Yes the anonymous sources are at it again (those guys must have Tom Pelissero on speed-dial). This time they’re talking about Donovan McNabb. Pelissero reveals in his newest “Who to Blame for 2011″ piece the full extent of McNabb’s cluelessness. According to snitches, McNabb was so poorly versed in Bill Musgrave’s new offense that he didn’t even know the protections going into the first game. McNabb reportedly told teammates in a meeting just before the opener, “Guys, I don’t know what’s going on.”
At least the man is honest.
Pelissero tersely describes the other Vikings’ reaction to McNabb’s cluelessness:
For players familiar with Brett Favre’s precision and encyclopedic knowledge of Xs and Os, the contrast was stark. Coupled with some atrocious practice performances, questionable conditioning and a seemingly cavalier approach to correcting mistakes, McNabb had teammates wary even before he suited up for a regular-season game.
Okay okay, we got it. McNabb was no Favre. McNabb also had no offensive line and pretty much garbage receivers. Given the overall circumstances, blaming everything on McNabb seems kind of lame. It’s even lamer that some of this is apparently coming from McNabb’s former teammates. Once again, the Vikings demonstrate that there is only one aspect of pro football they truly excel at: whining anonymously to reporters.
While we’re on the subject of McNabb: It seems Donovan has yet to pony up the charitable donation he agreed to hand over as part of his number exchange with Chris Kluwe. Really Donovan? Stiffing a charity? That’s even worse than not knowing the offense.