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McNabb, not Musgrave, becomes the Minnesota scapegoat

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So with the Vikings closing in on a 2-14 finish and no obvious changes planned at head coach or on the offensive side of the ball (adjustments on defense could be coming), someone has to catch blame for this Stecklish debacle.

And that someone is Donovan McNabb.

Though the headline from Tom Pelissero’s latest item at 1500espn.com doesn’t speak directly to it, the first six paragraphs make clear that the mess is being laid primarily on the mantle of Mama McNabb’s baby boy.

Two days before the Week One game against the Chargers, McNabb reportedly announced to his teammates regarding the protection schemes:  “Guys, I don’t know what’s going on.”

Pelissero says that McNabb’s confusion extending beyond the blocking strategies.  “For players familiar with Brett Favre’s precision and encyclopedic knowledge of Xs and Os, the contrast was stark,” Pelissero writes.  “Coupled with some atrocious practice performances, questionable conditioning and a seemingly cavalier approach to correcting mistakes, McNabb had teammates wary even before he suited up for a regular-season game.”

Fine.  Blame McNabb.  And maybe the blame is justified.

But doesn’t that further indict the coaching staff, first for wanting McNabb and second for letting him start the opener and five more games, even though he apparently wasn’t ready to play?  It arguably does, but the ultimate point of Pelissero’s argument is that offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is expected to return in 2012.

Even though Musgrave and his boss, Leslie Frazier, were the guys who went with the guy who helped the Vikings dig a hole from which the franchise was never able to recover in 2011.

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  1. 46defense says: Dec 23, 2011 1:40 PM

    This is ridiculous… McNabb wasn;t any good but who brought him in? The Vikings play in a competetive division as well. Four weeks ago you couldve made the argument that 3 pf the top 4 teams in the nfc are in it. Minny will be on the bottom for a while.

  2. blaz0037 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:40 PM

    Anyone who watched the games the McNabb started knows that he was not the reason they lost the game.

    But, the average fan ignores facts.

    Similar to the average voter.

  3. sbxxix says: Dec 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    Sounds like McNabb to me.

  4. tramonisland says: Dec 23, 2011 1:43 PM

    Come on FloJo, with all the great stories in the NFL do we really need to waste anymore time talking about your Vikings?

  5. zaggs says: Dec 23, 2011 1:45 PM

    Who got paid more this year? Musgrave or McNabb?

  6. skinsrock says: Dec 23, 2011 1:45 PM

    I don’t think a player can be the scape goat 2 years in a row… Didn’t MN see Donovan stunk last year? Everyone thinks they can make it work… WRONG!

  7. chc4 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:45 PM

    I’m guessing they didn’t want to throw Ponder into the fire week 1. This is the 2nd employer in a year to say these things about McNabb. I’m buying it. Other teams are too… with all the garbage at QB on other rosters no one has sniffed DM. That speaks volumes!

  8. oggreengold says: Dec 23, 2011 1:46 PM

    DOH’ vikings!!!! maybe they can get chili and favre back for another run at the bottom of the north.

  9. ccogley says: Dec 23, 2011 1:47 PM

    So you want to blame a first year coach, with a shortened preseason versus a guy who was coming in for one year only. McNabb was the one throwing the short passes. He was the one complaining. You at least have to give this coaching staff a full year to propare. If it does not work out, he will be fired. But McNabb had something to do with it too.

  10. bnwillard says: Dec 23, 2011 1:48 PM

    I’m not a Vikings fan, nor do I cheer for McNabb..but “Mama McNabb’s baby boy” is a little harsh and uncalled for. Jesus, lighten up, its Christmas.

  11. thegonz13 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:50 PM

    It’s true that Musgrave’s playcalling was timid at best during McFlabb tenure. Yet it’s unforgivable for a leader not to know the blocking schemes.

    I understand the Vikings needed a bridge QB… but that one was in it for the paycheck. Period.

  12. jmclarkent says: Dec 23, 2011 1:50 PM

    It does seem to be a trend; these are some of the same issues that were mentioned as problems by the Redskins as well (and a few Eagles teammates in retrospect).

