Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb has only two interceptions through five games this year. But he’s also averaging just 170 passing yards a game in a year when quarterbacks are making 300-yard games seem commonplace.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier sees those two stats as related, and he’s telling McNabb that it’s OK to take more chances.
“He’s done a great job of not turning the ball over, which is a big deal because of the way we play,” Frazier said. “It’s one of the reasons we’ve been in these games the way we have.”
Frazier followed that thought up, however, by saying McNabb needs to be aggressive in the passing game.
“But you can’t play this game cautious,” Frazier said. “He knows that. He’s had a ton of success in this league. Sometimes, you just got to let it go. And he will, and he has.”
McNabb has looked so tentative this season that it’s easy to wonder whether he’s become so sensitive to criticism that he cares more about avoiding mistakes than he does about making plays. Frazier is right: McNabb needs to let it go.