Vikings benched McNabb due to poor work ethic, being late?

Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reported that the Vikings benched quarterback Donovan McNabb because he wasn’t putting in the time or work to become a great player.  “He’s the last one in the building, he’s the first one gone, late for meetings, late for practice,” Lombardi said, citing people in the Vikings’ organization. “They just basically have thrown up their hands and said, ‘We need to move on because that’s not what we need in a quarterback.'”

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press McNabb refuted the report to Kurt Warner of the NFL Network who said that McNabb told him over the phone, “That stuff’s crazy.”

McNabb contends that he did put in the necessary time and did what coaches had asked him to do, that he is more disappointed that the story has become about him than about being demoted for what the coaches believed was best for the team.

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10 Responses to “Vikings benched McNabb due to poor work ethic, being late?”

  1. Gary says:

    Whatever the reason is, they waited way too long……..Hopefully they learned a lesson about bringing these old QB’s to town…..with the exception of Favre that is…

  2. Lost Viking says:

    What people in the Vikings organization? Coach Leslie Frazier called the report of McNabb being lazy ‘ridiculous’. So who is giving Lombardi material he can quote on
    . OC Bill Musgrave
    . QB coach Craig Johnson (and why?)
    . GM Dic Spielman
    . Assistant to Coach Mike Singletary
    . Receivers Coach George Stewart (and why?)
    . Owner Mark Wilf

  3. Byebyezigi says:

    Maybe Cook’s girlfriend can get him wound up for the games! Arrogance and incompetence is a dangerous combo McBench-warmer.

  4. Lost Viking says:

    Eagle shaky offensive line situation became even more uncertain when Ryan Harris was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back. He underwent back surgery and was expected to be out for 2011 season. Eagle eventually gave Harris his injury release.

    Philadelphia signed Harris in April to help protect quarterback Michael Vick’s blind side. Harris quickly moved to the top of the depth chart and was projected to be the starting right tackle, but he reportedly injured his back while blocking on a field goal attempt (what?) during the Eagle August 12 preseason game against the Raven.

    Ryan Harris’ injury left Philadelphia offensive line shorthanded. Winston Justice, who started 13 games at right tackle in 2010, was unable to practice after having two offseason knee surgeries. Harris was drafted by the Bronco in the third round in ’07 and started 34 of 46 games during his time in Denver.

    Harris isn’t overwhelmingly powerful but he plays with good leverage and knee bend. Harris’ value in Denver was apparent when he missed time with a turf toe injury. The O-line wasn’t as effective without him. He can be beat by quick-twitch pass rushers on occasion but usually slides well to seal off his right side.

  5. hookem says:

    who cares what the reason is. The future is here in Ponder and it is amazing how well Peterson did once the defense had to take a man out of the box to cover the WR’s because we had a real QB in the pocket

  6. LeCount80 says:

    amen, Hookem

  7. Lost Viking says:

    Said McNabb: “I’m in here, one of the first guys in the building and the I get a good parking spot. For any of that to come out is ridiculous. I think the way I’ve gone about it, I would ask you guys obviously to talk to [offensive coordinator] Bill WhuzizzName. talk to the quarterbacks coach, uhhh, nevermind. Talk to the Head Coach … You know, the dude with the girl’s name.

    “They’ll tell you I haven’t missed a practice. I haven’t missed a game yet….. You know, it’s just another challenge throughout my career of, you hear sources. I would challenge those sources to come out some time between 10 and 2 pm because it’s definitely not true.”

  8. 4eversteve says:

    While I agree with the benching of McNabb. it should have happened about three games ago. That being said I don’t like Lombardi as a reporter he is very irresponsible, like McNabb or not he has always been a class act and I have to side with McNabb on this one. Lombardi should be reprimanded irresponsible reporting. Ponder has a chance to be a very good quarterback if the Vikings give him an offensive line to play with not to mention what AP what would do if they could open up holes in the middle. GO VIKINGS!

  9. Lost Viking says:

    Looks and sounds like Bill Musgrave is putting his imprint on the offense.

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