    I think that a decade in the same system has made him complacent. Mahaps Donnie needs to hit the gym and the playbook if he wants to continue his career…

  13. mikejd12 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:50 PM

    Hahahah this is the funniest thing i have ever heard.There 2 and 14 and your gonna blame mcnabb. A guy who didnt even play all the games lol. hahahah thats funny. Its like my boss said to me one time because he hates mcnabb, he said everything is mcnabbs fault. Mcnabb has nothing to do with a team that he hasnt even played on for the second half of the season. Blame your coach fools!!

  14. stevemcguigan says: Dec 23, 2011 1:52 PM

    Well I think it’s obvious McNabb was at fault: after all, look how well the Vikings have done since they benched/waived him.

  15. footballgod87 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    You can tell by all the games Minnesota has won since dumping Mcnabb that he was clearly the problem, right?

  16. tdk24 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    I’m sorry, but you can’t blame the whole season on McNabb. Maybe if he had been there for a few years, but not the short time he was there. Honestly, he probably would have done better with Childress as HC. Frazier and Musgrave are bottom of the barrel coaches. But like the saying goes, it all starts at the top, and that’s where you have to put the blame because the exec’s hired the coaches who didn’t coach the players well enough.

  17. docredskin says: Dec 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    Lord Almighty, when will the free world stop making excuses for McNabb? This is the same story, different town. Why do guys like McNabb face minimal scrutiny, even in the face of irrefutable proof, whereas guys like Orlovsky make one mistake and they’re labeled that way their entire careers? He is clearly at fault here, but like every other time in his career, he’s largely covered in Teflon.

  18. ronaldmexico says: Dec 23, 2011 1:54 PM

    McNabb was horrible but hasn’t played for much of the season and is not the only reason for Vikings’ dismal record.

    If the team spent as much effort on assembling a quality roster as it did on getting a new stadium, perhaps the on-field results would improve.

  19. huskersrock1 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:54 PM

    I dislike McNabb but this train wreck isn’t his fault. I would start with the GM and work my way down.

  20. hnicgm says: Dec 23, 2011 1:55 PM

    Hey man….where’d my comment go??

    You cant blame McN. Dude built a nice lead in many of his games only to watch the D blow it in the 4th Q.

  21. mvp43 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    Maybe McNabb should’ve worn an arm band with the plays written on it………………..

  22. pkrjones says: Dec 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    The coaching staff KNEW that McNabb was a mistake IN PRESEASON… yet they started him week 1 (guaranteeing his contract for the year!). Poor coaching decisions do NOT make it the QB’s fault… McNabb shouldn’t have made the final cut. For the past 4 years it’s been Tavaris Jackson’s fault, now McNabb’s… when will Zygi see the train-wreck for what it is and hire someone competent at GM & HC?

  23. tdk24 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:57 PM

    “bnwillard says:
    Dec 23, 2011 1:48 PM
    I’m not a Vikings fan, nor do I cheer for McNabb..but “Mama McNabb’s baby boy” is a little harsh and uncalled for. Jesus, lighten up, its Christmas.”

    I guess you didn’t pick up on the Chunky Soup commercials reference which featured Mama McNabb always getting him some Chunky Soup. (not sure if it was his real Mom or not.)

  24. kowboydmac says: Dec 23, 2011 1:58 PM

    Ok, whoever let McNabb start is a dunce, we get it. Pretty sure everyone knew he was the stopgap between Ponder/Webb and whoever would win out that battle midseason. Going with a veteran, especially with a premier runningback like AP, is the logical move.

    Whoever signed those Cornerbacks and Safeties should be checked out that he indeed knows that football in America doesn’t mean Soccer. Those guys are fast-for-nothing. Antoine Winfield has been the only stable, and even he has shown his age at times.

    McNabb had nothing to do with the Packers’ offense playing pitch and catch when they lost 45-7.

