One thing has become clear about Leslie Frazier‘s coaching style: He isn’t afraid of putting the onus on his quarterback. Last week Frazier was open about what he and other coaches perceived to be issues with Donovan McNabb’s mechanics, even though McNabb himself insisted he was mechanically sound. This week it’s not McNabb’s mechanics Frazier is worried about, it’s the way he’s running the offense – and once again Frazier is putting public pressure on McNabb to perform better.
In his Wednesday presser Frazier placed special emphasis on McNabb’s decision-making, saying he wants his QB to be more aggressive throwing the ball, explaining, “We’re not really coaching conservatism.”
In other words, don’t blame Bill Musgrave if the Vikings offense sometimes looks too conservative, blame McNabb for not always pushing the ball downfield when the opportunities present themselves. McNabb has been criticized a few times this year by observers who think he is too eager to take the check-down, though in McNabb’s defense, the offensive line hasn’t always given him the time to let things develop downfield.
All-in-all McNabb seemed to have no trouble handling being publicly called-out by his coach last week. We’ll see how many more times Frazier can get away with putting the focus on McNabb’s play before the sometimes-prickly veteran gets tired of it.