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.