    Here’s to 2012; This time next year, I hope the Vikes make the correct moves to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

  25. TheWizard says: Dec 23, 2011 1:58 PM

    but “Mama McNabb’s baby boy” is a little harsh and uncalled for.

    They’re the ones who threw those damn chunky soup commercials at us for years, so that’s deserved.

    But generally I agree, time to stop dumping on McNabb. He had a decent career, it’s basically over, end of story.

  26. purpleguy says: Dec 23, 2011 1:59 PM

    Sure NcNabb stinks and clearly lacks the necessary work ethic (and will now be lucky to find NFL work), but Peyton Manning couldn’t win with these WRs, O-line and defensive secondary. It wasn’t a mistake to bring in a veteran NFL QB given two inexperienced QBs on the roster, the lockout and implementation of a new offensive system; however in hindsight, it clearly was a mistake to bring in McPuke as that veteran QB.

  27. broncobillie says: Dec 23, 2011 2:01 PM

    Right, McNabb really blew the scheme these past few weeks. They should just can the guy. Oh, wait…

  28. purpleguy says: Dec 23, 2011 2:01 PM

    By the way, where in that article is the Viking organization blaming McNabb? The answer to that is nowhere.

  29. joker65 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:06 PM

    I’m not seeing anywhere in the article where the Vikes place blame on McNabb. In fact, there is a part of the article that kind of says the opposite “That’s not to heap blame for the Vikings’ 2-12 record or the offense’s uneven production on a 34-year-old quarterback” ….I think the article is saying that McNabb didn’t pick up the offense in the short time he had to learn it. The headline of this article makes it seem like someone came out and said that McNabb is the reason the Vikes are 2-14…theres lots of reasons the Vikes are 2-14….McNabb is just one of them.

  30. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Dec 23, 2011 2:06 PM

    I think it’s become more than clear that McNabb was never anything more than raw talent fueled by Andy Reid’s quarterback magic.

  31. norseyapper says: Dec 23, 2011 2:07 PM

    McNabb sucked and it was obvious from the preseason on. They committed to him and then seemed to feel obligated, or else they were delusional in thinking he would suddenly get it together and be decent.
    Beyond that though, the team started bad under McNabb and then tanked.
    Unlike Miami and now Indianapolis, who have been noteworthy for giving great effort even though they didn’t have the talent to win very often, the opposite is true in MN. The Vikings caved in, turned on each other, quit listening to coaches, and basically started collecting paychecks while waiting for next year. Jared Allen and Peterson are about the only exceptions that I have seen.

  32. jg12866 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    Was McNabb great? No. but he certainly seemed serviceable. Early in the season the vikes kept losing games in the second half – this speaks more to the coaching (and maybe conditioning) than to one player. I like Leslie Frazier as a person but I have not been impressed with his coaching. And the offensive play calling?! C’mon give me a break!

  33. gdeli says: Dec 23, 2011 2:15 PM

    adjustments on defense could be coming, GEE ya think so? OMG. What a joke of an organization. 51 years of this crap. Good lord. I leaving them alone and not puttin’ on green and gold. Maybe someday function will happen.

  34. rarson says: Dec 23, 2011 2:15 PM

    Bottom line is that regardless of how bad McNabb played, we already knew he would do this before he ever signed with Minnesota, so it’s entirely their fault for signing him.

  35. lrt79 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    With McNabb at the helm the Vikings were 1-4 before Chicago helped put him out of his misery.

    How are the other 8 losses McNabb’s fault?

  36. vikesfan67 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:19 PM

    This whole team is a mess coaches, players, front office and maybe even the ownership….!!!! Good god I’ve been a fan my whole life and can’t remember this team being in a worst mess than now!! Show some leadership Wilf’s and change something because what you got anit working!!

  37. earthtopft says: Dec 23, 2011 2:20 PM

    Donovan can take it. He has normal shoulders but a prominent jaw.

