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A familiar complaint: Vikings offense too predictable

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Vikings fans excited to escape the Brad Childress era were horrified to learn that this year’s offense looked even more predictable, at least for the season opener.

The team ran the ball 15 out of 19 times on first down, including five of six times in the second half.  The Chargers crowded the line of scrimmage, but the Vikings never adjusted.

“They were stacking the line of scrimmage,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “When that happens, you’ve got to take advantage down the field.”

The Vikings barely ever tried.  They threw one deep pass all day. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes Donovan McNabb didn’t complete a pass to a tight end. In the second half, the team had 26 total yards on 17 plays.

McNabb took most of the criticism, but Mark Craig believed the offensive line was the team’s biggest problem.

“Well, for one week, particularly one half of one week, the offensive line at least bordered on train-wreck bad. . . . The pass protection was horrendous, even when the Vikings went to max protect,” Craig wrote.

Adrian Peterson said on PFT Live that he was well aware how strong the NFC North looked going into the season.  After the Lions, Packers, and Bears swept three NFC South teams, the division looks even better.

Minnesota needs to be less predictable on offense quickly or the Vikings will get left behind.

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  1. vaporiizz3r says: Sep 14, 2011 9:17 AM

    They looked like a 3rd grader calling the plays out there, If they can get a new offensive coordinator they actualy have a good team.

  2. mel1sharples says: Sep 14, 2011 9:19 AM

    Not a Vikings fan but dont teams generally run on first down? Minus Tom Brady’s team?

  3. scudbot says: Sep 14, 2011 9:22 AM

    McNabb could liven things up a bit by forcing passes into triple coverage like last year’s QB did. But he’d have to raise the trajectory above “grass”.

  4. vahawker says: Sep 14, 2011 9:23 AM

    Maybe they should have stuck with TJack. (I’m willing to send him back to them)

  5. stevemcguigan says: Sep 14, 2011 9:27 AM

    My God, Leslie, don’t you know that McNabb’s short game is abominable?

  6. lbpackfan says: Sep 14, 2011 9:28 AM

    Vikings have an offense?

  7. icanspeel says: Sep 14, 2011 9:29 AM

    Ok I don’t get it… Coaches comments

    “They were stacking the line of scrimmage,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “When that happens, you’ve got to take advantage down the field.”

    Did it occur to him to suggest maybe not running while this was going on?

  8. wheresmyjuice says: Sep 14, 2011 9:30 AM

    For MIN, the D looked surprisingly good while the O looked surprisingly bad.

  9. seabreezes51 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:30 AM

    Maybe they could scare up a few plays and tape them to the centers butt, since McNabb won’t wear plays on his wrist?

  10. snowpea84 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:31 AM

    Many of the problems attributed to Reid magically moved to the Redskins last year, and have now even more unexpectedly moved to the VIkings….
    Not saying that this is one of those exact problems. Just that with McNabb under center expect things to look pretty poor and anyone that doesnt want to accept just how bad McNabb is will try to find as many other issues as they can.

  11. reptar24 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:32 AM

    If we were going to be running the ball so much, why even trade for McNabb? Should have just stuck it out with Ponder. Although, I am okay with letting McNabb taking the blows until the 0-line gets shored up a bit more.

  12. jaxjoe says: Sep 14, 2011 9:32 AM

    Huh?? The title to this article should be:

    A familiar complaint: McNabb’s failure too predictable

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2011 9:35 AM

    How about a forward pass once in a while?

    That was a disgrace this past Sunday, McNabb should be ashamed of himself.

  14. jdsteady says: Sep 14, 2011 9:40 AM

    Well looks like Adrian Peterson sold his chance at a Superbowl for a cool 100 million.

  15. waitingguilty says: Sep 14, 2011 9:40 AM

    3 yards and a cloud of dust used to represent a tough running game. Now it refers to McNabb’s bubble screens.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 14, 2011 9:41 AM

    I’d like to hear Rush Limbaugh’s take on this.

  17. tombradysbaby says: Sep 14, 2011 9:41 AM

    McNabb is horrible. He is done, and is only playing to collect a paycheck. Time to move this guy out to pasture, and find a QB who can at least make an effort to pass down field.

  18. jasonbournepe says: Sep 14, 2011 9:42 AM

    Sadly, its not the OC’s fault for having bad players. You look at all the great offenses, they all feature the same thing: Franchise QB, Solid O-Line, and decent receivers that know where they’re supposed to be. You can’t do that with a very BAD Donovan McNabb and an offensive line that can’t block. Get better talent and you’ll get better results.

