Donovan McNabb Put on His Happiest Face and Addressed Media About His Removal

Brendan O'HareContributor IOctober 20, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16:  Quaretrback Donovan McNabb # 5 of the Minnesota Vikings passes during the game against the Chicago Bears on October 16, 2011 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Donovan McNabb turned his emotion chip from "phlegmatic" to "stupefied" today, as he told reporters a tale laced with endless ennui:

"I know I have a lot of football left in me, he (Minnesota Head Coach Leslie Frazier) is the head coach and decisions are made. At this particular point, it's for me to continue to prepare and make sure that we continue to support Christian and make sure that he's ready. But most important for me, is to prepare because I'm just one play from going back in. Just make sure I'm ready when called upon and try to lead us to victory."

Of course, it is hard to believe that McNabb, in his heart of hearts, fully supports the new quarterback—soon to be carelessly exposed Christian Ponder—as McNabb begins this statement saying that his football gas tank isn't dried out yet. Looking at his stat line, this is almost believable:

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate

94 156 60.3 1,026 6.6 4 2 16 113 82.9


A quick look would give the portrayal that McNabb hasn't been the complete abortion that the media, and consequentially now Leslie Frazier, have made him out to be. That's a decent TD-INT ratio, despite the low TD total. The completion percentage is nice, as is the comfy QB rating. The problem is, those yards/TD's are much too low, especially in a season where passing stats seem to be exorbitantly exaggerated. Oh, and the Vikings are 1-5—so that, too.

McNabb’s inability to get anything out of the Minnesota offense—or the team as a whole—comes back to Frazier, who entrusted McNabb with running the team back when he signed him this summer. Frazier’s refusal to go against his quarterback when the team was sinking Lusitania-style earlier in the season, is now juxtaposed against his decision to slip McNabb a pink slip underneath his door.

Look at that last sentence in McNabb’s quote for a second: “I’m just one play from going back in”. Is McNabb going to switch the real football with an explosive one when Ponder takes his first snap? Because I think so. Players generally do not respond well to be taken out of the starting lineup after being ensured a starting position when signing a career-altering contract. Donovan can tell you a lot about that, and have furious tales of Washington coach Mike Shanahan as well.

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