  38. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:22 PM

    Please listen to me. I watched mcnabb play mediocre QB every week in Philly for 10 years. He’s not that good. He is a product of the best QB coaching in the league and rode the coattails of a solid Jim Johnson defense. Philly had a fan base split down the middle. Fans that wanted reid to stay and mcnabb to go vs fans that wanted to see what McPuke could do with another coach. Those people haven’t been heard from since the eagles went to DC last year an scored 35 points on the Washington mcnabbs before halftime. Mcnabb got benched for REX GROSSMAN!! All of mcnabbs success is owed to Reid. Therefore, as far as Minnesota goes, whomever brought in mcnabb is equally to blame as mcnabb is. #InAndyItrust

  39. lexnekst says: Dec 23, 2011 2:23 PM

    You can blame McNabb all day. BUT he’s not on the team anymore. And NOBODY outside Minnesota cares about the Vikings. At some point Vikings staff needs to look at themselves.

  40. sj39 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:24 PM

    McNabb has always been over rated.

  41. wydok says: Dec 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    If it’s McNabb’s fault, shouldn’t they be 9 – 5?

  42. gb4mn0 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    This is just another example of the typical intellectually dishonest, gallingly arrogant excuse making that has been the trademark of this slip-shod 3rd rate expansion franchise throughout it’s entire pitiful history of epic failure.

    Don’t the rest of you readers know by now that it’s never the vikequeens fault?

  43. bunjy96 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    McNabb won half of the games won by the Vikes and only played a little bit more than a third of the games.

    How can this be put on McNabb?

    Even though he is a lousy QB.

  44. backindasaddle says: Dec 23, 2011 2:35 PM

    What the heck is a “Stecklish debacle”???

    The mistake was to bring McNabb in to begin with. He’s a fat, out of shape, unmotivated, selfish, lazy sloth. The entire league already knew it so the real mistake was to hire him to begin with.

    I have absolutely no clue what a “Stecklish debacle” is. But if that’s what hiring McNabb means, then I guess this could be considered the “Stecklish debacle” of the Century.

  45. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 23, 2011 2:36 PM

    The teams biggest mistake was not just labeling this a rebuilding year and going with Ponder the whole way. Actually, they are a lot closer to competing than it looks. They lost games this year by the following point totals: 7, 4, 3, 5, 29, 6, 38, 6, 10, 3, 6, 22.

    True, they did get crushed against the Packers, Saints, and Bears (before the injury bug hit), but lots of teams have. They still have the best RB in the league, a good young WR, and a developing QB who has shown nice potential. The defense needs some help though.

  46. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 23, 2011 2:36 PM

    Keep it up and McNabb will be forced to put his “sad Donovan” face on display.

  47. rcali says: Dec 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    Well when you go all in on a veteran and it doesn’t work out, don’t expect a rookie QB to bail you out. The book was out on McNabb and the Vikings decided not to read it.

  48. briannasdad says: Dec 23, 2011 2:43 PM

    Why does everyone feel the need to preface any derogatory comments about Leslie Frazier with something like

    “I like him as a person, but…” Or, “He seems like a really good guy”….

    I know a lot of nice people. But they would be overmatched as head coaches in the NFL …. Just like Leslie Frazier is.

  49. gmen1987 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    Vikings sucked with McNabb, Vikings sucked without McNabb. That should say McNabb was not the major reson for the Vikings reeking of suckage.

  50. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    it all comes down to coaching. if players are not prepared, it’s because the coaches failed to see it was not going to work.

  51. vikingsinla says: Dec 23, 2011 2:48 PM

    The Vikes could have had the unholy, genetically-spliced offspring of Brees, Rodgers, and Manning at QB, and they still only win about 4 games. There’s not a single offensive lineman, CB, or safety who would be on the roster of any other NFL team. And besides Harvin, you could say the same of their WRs.

  52. domezo says: Dec 23, 2011 3:10 PM

    as a viking fan we need a whole new secondary. they are by far the worst secondary i have seen. poor tackling and unable to cover below average receivers its ridiculous. our front four is ok. jared needs a lot more help down there he can do it all him self. Kwill was descent this year. and our receivers well……we need a lot more wr like percy.

