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Donovan McNabb calls questions about his work ethic “crazy”

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It didn’t take long for Donovan McNabb to deny the report that he was benched in Minnesota because he shows up late to practices and meetings.

NFL Network’s Kurt Warner says he reached out to McNabb to get a response to the report about McNabb’s work ethic from NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. Unsurprisingly, McNabb claims he’s working plenty hard.

“As soon as I heard it I put a text in to Donovan,” Warner said. “Within five minutes, he didn’t text me back — he called me back and we talked, and he said, ‘That stuff’s crazy.’ He said he’s putting in his time. He says that he’s doing what the coaches ask him to do in every situation.”

But the problem might be that McNabb doesn’t realize how much time is expected of him. Or that the Vikings’ coaching staff doesn’t just want a quarterback who does what they ask, they want a quarterback who takes the initiative to put in extra work without the coaches having to ask — which is what every good team leader on every good team does.

For his part, Lombardi insists that people who have seen McNabb up close are fed up with his laziness.

“Donovan hasn’t really been putting the time in,” Lombardi said. “I was told by people in the Viking organization: ‘He’s the last one in the building, he’s the first one gone, he’s not willing to put the time in, late for meetings, late for practice.’ So they just basically have thrown up their hands and said, ‘We need to move on, because ultimately that’s not what we want in a quarterback.'”

Given that three teams in the last year and a half have decided that McNabb is not what they want in a quarterback, there’s nothing crazy about questioning McNabb.

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42 Responses to “Donovan McNabb calls questions about his work ethic “crazy””
  1. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 11:40 AM

    He seems to have lost his passion for football.

  2. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 23, 2011 11:41 AM

    This makes sense given that he didn’t think he should be benched.

    He doesn’t think anything is wrong when something clearly is.

  3. shawon0meter says: Oct 23, 2011 11:41 AM

    Where would a Vikings QB get the idea he could just show up whenever he wanted to?

  4. wawa33 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:42 AM

    McNabb denied being lazy and overrated. Andy Reid denied eating the Eagles playbook.

  5. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:44 AM

    Andy Reid is a magician!

  6. jpb12 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:44 AM

    Waiting for his next ‘financial apology’

  7. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    Let’s see. And he will not wear a wrist band, and he didn’t know the game could end in a tie, and he tried to take back to back timeouts last year (when skins didn’t even have one left to boot). He’s just not smart and not working hard. That is a lethal combination. He needs a good long look in the mirror. Everyone else can’t be wrong.

  8. jessethegreat says: Oct 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    Translation .. I work really hard on my bounce pass. I’m just having a hard time convincing Coach Frazier to run the triangle offense.

  9. oscojoe says: Oct 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    One more example why McNabb is not a Hall of Famer!

    Rush Limbaugh was right, the media made him out to be more then what he is.

    Good QB but not elite!

  10. gstewart400 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:50 AM

    And, as Super Bowl watchers know, if McNabb has to work too hard, he heaves.

  11. skolvikesskol says: Oct 23, 2011 11:50 AM

    Duh! Everyone defends his play in the bears game… Watch it again… He diesnt have much fight in him after the two early drops by bb and cj. He got down and took a bad safety… Then he gave up… He just doesnt want to lead anymore or have the drive to lead a mediocre vikings team to at least be an overacheiving 10 win team. They must cut him and cook and find out who is going to help redefine viking culture and become winners again.

  12. TheDPR says: Oct 23, 2011 11:51 AM

    There are a lot of guys in the NFL who think that because they did things a certain way with success early in their careers that they can just keep doing the same things and still be successful. Then, when they’re less successful than in the past, it’s never their fault.

    (McNabb, Favre, Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan to name a few guys)

  13. lionpride10 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    It’s obvious that Frazer was the answer in Minnesota. What a mess, you know farve is giddy.

  14. citizenstrange says: Oct 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    But … but … but …. they are anonymous rumors. They have to be right.

    real journalism > anonymous rumors

  15. gntlmnkev says: Oct 23, 2011 11:53 AM

    “there‚Äôs nothing crazy about questioning McNabb.”

    unless you’re Rush Limbaugh, in which case it makes you a racist

  16. swervinmervin says: Oct 23, 2011 11:55 AM

    It’s all lies and propaganda. They want to go with the future and justify their benching of McNabb. So to do that the orginiaztion makes up a bunch of rumors and then sends them out to the media. This is usually what happens when they want to bash a player.

  17. Steve B says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    He’s lost his passion for football, but it looks like he hasn’t lost his passion for food.

  18. vikefan says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    no one ever questioned your work ethic, just your worthless results on game day regarding being able to sustain an 80 yard drive, passes behind recievers and in turf, and actually acting like u care. I could care less if your work ethic sucks as long you show up on game day which obviously you have not……if u correlate the 2 together, thats on you.

  19. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 23, 2011 12:02 PM

    now this i agree with. he doesn’t seem like a guy that will do beyond what is expected.

    he just clocks in, and clocks out. meets his quota. sometimes is late.

    he’s like 98% of the rest of the work population.

  20. cleonslamminsalmon says: Oct 23, 2011 12:03 PM

    The only thing that’s crazy is that he weighs more than Jared Lorenzen right now.
    Better bounce pass-Mcnabb or Stockton?

