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Updated: October 5th, 2011 12:34pm
Donovan McNabb meets with coaches, 'not caught up' in talk of change

Donovan McNabb meets with coaches, 'not caught up' in talk of change

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Donovan McNabb met on Monday with coach Leslie Frazier, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson to "clear the air" about the Minnesota Vikings' 0-4 start.

However, Frazier said McNabb didn't ask for clarification about his footing as the Vikings' starting quarterback, and McNabb said he's not stressing out about the possibility one more loss could make the team turn to rookie Christian Ponder.

"Not at all, not at all," McNabb said on Wednesday. "I don't have very much hair to pull out, so that wouldn't be an issue. ... I don't get caught up in that whole deal.

"I think everyone just kind of -- everyone loves the backup, first and foremost. Everyone loves for something else to happen, and then if it doesn't have the way that everyone expects it, then it's funny the answers you get after that.

"The way of changing everything is to go out and win, and we all know that. I can't focus on what people are saying from the outside or what the rumors are. I can only focus on what we're doing here."

McNabb, 34, joined the Vikings via trade in July from Washington, where he was benched twice in what he again wrote off on Wednesday as "a blur" and a lost season.

He also restructured his contract to a one-year deal worth $5.05 million and now seems to be at risk of being benched again if the Vikings don't win on Sunday against Arizona.

"The record of your team is probably the number one issue as you're trying to figure out what's the best thing for your football team and what gets you to the point where you are looking at the quarterback position like so many are doing," Frazier said.

"What has created that conversation? Our record has a lot to do with that. So, in my case, it's more about our entire team, what's best for our team as I'm making a decision, as our staff is making a decision. That's truly what it's about -- what's the best thing for our team at this point?"

So far, Frazier has been steadfast in support of McNabb, whose numbers so far -- 65-of-111 passing (58.6%) for 680 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and an 80.9 rating -- rank among the NFL's worst. McNabb's 34-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu in Sunday's loss at Kansas City was his first completion of more than 24 yards to a wide receiver this season.

"We're not really coaching conservatism," Frazier said. "We want to take shots, and that's one of the reasons we've taken shots in our ballgames. We just haven't connected enough. We need to connect on a few more, and that would really help our run game as well."

Monday's meeting was about "certain plays, certain ways of attacking defenses that we all would be kind of comfortable with and what we've had success with over these past four games of just kind of staying with it and being able to move forward," McNabb said.

According to Frazier, they discussed "the same things that probably every coach talks to their quarterback about when you're trying to play winning football. That's what we discussed -- some information that hopefully will help our football team."

Frazier said he won't make any other starting lineup changes this week either but acknowledged coaches have discussed a variety of issues, including taking some of those discussions to players.

"The four games are over," McNabb said. "Now, it's time to move on. But I thought it was important that everyone had the opportunity to kind of clear the air and kind of get at a level where I think we all will be looking forward to success."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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