Donovan McNabb Will Lead An Improv Troupe

All reports out of Mankato indicate that the Vikings offense appears to be light years behind the defense.  With any luck, that means the Vikings defense is just going to be that good, but having that amount of faith is something that will be reserved for only the most optimistic fans.

With Charlie Johnson getting owned by Jared Allen, and the quarterbacks throwing interceptions like candy from a parade float, one can’t help but wonder how ugly things are going to get this year.

With a new head coach and offensive coordinator, a lengthy lockout eating into OTA’s, and new practice rules limiting the time available for installation of a new offense, the Vikings are at a major disadvantage when it comes to getting caught up.

To me, this means that Donovan McNabb will have to spend every game prepared to improvise on a snap-by-snap basis.  While I am openly unloving towards McNabb, I acknowledge that the move to acquire him did make perfect sense, and there is video evidence that McNabb can make things up as he goes with the best of them.

We have also seen Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Jim Kleinsasser make something out of nothing on a number of occasions, and each has displayed the smarts necessary to change things up on the fly.  New wide receiver Michael Jenkins has also made a career of being a safety valve when things go awry.

The really cool part about all of this is that the Vikings apparently have a coaching staff in place now that will allow enough flexibility within the offense to allow McNabb and company to try and exploit an opportunity when presented with one.

“It’s really his system. It’s Donovan’s system, so if something happens here in the month of August that he would like to tweak, maybe call something differently in the huddle, at the line of scrimmage, maybe want to teach differently, to definitely come and talk to us about it because we’re open-minded about it,” Bill Musgrave said. “We like to tailor make or customize our system to fit our players.”

Under the command of Brad Childress, it appeared to fans that even the most seasoned quarterback in the world, Brett Favre, had to abide by a rigid system and were chastised when they strayed from that system. 

Under Frazier and Musgrave, it looks like McNabb will have some freedom, and I think this offense will benefit from that.

“It’s truly unique,” McNabb said of his role in developing the Vikings offense. “As we know, some coaches can be stubborn. Some coaches say it’s my way or no way. You become robotic. That’s when you pull away from your style of play and the things that made you successful.  But when you’re on the same page with the guy or with the group or whatever, then everybody has a better understanding of each other.”

McNabb signed a one year deal, reportedly worth up to $7.25 million, upon being traded to the Vikings.  How he performs as a leader to this offense, and a tutor to Christian Ponder and Joe Webb, will determine how and where the rest of his career plays out.

McNabb should have all the motivation in the world to make this season a success, and the Vikings coaches are going to let him do things his way, so once again us fans can’t help but wonder if this band-aid at the quarterback position will end up being just what the team needed.

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8 Responses to “Donovan McNabb Will Lead An Improv Troupe”

  1. Skol12 says:

    I am not a Mcnabb fan by any means, he ranks up there with Mr Obama in my book, but he has a better chance of being successful this year than Ponder. He is somewhat mobile, and he has experience in the NFL which will lead to better audibles and pre-snap reads. I am just afraid we are back to the 2008 vikings, we seem to have everything in place(defense, qb of the future[Ponder], rb, Percy, TE’s) but are missing that one component that will make us a playoff contender, only this time it is an offensive line not a quarterback.

  2. CSlinde says:

    I think there’s a really good chance fans will be shocked at how good we are vs what the naysyayers are blowing wind about. ‘The Champ’ is going to get so much more out these players. Couple that with a proven OC. Hmmm

  3. sb says:

    Does anyone know the status of Jared Gaither of the Ravens? He was a free agent and a more than capable LT, know we are rid of the blob McKinnie we should have room to sign gaither.

  4. Purple Charlie says:

    He’s here, so lets make the best of it.
    Nobody is giving us much of a chance this year.
    Hey were Vikings fans lol. Maybe they will surprise us this year !

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