  53. docredskin says: Dec 23, 2011 3:11 PM

    Soon, his agent will issue a strongly worded admonition of the Vikings, followed by Cris Carter stating how unfortunate it is for poor McNabb to e sullied like this again and how nice it is that he stays above the fray.

  54. The Prophet says: Dec 23, 2011 3:12 PM

    It says a lot about Frazier. First of all he was the ONLY guy who wanted McNabb, and since he stubbornly kept him in so long, Ponder doesn’t have enough games left to finish his rookie learning curve. He’ll hit rock bottom in game 16 and will have to start over at square one next season.

  55. goforthanddie says: Dec 23, 2011 3:13 PM

    Was McNabb playing D when they blew all those leads the McNabb-led O gave them?

  56. cliverush says: Dec 23, 2011 3:14 PM

    At a recent Vikings Pep Rally everyone stood in a circle, raised their rifles, and listened for the word “FIRE”.

  57. rooney24 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:19 PM

    McNabb was horrible, and was part of them losing the games when he was playing. Sure, they built some leads, but his not being able to get any first downs in the 2nd half was as much as fault as the defense.

    But, the offensive line and defensive backs have been the biggest culprits this year. The OL played poorly last year, and they did nothing to improve it and cut McKinnie as well. Until they add 2-3 better OL, it doesn’t matter who is at QB. Injuries have been part of the problem with the DBs, but they were great or deep, even if healthy.

    I don’t think Frazier has it as a Head Coach. He is a nice guy, but doesn’t seem to do well in game, which shows up most often with poor clock management and questionable calls. Earlier this year, they lined up for a FG, changed to decide to go for it, had to waste a timeout because they changed their mind late, then had a false start, and had to try a longer FG, which they then missed. It has been a comedy of errors all season.

    And, whoever is in charge of talent doesn’t seem to know what they are doing. They don’t have anyone with the GM title, so who is in charge? Clean house and make sure one guy is in charge.

  58. thegonz13 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    Hello, Donovan? Yeah, hi… this is Jenny Craig!

  59. blkmanwtan says: Dec 23, 2011 3:46 PM

    lol this is the most funniest post I’ve read in a long time. McNabb sucked, but what I am trying to figure out is why put pressure on McNabb to win, when you know he struggles and you have the BEST running back in the league? That sounds more like coaching to me.

  60. frankdatank23 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:51 PM

    im not sure, but i think its safe to assume that rick speilman is still running the personnel dept.

    it stinks there like it did when he was chased out of miami.

    they banked on favre, and thought travaris jackson was the qb of the future. they stupidly let Sidney Rice walk, pretended the defense would never age, and decided to ride or die with A.P. what is ziggy doing up there ? plotting an exit strategy ?

  61. getadealdonealready says: Dec 23, 2011 3:53 PM

    Well there is plenty of blame to go around. I blame myself for being a fan of this crappy team and organization.

  62. mj5150 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:58 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:35 PM
    What the heck is a “Stecklish debacle”???

    ___________________________________

    Les Steckel was the Vikings coach for one season in 1984 when they went 3-13

  63. adm350 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:58 PM

    The team just sucks. Not all 5′s fault. 2 teams in a row……um ya….and how are the skins doing w/o him and how have Vikes done since he was benched…….weak argument

  64. anarchopurplism says: Dec 23, 2011 4:00 PM

    So it has to be black and white? McNabb or Frazier?

    Any serious football fan knew there would be teams that would struggle with zero offseason. MN was obviously one of the most likely franchises:
    -New head coach (1st time head coach)
    -New staff
    -New QB

    A clear recipe for disaster. Throw in a QB change to a rookie and injuries/benching of an already uber -weak secondary……now you have a lottery team.

    Any new coach should get a chance to have an off-season. D coordinator….gone. Zygi should let Frazier have next year and if it fails, he can get his star Coach/GM

  65. rick1922 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:00 PM

    DM never worked to get better even with the Eagles .He always thought when things did;nt go right it was his teammates fault.He has always been a cry babby.

