Of the options the Vikings were presented with during the off-season, signing Donovan McNabb to a one year deal and naming him the starting quarterback was the best. I fully endorsed the move because it was the lesser of all evils.
But after wasting yet another beautiful Sunday afternoon watching a slightly above average football team being “led” by a far below average quarterback, I’ve had enough.
McNabb is not the answer. There is a reason why Washington was more than happy to get rid of him after one year. I’m actually surprised at how bad he is. Even his completed passes are off target. He is incapable of making a throw where the receiver can catch it AND continue running. Not to mention the countless tipped balls at the line of scrimmage and his unwillingness to run for easy first downs.
At the same time, I’m not saying that Christian Ponder is ready to lead this team to the playoffs. But why would Minnesota invest any more valuable playing time in a washed up quarterback? So for that reason alone, the Vikings need to waive McNabb immediately and look to the future with Ponder. He surely isn’t learning anything from McNabb. With a year of on the job training, it’s possible that Ponder would be comfortable next season.
If Leslie Frazier decides to stick with McNabb, you can chalk up another year wasted in the career of Adrian Peterson as well. I’m not sure a player with his talent has ever been so underutilized. If Frazier doesn’t want to be a one and done coach he will jettison McNabb ASAP.
Until then, I vow not to let another Sunday afternoon slip through my fingers.