Sports, State/Region, Top Stories — October 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

McNabb still the man for Vikes

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The Vikings may have gotten off to a rough 0-4 start under quarterback Donovan McNabb, but head coach Leslie Frazier said McNabb is still the starter going into week five.

“I don’t think we have to make a quarterback change, now we’ll go back and look at this tape and look at every position and try to see what we can do to help every position to play better than we played today.”
While Frazier is not wrong when he says every position needs some work, the stats do not lie in saying that McNabb has not been helping the Vikings cause either.
The Vikings run offense is ranked third in the NFL, while the pass offense is ranked 31st in the league under McNabb. There have also been 15 quarterbacks that have already passed for 1,000 yards this season, while McNabb has only passed for 680 yards; the fewest for any player who has started all four games.
McNabb has also had four turnovers in the first four games this season (two interceptions and two fumbles). That, however, does not show how many incomplete passes McNabb has thrown. He has a 58.6 completion percentage this season, with the season low 46.7 percent coming in week one’s San Diego matchup.
The blame is not all on McNabb, however, the defense does rank fifth in run defense, but their pass defense ranks 28th. This could be part of the problem that has been leading to their second half collapses in the first three weeks.
Although fans may be wanting to see the 12th overall pick Christian Ponder in action soon, coach Frazier still plans on using McNabb this Sunday when Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals visit. That game starts at noon.

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