  66. thingamajig says: Dec 23, 2011 4:00 PM

    Lets find out the real truth. Someone ask Rush Limbaugh what he thinks.

  67. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Dec 23, 2011 4:12 PM

    chunky soup’s new england clam chowder…yum!

  68. sasquash20 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:14 PM

    Maybe the Philly fans got it right when for years they dogged this assclown. His success was from a stud defense. Just like Andy Reid’s success. But we Philly fans are morons, right? Some how time proves us right every time.

    This Vikings season can’t be blamed on McNothing. The O-Line has been going back wards for at least 3 years. You have no WRs that strike fear in anyone, and that includes Migraine boy. Your secondary is a joke. This team has bigger holes then Paris Hilton. McNothing isn’t the reason they suck, the GM is. Trade J.Allen for all that you can and hire a new GM.

  69. jziii says: Dec 23, 2011 4:22 PM

    Weak post, Mike. Pretty sure Musgrave doesn’t have a say in personnel matters. I understand that you guys can’t watch all of the games, but if you’ve watched any Vikings games this season, you’d know that play calling has been far from the offense’s biggest problem. Musgrave has been a lot more creative in finding ways to get Percy Harvin the ball than Childress or Bevell ever were, and Musgrave’s offense has looked a LOT better since they dumped McNabb’s dead weight for Ponder. Yeah, getting McNabb was a mistake, but hindsight is 20/20, and a lot of people thought it was a smart move at the time.

  70. briang123 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:28 PM

    Ever since Rush Limbaugh said that McNabb would never be a good quarterback because he is black, people in this country, especially those of a certain elephant political party, feel that is is perfectly acceptable to racially slur McNabb. No one can possibly be shocked that the black quarterback is being blamed instead of the white coach. If McNabb were white, he would be praised every day for his working in developing Ponder, ignoring at Ponder has been erratic at best. It is really no different than how the last two presidents were treated. For obvious reasons, the last one got a pass on everything while the current one os blamed for everything.

  71. hauts81 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:34 PM

    “Was McNabb playing D when they blew all those leads the McNabb-led O gave them?”

    no, but he was the quarterback who couldn’t convert a third down to keep the defense fresh and off the field. i don’t see why Musgrave should take the blame for McNabb’s performance. Frazier is the guy who pushed hard to trade for him and got his way.

  72. sufferingbirdsfan says: Dec 23, 2011 4:40 PM

    Way to take the easy way out Vikes. I guess McNabb is responsible for how Favre ended last season and Ponder’s closing out this one too. Face it, you bet the mortgage on Brett and now you’re going to spend the next few years paying for it. You’re blaming the wrong has-been QB for this mess…

  73. wiseguy12 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:50 PM

    McNabb contributed to the poor season, but most of the problems can be attributed to coaching. In most of the games after week one (when McNabb threw for 39 yards) the offense put points on the board and the defense held down opposition scoring in the 1st half. In the 2nd half the opposing offense and defense made adjustments and Minnesota did not. This is a coaching issue, but during the offseason Minnesota let starters go and started or picked up players that had previously been back ups. As the season wore on, players other than Peterson and Jared Allen played inconsistently and below par. Later on injuries may have played a role but the poor performance of the starters would liley have spread to those players too (except maybe for Winfield). I feel the general manager and ownership’s lack of commitment to obtaining quality players is amuch to blame for the season record as coaching, if not more.

  74. stavreafavre says: Dec 23, 2011 4:56 PM

    I printed out a cover of a Vikings yearbook from this season which had McNabb and Peterson as Mini’s “Dynamic Duo.” Have it on top of my tv in a double frame with a wedding picture of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries in a “Happily Ever After” pose. Never fails to give me a smile.

  75. vikesfansteve says: Dec 23, 2011 4:59 PM

    Hmm so 16 OTA’s are going to make the players understand Musgrave’s predictible play calling when 14 entire games couldn’t. Musgrave stunk calling plays for the Jags too.