  19. scudbot says: Sep 14, 2011 9:44 AM

    McNabb has always kept his INT totals down by aiming for shoe tops. It’s not McNabb’s fault that Minnesota doesn’t have enough 5′ 4″ receivers.

  20. visible4 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    McNabb is going to make any offensive coordinator look bad. It’s going to take the Vikings a LONG time to be relevant again because even their recent drafts have been terrible. Other than AP, they don’t have much going for them.

  21. str82dvd says: Sep 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    I don’t know how this happened, but I actually feel sorry for McNabb, now that’s he’s getting so exposed outside of the Eagles machine.

    #alwaysoverrated

  22. fijabbersman345 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    Bounce pass offense FTW! The defense looked killer though.

  23. 6ball says: Sep 14, 2011 9:50 AM

    .

    unfamiliar with vikes, but it begs the question : do you guys have a screen game?

    .

  24. knew8411 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:53 AM

    As a Vikings fan I’d love to weigh in on this one. It’s almost as though that those who run the show in Minnesota have made themselves predictable.
    They have the most dynamic back’s in football, and use him way too much.
    No passing game. But then again, when your QB seems to like throwing at your receiver’s feet, it’s no wonder that they decide to run the ball.
    The the offensive coordinator decides to run 2 plays (back to back I might add) from the Wildcat offense.
    Hey BONEHEAD dont you think that defensive unit on the field knows what’s coming? Hell I knew what was coming, and I am over a thousand miles away from San Diego, wearing Coke bottle glasses & watching on a 13″ B&W tv with rabbit ears for an antenna.
    THROW THE BALL ONCE IN A WHILE…you dont need to go deep, even dump passes, or out routs will do, and if your aged QB cant do the job, then put someone else in, who can do the job!

  25. airswoosh15 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:54 AM

    Charlie Johnson & the offensive line are horrible!!! They need a lotta work!!! Hold your blocks, then maybe McNabb can take some shots down the field.

  26. arnoldziffel says: Sep 14, 2011 9:56 AM

    Ahhh the Vikings!

    An NFL season just wouldn’t be the same without some goofy crap going on in Minnesota!

  27. pigskinswag says: Sep 14, 2011 9:58 AM

    Another familiar complaint: Fire is too hot.

  28. joelvis72 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:59 AM

    Did anyone predict less than 40 passing yards from McNabb?

  29. gdeli says: Sep 14, 2011 9:59 AM

    They gotta fix this in a hurry but I don’t think they can with what they have. The stats were terrible. 32nd/dead last in passing yards. 28th in passing allowed. We have a swiss cheese defense in the secondary. I saw one play where it took 4-5 vikes to bring down 1 guy. wow. The packers are in Super bowl winning form. The bears and lions are in mid season form. The vikes look like they just played a preseason game. The vikes have been left behind at the starting gate and I wonder how much worse it will get. I think it will turn ugly real fast. Les Steckel ugly. There has to be some reason why musgrave left 13-3 atlanta after the blowout to the packers. Mckinnie is hot with the ravens and I heard much praise from the announcers about him. Our 74 charlie can’t cut it. Why couldn’t mckinnie do that for us? We gotta run and pass on thebucs. They are 29th and 25th in those categories. Good luck vikes. Your gonna need it. Mcnabb was the 2nd leading rusher and had a 47.9 rating. Berrian, shanks, rudolph, kleinsasser…0 yards combined. OMGosh.

  30. imongo says: Sep 14, 2011 10:00 AM

    Play Ponder….how could he be worse? at leaste he would try.

  31. d3murf says: Sep 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    @snowpea84 said: Many of the problems attributed to Reid magically moved to the Redskins last year, and have now even more unexpectedly moved to the VIkings….
    Not saying that this is one of those exact problems. Just that with McNabb under center expect things to look pretty poor and anyone that doesnt want to accept just how bad McNabb is will try to find as many other issues as they can.

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    I have a hard time believing you watch more than just sports center. I understand not liking a particular player–but you still should be neutral. For McNabb’s career he has 231 td’s to 116 int’s. He has a great winning percentage as a starting qb as well. Sans the T.O. yr–he never played with a “Top Flight” receiver or run game. The year he played with T.O. he threw 31 td’s to 8 int’s–and they made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Evaluate with your own brain and eyes. Don’t let the media dictate your thoughts.

