Donovan McNabb spoke to the media for the first time since his benching on Wednesday afternoon and made it clear that he doesn’t see this as the last chapter in his career and defended the job he did for the Vikings this season.
“Well, we’ve done some good things on offense. Scored some points. Moved the ball,” he said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. “I have a lot of football left. At the end of the year, that will be something I look at and see what’s next.”
The good things that happened for the Vikings offense were few and far between, which is precisely the reason why McNabb had to discuss his benching with reporters on Wednesday. McNabb met every bit of criticism with the same kind of defiance this season, something that probably didn’t endear him to those with the Vikings who suggested that he could stand to make some changes to his game in an effort to produce better results.
As for having a lot of football left, it is hard to imagine he’ll get another starting job next season. He could be a backup, but only if a team felt that he’d be content in that role.
On that front, McNabb sounded the right notes about his new role. He sounded disappointed, as you’d imagine, but pledged his support of Christian Ponder and said that he’d keep working hard because he’s one play away from being back in the lineup.
Unless, of course, Joe Webb gets the call.