  76. throwntothelions says: Dec 23, 2011 5:00 PM

    backindasaddle says: Dec 23, 2011 2:35 PM

    What the heck is a “Stecklish debacle”???

    The mistake was to bring McNabb in to begin with. He’s a fat, out of shape, unmotivated, selfish, lazy sloth. The entire league already knew it so the real mistake was to hire him to begin with.

    I have absolutely no clue what a “Stecklish debacle” is. But if that’s what hiring McNabb means, then I guess this could be considered the “Stecklish debacle” of the Century.
    ==================================

    Les Steckle was the coach of the team that truly quit playing back in 1983 I think.

    As for the defense being lousy might be a factor of your top 5 DBs being on IR and a 6th being day-to-day.

    McNabb sucked and everyone knew it. Was he the fault of the poor season? Partially but there is plenty of blame to go around.

  77. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 23, 2011 5:00 PM

    The vikings have the reverse Midas touch.
    Everything they touch turns to dung.

    Congratulations Donovan. You only played in 6 games, gave the vikings half their wins this season, got released, and yet the vikings say you are solely responsible for their 2-12 dungheap season long after you are gone.

    The vikings empty trophycase has never been blamed on ownerhip, or the GM.
    Only coaches and some players are responsible with the vikngs.

  78. thebakesho says: Dec 23, 2011 5:26 PM

    Can someone PLEASE give Joe Webb the ball?!?

  79. TheWizard says: Dec 23, 2011 5:39 PM

    Limbaugh said that McNabb would never be a good quarterback because he is black

    Factually incorrect.

    It’s what liberals want you to think, though.

    Carry on.

  80. dragonfly99 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:00 PM

    Why blame McNabb, Leslie Frazier is the one who fought so hard to bring him in and then named him the guaranteed starter even before the season had begun.

  81. thegonz13 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:10 PM

    Here’s the thing… The Vikings brought McNabb into a major rebuilding project. So you have a guy with a known attitude problem and a penchant for laziness and you throw him behind a turnstile o-line and with no receivers to speak of and you have the perfect recipe for disaster!

  82. winskins says: Dec 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    People in DC wanted to blame McNabb for not learning the playbook fast enough, or for not listening to his coaches.

    Now in MN he’s getting blamed for not learning coverages, etc.

    You have to wonder about concussion and brain science. I seriously think McNabb should get his head tested, and I’m not being sarcastic. How is it in his best interest to end his career this way? I don’t buy that his failure is all on attitude. Maybe he does think he’s owed respect. But I wonder if the man needs medical attention.

  83. geniusesq says: Dec 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    It’s time to hang it up Chunky. It’s time.

    As a Skins fan, I used to wonder why Philly hated him so much.

    Now I know.

    And so does Minnesota.

  84. melikefootball says: Dec 23, 2011 7:05 PM

    McNabb came to the Vickings to be a starter, he did not prove to be one. Yes he deserves his blame. The Eagles saw it and gave him to Washington where he could no get in the game plan, he did no better in Minnesota. Now no one picked him up when many teams needed a starter type QB. The big blame is the Vickings not able to see he is done. McNabb had his day and now time to move on.

  85. docredskin says: Dec 23, 2011 7:16 PM

    briang123 says:
    Dec 23, 2011 4:28 PM
    Ever since Rush Limbaugh said that McNabb would never be a good quarterback because he is black, people in this country, especially those of a certain elephant political party, feel that is is perfectly acceptable to racially slur McNabb. No one can possibly be shocked that the black quarterback is being blamed instead of the white coach. If McNabb were white, he would be praised every day for his working in developing Ponder, ignoring at Ponder has been erratic at best. It is really no different than how the last two presidents were treated. For obvious reasons, the last one got a pass on everything while the current one os blamed for everything.

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    You are a race-baiting short bus occupant. McNabb has dodged more bullets because of Rush’s (correct) statements than could be accurately measured. He sucks. That, although simple, escapes you, I see.

  86. rajbais says: Dec 23, 2011 9:07 PM

    It’s sad when the media created “face offs” between McNabb and others and the “opponents” were ALWAYS viewed as villains!!!!!!!