    As for the game last weekend–anyone who saw it, knows that it was just a weird game. They had about 40 plays–as opposed to the normal 60-70 you would get on offense. They were winning until the very end. Bill Musgrave is the first year coordinator for the Vikings, he was the QB coach here in Atlanta where they employed the same conservative style with Matt Ryan. Ground and Pound–and short passing game. 1-2 shots down the field per game.

  32. scudbot says: Sep 14, 2011 10:03 AM

    Vikings plays Sunday: 60% run 40% pass and they managed to run only 43 offensive plays. McNabb was bad but there were only 17 pass plays the entire game. He’s not the only problem.

  33. seabreezes51 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:10 AM

    For what it’s worth, Rush Limbaughs game was a lot better ten years ago too.

  34. glenne81 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:10 AM

    BE CAREFUL!!!! i am not making excuses, we(vikes) are awful. but MARK CRAIG is a green blooded PACKER fan. good for him but, don’t bye into his twisted takes on us.

  35. pedroherce says: Sep 14, 2011 10:11 AM

    ’10 Panthers

  36. mjs2012 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:12 AM

    It needs to be corrected. This simply will not fly in L.A.

  37. lnfinite says: Sep 14, 2011 10:14 AM

    One problem was addressed. Cooper (center) was waived and Berger was signed. The center calls the blocking schemes and the biggest loss was letting Birk go because Chilly was unable to accept player input.

  38. stixzidinia says: Sep 14, 2011 10:16 AM

    LOL @ Vikings fans. Chilly was the scapegoat before and it’s been amusing as hell watching you guys ping pong from one excuse to another since his departure.

  39. fwippel says: Sep 14, 2011 10:17 AM

    Scoggins is wrong about the OL. Yeah, they’re not the best, but when the playcalling is as predictable as the Vikings’ was on Sunday, the defense knows what’s coming, and they’re going to tee off on it.

    The play-calling was atrocious, and if Musgrave can’t do any better than that, he needs to let someone else handle the play-calling. Musgrave showed zero confidence in McNabb’s ability to throw the ball, and McNabb responded accordingly.

    If 10 points is all the offense can muster with McNabb behind center, then it’s time to start Joe Webb. I wouldn’t put Ponder back there without better blocking because he’s too injury prone.

  40. gdeli says: Sep 14, 2011 10:20 AM

    scudbot has good points. It seems boring to do the ground and pound though. I want excitement! Have my tv purchase with crappy comcast cable(16gb hd dvr? pfft! tivo starts at 45gb but 20 a month fee) worthwhile. Mcnabb has an arm and let berrian earn his money. Let’s see more of jenkins. He should still be very good, he just got replaced by the falcons 1st pick they used 5 guys for? percy and adrian keep us in the game and I hope they will get rings someday. Shame if it doesn’t happen. I hope I eat my words I said above. Never a packer fan but they have an awesome offense. Having an off year after farve leaves then winning the superbowl? I would take that. I really miss the awesome 1998 & 2009 seasons BEFORE the fiascos.

  41. kwphilly4for4 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:21 AM

    I honestly do not know in the 10 years McFraud was here, I don’t think I ever saw him audible.

  42. gergie1957 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:26 AM

    The Vikings Oline was at best horrible last year, and what did they do to address it……right nothing.

    They have Adrian Peterson, you need to pass the ball when you have 8 and 9 guys in the box. This is going to be a long season if Viking coaching staff haven’t figures this out yet.

    And just to humor me please throw a couple deep during the game. Me, and the apposing DB’s would be shocked and amazed.

  43. claymath52 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:26 AM

    When will they learn that Brad Chlidress is the reason that the offense is so horrible? oh wait…

  44. 6yardslant says: Sep 14, 2011 10:30 AM

    “Maybe they could scare up a few plays and tape them to the centers butt, since McNabb won’t wear plays on his wrist?”

    McNabb had the plays on his wrist… Might be a good idea to make sure you’re right before criticizing. He should have called some audibles, but maybe in week 1 he wasn’t comfortable with that yet in a new offense.

  45. sakatak says: Sep 14, 2011 10:37 AM

    Dear Viking fans,
    Don’t read too much into this, one game does not make a season. The Vikings have 15 more games to prove they are worthy of turning Luck into a bad quarterback.
    Sincerely,
    NFC North (Norris)

  46. simplesimon1 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    Well, ouch!!! Two weeks to get ready for a Detroit team that should be flying on all cylinders after dismantling Tampa Bay and then Kansas City this week coming up.

