie to ensure the Vikings are drafting late enough to not even have to consider drafting his replacement, Andrew Luck.