  21. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Oct 23, 2011 12:04 PM

    I’ve been saying it for the past few years now. This guy is done, washed up, in over his head, past his days, a hasbeen, a never was even.

  22. blackcatnfl says: Oct 23, 2011 12:10 PM

    Mcnabb has 5 NFC Championship Appearances and a Superbowl appearance. He has completed over 7 yards per attempt for his career with 225 TDs against 111 Ints, more than a 2:1 ratio. His career Qb rating is over 85. His career year was 7 years ago when he had a Qb rating for the season of 104.7 with 64% completed, 8.26 yards per attempt, and 31 TDs against just 8 interceptions.

    Rush Limbaugh is, as always, an idiot. I think a better explanation is that he’s just done as a player after 10+ years as a top qb in the NFL.

  23. mediasloppy says: Oct 23, 2011 12:12 PM

    I’m glad Ponder is in. I know he is a 1st player in and last player out of meeting and film rooms. However, I get sick of all this tabloid style reporting. McNabb is out. Just leave it at that…

  24. myasylum11 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:14 PM

    Favre is 7 years older, and 7 times better. At least Favre made the fighting effort.

  25. gb4mn0 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:26 PM

    This has every earmark of a conspiracy. Chris Cook yesterday, Donny McNabb today and I’ll bet the Packers put the league up to it.

    Poor lavender rubes just can’t get a fair shake with the darlings of the NFL in the same division.

    I’ll bet the league rigged it so GB would win the SB last Feb.

    It just ain’t fair! It just ain’t fair! It just ain’t fair!

  26. turk2875 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:41 PM

    Lemme guess….Tiki is flabergasted

  27. localoutlaw says: Oct 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    Maybe the Vikings will use Donovan McFlabb for the two-minute drill….

  28. 6thsense79 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:50 PM

    Yea….This is somewhat like a fat person who claims they’ve been following their diet and workout plan yet still gains weight…….The results don’t lie……..something is going on.

  29. melikefootball says: Oct 23, 2011 12:52 PM

    This is two teams with the same reaction on McNabb and his work ethic…..then looks at performance and wins. Phily is looking smarter each week on letting him go. Hell his own mother walked out early on him last week.

  30. sikoix says: Oct 23, 2011 12:54 PM

    The initial report, to me, just confirmed what I had been seeing in his play as a Viking fan all season long. It wasn’t a shocking report that put me on the edge of my seat wondering what McNabb might have to say.

    This guy doesn’t even look to be a decent *backup* QB at this point. Luckily we have Joe Webb in case something happens to Ponder.

  31. backindasaddle says: Oct 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    blackcatnfl says:

    Mcnabb has 5 NFC Championship Appearances and a Superbowl appearance. He has completed over 7 yards per attempt for his career with 225 TDs against 111 Ints, more than a 2:1 ratio. His career Qb rating is over 85. His career year was 7 years ago when he had a Qb rating for the season of 104.7 with 64% completed, 8.26 yards per attempt, and 31 TDs against just 8 interceptions.

    ….and if he had a work ethic he’d have at least one Superbowl ring too.

  32. commandercornpone says: Oct 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    nabbster is like 5-14 the last 2 years. what a way to go. out.

  33. grandpoopah says: Oct 23, 2011 1:09 PM

    Philly fans are shocked – SHOCKED – to hear this.

  34. wozzmann1955 says: Oct 23, 2011 1:13 PM

    So then the Vike’s didnt check out his rap sheet this tells me.

  35. wozzmann1955 says: Oct 23, 2011 1:15 PM

    U could say Donovan is a richard smoker

  36. oscojoe says: Oct 23, 2011 1:17 PM

    Okay let me see if I understand this:

    5 NFC Championship appearances; Result = 1 win

    1 Superbowl Appearance; Result = 1 Loss

    Media says he was one of the top QB’s of his generation.

    And Rush is a Idiot?

    There is no affirmative action or redistribution of talent in the NFL.

    It is about results!

  37. dlmcc1010 says: Oct 23, 2011 1:19 PM

    Ridiculous that the Vikings didnt realize he was washed up his last two years in Philly and last year in Washington. I feel like as football fans we know the obvious, yet these guys in the front office get paid nice money and cant figure it out

  38. madisonave99 says: Oct 23, 2011 1:41 PM

    IF this is true (i don’t take every media report as gospel, regardless of their “sources”), then i’m thoroughly dissapointed in Donovan…there’s no excuse for that kind of behavior, especially from a long-time veteran

  39. ole305 says: Oct 23, 2011 2:16 PM

    I don’t understand how McNabb is even discussed as a starter in this league anymore.

  40. dd393 says: Oct 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    Crazy? Well, he does play for the Vikings.

  41. richm2256 says: Oct 23, 2011 3:37 PM

    Dude has lost his starting job three times in three years ………. is it him, or is it them?

    You’d think he’d have figured this out by now.

  42. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 23, 2011 11:01 PM

    I don’t know about laziness but it was clearly evident to anyone watching any of the games that he really didn’t care one way or the other if the Vikings won or not. And it was bringing down the whole team as their morale sank lower each week.

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