    I’m a Lions fan and I don’t hate the Vikings. Their defense looks good. But if they have to be on the field all game long, it’s going to be a rough season.

    McNabb will have some good games and some bad ones. All QB’s do. But this was bad to a new level. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a QB throwing for 39 yards in a game while playing the entire game.

    Better get it fixed quick Vikings. At least it’s only week one.

  47. chargerdillon says: Sep 14, 2011 10:48 AM

    The majority of you posting are idiots and obviously didn’t watch the game or don’t have a clue who you’re talking about.

    I’m a Chargers fan but by no means did we walk over the Vikings. When you have a RB as good as AdP YOU GIVE HIM THE ROCK!!!! That’s how it works, who do you want doing the majority of your offense, AdP or Mcnabb?!

    What none of you are giving credit to is the fact the Chargers were able to shut down AdP in the second half and in Leslie Fraisures own words HE GOT OUTCOACHED!

    The Viking arnt half as bad as you all think they are and by years end they will prove it.

    Get a clue people

  48. 28purple4mvp says: Sep 14, 2011 10:50 AM

    visible4 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 9:46 AM
    McNabb is going to make any offensive coordinator look bad. It’s going to take the Vikings a LONG time to be relevant again because even their recent drafts have been terrible. Other than AP, they don’t have much going for them

    Percy Harvin eeenuff said!!!! If you could see past the tip of your nose dips**t ponder is going to be great too. But you are a football genius?

  49. moochzilla says: Sep 14, 2011 10:58 AM

    Makes total sense to me. It can NEVER be McNabb’s fault.

    Ever.

    Don’t you know that by now?

    People in Philadelphia and Washington will tell you…McNabb is always the reason they win, never the reason they lose.

  50. glac1 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:59 AM

    You no longer build a team around a runningback. Those days in the NFL are over. An average line and good receivers is the key.

  51. stellarperformance says: Sep 14, 2011 11:02 AM

    They have to make adjustments and they will. The “run first” scheme would’ve been perfect three years ago when their O-line was better suited to Peterson. Then they wasted his strengths by focusing on Favre as a savior, and now they are paying the price. Now they have no choice but to cut McNabb loose a little bit, ala Favre. Live and learn.

  52. fcmlefty1 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:14 AM

    When you replace a top 10 LT with the worst LT in the league, its going to have a trickle down effect on your entire offense…

  53. mydailyff.com says: Sep 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    I was just studying the stats from this game earlier and was flabbergasted at how bad the Vikings offense was in the stat column!

    187 TOTAL offensive yards
    37 passing yards!

    Incredibly bad, and I do think they Vikings are in for a 2-14 type of year, unless McNabb figures out how to hit these WRs quickly…

  54. purplehazedelaware says: Sep 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    why is it that mcnab gets a free ride …..39 yards passing and all bspn and all other mainstream media can do is rip tony romo , someone that is giving his all to try and win a ball game / mcnab on the other hand can’t read a def , if they crowd the line, a qb of his nature checks to a routine pass ……..oh yeah he doesnt know how and when he has a chance to make a routine throw he’s so afraid of being touched that he panics and rips off a pass that no one can catch , if he knew how to read a def and throw with anticipation he might be an nfl qb .mcab has hidden behind a very good coach in andy reid and a team that played great def and special teams both who led the league in scoring also , so called lesser qbs with that kind of football team have won superbowls when in position .when it comes time to make a routine play he can’t . you cant win every week in the nfl living off of a big play that only happened because of a broken play ! why is it that no one will rip this guy for all the things a qb is supposed to do and that he does not ??????????always someone elses fault !!!!! espn acts like it was romo who threw for 39 yards . i’ll take a qb like romo over a mcnab any day, atleast he takes every and gives every oppertunity to win . romo has won with poor def . mcmvp can’t….

  55. madeira2 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:28 AM

    Bench McNabb, obviously. It’s amazing to me that any NFL team would start him.