    ESPN employs morons!!!! It actually passed his phoniness as authenticity and occasionally toughness!!!

    McNabb is not alone, but from now on it is time to view many of these media types as the boys who cried “wolf”!!!!!!!

  87. rajbais says: Dec 23, 2011 9:10 PM

    Although, kudos to Pellisero of 1500 ESPN!!!

    ESPN and a legitimate negative report about McNabb in the same world????

    I never saw this happening!!!!

  88. backindasaddle says: Dec 23, 2011 9:16 PM

    briang123 says:

    Ever since Rush Limbaugh said that McNabb would never be a good quarterback because he is black, people in this country, especially those of a certain elephant political party, feel that is is perfectly acceptable to racially slur McNabb. No one can possibly be shocked that the black quarterback is being blamed instead of the white coach. If McNabb were white, he would be praised every day for his working in developing Ponder, ignoring at Ponder has been erratic at best. It is really no different than how the last two presidents were treated. For obvious reasons, the last one got a pass on everything while the current one os blamed for everything.

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    Rush Limbaugh did NOT say “McNabb would never be a good Quarterback because he was black”.

    Rush Limbaugh said: “The NFL is desirous to have a great black Quarterback”….and he was absolutely correct in that statement. His point was that because of the NFLs desire to have a great black QB, that maybe McNabb was not quite as good as all the hype the NFL lavished upon him. Rush Limbaugh was absolutely right about this. It should also be noted that this is the very same desire which propels the NFL to continue with the “Rooney Rule” which mandates blacks be interviewed for every head coaching vacancy…… and it is also this very same desire we see of our government and many private institutions to implement Affirmative Action hiring programs which reject caucasians in favor of lesser qualified minority candidates because of their skin color. They refer to this race-based policy as “Social Justice”. I called it Racial Discrimination.

  89. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 23, 2011 9:34 PM

    I feel like those of us that watch football know more than these GM’s who get paid big money to make personel decisions. It was obvious that McNabb was washed up 3 years ago in Philly. Andy Reid makes QB’s look good (see Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick).

    If you cant make it work with Andy Reid, then you suck. He was terrible in Washington under another Shanahan, who is an offense minded coach.

    The fact that they chose to bring this guy in speakes volumes about their decision making. McNabb was never known for making the effort to be great. He was bound to be a bust in Minnesota

  90. dolphins4 says: Dec 23, 2011 10:06 PM

    Who are they going to blame when the Vikings suck next year?

  91. grannyvi4 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:42 AM

    gb4mno: WTF is your deal???? Every single time you post, it’s always about the “vikequeens”. You’re obviously a Packer backer but why this hatred towards the Vikings? As a Vikings fan I hate the Pack but I don’t feel the need to go off on them and their fans and organization every….single…chance I get. In fact, I even said something nice about Rodgers a couple weeks ago.

    There are healthy rivalries across the NFL but I’ve never seen such extreme vitriol from any other fan but you.

    Good God Almighty…take your medicationl, give it a rest, and get a freaking life already!

    Merry Christmas.

  92. lookatthefarside says: Dec 24, 2011 4:35 AM

    What a bum of an organization and what a bum of a QB.

  93. subzero05 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:52 AM

    People really amaze me with their justified hatred of McNabb. You say everyone goes easy on McNabb and yet all I see is unfairness to the guy

    So you try to take away the hard work he did with the Eagles and give all credit to Andy Reid…fine

    You claim a commercial gives some of you the right to make fun of his mom…good…

    Now he’s been kicked off the Eagles. Question…how is the “dream team” doing without McNabb? How about Kolb?

    How are the Redskins and Grossman doing without McNabb? How are the Vikings doing without him??

    So despite all of this, some of you still find the disgusting hate inside of you to make him the scapegoat anyway. How awesome

    Meanwhile…even despite his solid career, you have other teams with great defenses and better wr’s who’s Qbs haven’t taken them to 5 Nfc Championships. Seriously…where’s the logic??

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