Endless questions about his performance are starting to put Donovan McNabb in a foul mood. The Vikings quarterback, who is at the bottom of the heap in most statistical categories so far in 2011, is especially sick of reporters grilling him about that certain word that starts with “m.”
“This whole mechanics thing is getting out of hand,” McNabb shot back when the subject came up against during Wednesday’s presser. ”Somebody says something about mechanics — everybody works on your mechanics, no matter what position you play. You watch the film and you try to work on different techniques. This whole mechanics thing is really something that I haven’t changed or anything of that nature.”
When pressed further on his accuracy issues McNabb got even more testy, saying, “Well, I guess according to y’all, all my career I’ve been inaccurate. … It’s just making the plays when the plays are there to be made.”
It didn’t take Donovan very long to develop a contentious relationship with the Twin Cities media did it?
Surely it’s no fun being grilled by the press, especially with the team coming off a resounding victory that presumably took some of the pressure off, but in truth it’s not the press McNabb has to blame for all the questions about his mechanics, it’s Leslie Frazier. The mechanics issue would not even be an issue had Frazier not used the word himself several weeks ago in detailing what was going wrong with the Vikings’ offense and specifically his QB.
With that one remark Frazier put McNabb squarely in the firing line. Now McNabb is beginning to show the strain of media pounding, while meanwhile Frazier finds himself dodging continual questions about McNabb’s future as the starter. I’m guessing this wasn’t what Frazier had in mind when he decided to hitch his wagon to Donovan’s star this off-season. For now they’re stuck with each other. That may change if McNabb’s struggles worsen or if Christian Ponder begins showing the coaches what they need to see to convince them he’s ready to start.