  56. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 11:28 AM

    McNabb was bad and the offensive line was bad, but the biggest problem was the play calling. Running 15 out of 19 first downs? That’s ridiculous. I understand you want to feature Peterson but you have to put him in a position to succeed. The defense knew what was coming most of the time and it’s hard to be successful in that case. How about mixing in a pass on first down? Musgrave was just way too conservative. This week will be the test of the coaching staff. If they realize they didn’t give the offense a chance and change things up, the team can be successful. I have confidence in Leslie Frazier, but if they employ the same run-run-pass strategy this week, I’m going to rethink my endorsement of him.

  57. ninerdynasty says: Sep 14, 2011 11:31 AM

    Is dingleberry calling plays in MN? This headline looks awfully too much like a niner headline from last year.

  58. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    jasonbournepe says:
    Sep 14, 2011 9:42 AM
    Sadly, its not the OC’s fault for having bad players. You look at all the great offenses, they all feature the same thing: Franchise QB, Solid O-Line, and decent receivers that know where they’re supposed to be. You can’t do that with a very BAD Donovan McNabb and an offensive line that can’t block. Get better talent and you’ll get better results.
    ______________

    Although they don’t have the talent to have a great offense, they easily have the talent to have a mediocre offense. Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, Kyle Rudolph, and Donovan McNabb are certainly better than what Seattle has to offer, but they were able to pass for five times the yardage the Vikings did. The offensive line isn’t great but they’ll be better than last year because they aren’t injured. They’re transitioning from a zone blocking scheme to a man blocking scheme, so that might take a little time to adjust to.

  59. glac1 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:53 AM

    oh… I bet they’ll straighten it out in time for their debut in LA!

  60. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 14, 2011 11:58 AM

    Same old vikings. They just can’t draft and develop QB’s. 50 years and zero trophies.

    Even Fran Tarkenton was a free agent pick up from the Giants scrapheap.

    They never will have a trophy unless they ever figure out how to draft and develop a QB.

    Great QB’s aren’t free agents.

  61. thehighhat says: Sep 14, 2011 12:01 PM

    Yeah, sounds like Frazier turned the play calling over to Dingletary.

  62. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Sep 14, 2011 12:12 PM

    icanspeel says:Sep 14, 2011 9:29 AM

    Ok I don’t get it… Coaches comments

    “They were stacking the line of scrimmage,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “When that happens, you’ve got to take advantage down the field.”

    Did it occur to him to suggest maybe not running while this was going on?
    __________________________________

    What he didn’t get a chance to finish saying was: “and my QB is so stinkin’ dumb, he should be checking off of this play going to an audible to pass…”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    scudbot says:Sep 14, 2011 9:44 AM

    McNabb has always kept his INT totals down by aiming for shoe tops. It’s not McNabb’s fault that Minnesota doesn’t have enough 5′ 4″ receivers.
    __________________________________

    They do….Harvin is listed about 30 pounds heavier and 4 inches taller than he really is.

  63. boltdaddy says: Sep 14, 2011 12:21 PM

    The vikes inept offence is soley due to their incopentecy?

    I suggest that the Chargers D may have played a role in shutting up Mr. I am going to go to their house and ring up 200 yards and a W and their offense in general.

  64. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Sep 14, 2011 11:58 AM
    Same old vikings. They just can’t draft and develop QB’s. 50 years and zero trophies.

    Even Fran Tarkenton was a free agent pick up from the Giants scrapheap.

    They never will have a trophy unless they ever figure out how to draft and develop a QB.

    Great QB’s aren’t free agents.
    ____________

    Time for another history lesson for bobnelsonjr. Fran Tarkenton was a third-round draft choice of the Vikings in their first season of 1961. He was traded to the Giants in 1967 for a king’s ransom. He was TRADED back to the Vikings in 1972.

    By the way, McNabb wasn’t a free agent either. He was traded for a 6th-round pick and signed a new one-year contract. Does that sound like someone the Vikings think will be a great quarterback? They drafted a quarterback in the first round this year. If he doesn’t work out, then you can talk.

  65. joejoetheidiot3 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    McNabb misses his pretend mama bringing him chunky campbells soup. I also miss my pretend mama bringing me campbells soup.

  66. yaplepalooza says: Sep 14, 2011 12:44 PM

    C’mon Brett ONE MORE YEAR!!!

  67. pastabelly says: Sep 14, 2011 12:54 PM

    Favre, McNabb. Are they going to go with Drew Bledsoe in 2012? Something to Ponder.

  68. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 1:23 PM

    boltdaddy says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:21 PM
    The vikes inept offence is soley due to their incopentecy?

