The Christian Ponder era is off and running, but the Vikings are still answering questions about their last starting quarterback.
Leslie Frazier addressed Michael Lombardi’s report from the weekend about Donovan McNabb’s work ethic. Lombardi reported that McNabb shows up late to meetings and practice and that he isn’t willing to put in the time needed to master the Vikings offense. Frazier was asked about the report in his Monday press conference and said that it makes no sense.
“Ridiculous,” Frazier said, via Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. “Flat-out ridiculous. I don’t know where that would come from. I mean, this guy worked his tail off when he was the starting quarterback, staying after practice, throwing balls with receivers. When I heard about that, ‘Wow, where would that come from?’”
Frazier’s denial couldn’t be much stronger and McNabb also issued a strong rebuttal to Kurt Warner on Sunday. You wonder how much perception will become reality with McNabb around the NFL. There were reports of similar problems with the Redskins in 2010 and whatever future McNabb has in the NFL at this point will likely come down to his willingness to do the work and serve as a mentor/backup able to help the team off the field as much as on it.