    I suggest that the Chargers D may have played a role in shutting up Mr. I am going to go to their house and ring up 200 yards and a W and their offense in general.
    __________

    Can you spell incoherent?

  69. valhallarising says: Sep 14, 2011 1:45 PM

    There is enough blame to go around for those that are responsible for that embarrassing offensive showing. Mr. McNabb is an obvious candidate. If they are crowding the line, perhaps an audible would be in order? (Add joke about McNabb not knowing the plays here) Another awful performance was also turned in by our offensive line. I totally agree with all of you who pointed out that letting Birk go was a huge mistake. Yet another prime candidate for that crap they called an offense on Sunday is Bill Musgrave. How predictable where we? Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE knew what we were going to do. Is Musgrave running the offense from the original Tecmo Bowl? One thing I am still not ready to do however is throw Christian Ponder into that fire. John Sillivan and the rest of our lazy ass offensive line would have Ponder’s body, as well as his confidence, broken by week 4.

  70. dspohn55 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    Thanks for explaining who Mark Craig is, obviously every NFL fan knows exactly who he is.

    And to the fan who thought it’s normal to run on first downs.. You’re right, it is normal. If you are ultra conservative teams that still subscribe to the ancient philosophy of run the ball and dominate the clock. On paper that’s fine, but in reality it makes for very predictable play calling. Trust me, I know.. I’ve watched my Niners run on first down for six years straight.

  71. dtrb10 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    I can’t say I disagree with any of these comments.

  72. dtrb10 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:14 PM

    You know what sucks, What sucks is that Bryant McKinney will be a stud in Baltimore now. I swear they put something in the water here to make our sports teams suck. I mean they all do every single year I am 36 and I have dealt with more bad sports teams in my life than most by being a MN sports fan.

  73. skins359 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:35 PM

    I have a hard time believing you watch more than just sports center. I understand not liking a particular player–but you still should be neutral. For McNabb’s career he has 231 td’s to 116 int’s. He has a great winning percentage as a starting qb as well. Sans the T.O. yr–he never played with a “Top Flight” receiver or run game. The year he played with T.O. he threw 31 td’s to 8 int’s–and they made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Evaluate with your own brain and eyes. Don’t let the media dictate your thoughts.
    ==================
    That was back in 2004 . And I have watched every pass play from the last McNabb game (which includes scrambles and sacks) so I have evaluated this with my eyes. Eagle fans warned us that McNabb was horribly overrated. We laughed it off as division rivals getting buyers remorse. Then when he was traded to Minnesota we in turn tried to warn Viking fans that they weren’t getting they player they thought they were getting.

    This guy isn’t the same player outside of Philly.

  74. vikesfansteve says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    New year same exact story. It’s so great having the Vikings be your favorite team. Usually it’s a soul crushing defeat where the Vikings manage to snatch a loss from the jaws of Victory. Often it’s the Vikings not able to stop the pass at all. Now it’s they can’t pass themselves. Not all McNabbs fault. He was running for his life behind that O-line. Also DMAC didn’t drop the passes. Shaincoe (like he has done every single season except 09) & Berrian dropped them though.

    2 wild cat calls in a row with short dives by Webb on their own 40 right when the Vikings were putting a good drive together. Wait what.

    Berrian still had a chance to help secure a win & even though the pass was behind him, he should have caught it but as usual Berrian dropped the ball.

    McNabb will straighten out & be good but he need receiver who will hold onto the ball & he needs to have plays called that aren’t run,run,pass.

    Ah, the life of a Vikings fan.

  75. mnclinc says: Sep 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    How can anyone in the modern football world throw for less then 40 yards in a whole game?

  76. asublimeday says: Sep 14, 2011 2:53 PM

    Ha ha ha

  77. jessethegreat says: Sep 14, 2011 4:30 PM

    Just imagine how bad things would be if AD hadn’t fixed his fumbling problem.

  78. metzgerf says: Sep 15, 2011 8:44 AM

    HA! As a proud Lions fan, I have to ask all you Vikings fans/coaches/payers: Do you miss Scott Linehan yet??

  79. paulharghis says: Sep 15, 2011 5:46 PM

    Metzger- lets see how much you are laughing when your team gets bounced by KC this weekend.

    You’d think a fanbase that hasn’t won much this century, would be a bit more humble.

    Hell- at least you aren’t a Packer fan- flame away at the Vikes.

  80. holdsteady76 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:36 AM

    It’s ONE game…

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