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Updated: October 2nd, 2011 4:13pm
Vikings not in a position to bench Donovan McNabb, Leslie Frazier says

Vikings not in a position to bench Donovan McNabb, Leslie Frazier says

by Tom Pelissero
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Leslie Frazier said the Minnesota Vikings must "re-evaluate everything" in the wake of their fourth consecutive loss on Sunday.

Unless Frazier has a change of heart about his quarterback, that apparently won't include giving consideration to replacing veteran Donovan McNabb with rookie first-round draft pick Christian Ponder beginning with next week's game against Arizona.

"No, no," Frazier said after Sunday's 22-17 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs.

"We're not in a situation where -- I don't think -- we have to make a quarterback change. But 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 play better than we played (Sunday)."

McNabb was 18-of-30 passing on Sunday for 202 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and an 88.5 passer rating. His 80.9 rating for the season is one of the NFL's worst among qualifying passers, and he's unlikely to be with the Vikings beyond the end of a season in which playoff aspirations are all but gone at the quarter pole.

"When you're going forward, you don't want to stay status quo," Frazier said. "You've got to look at what we're doing, how we're doing -- not that you have to make changes, but just take a look at what you're doing and just see, what can we do better than what we're doing to avoid not winning next week at home?"

Next week's game against the Arizona Cardinals isn't sold out -- roughly 6,500 tickets remained as of Tuesday -- and the Vikings surely want to avoid a local TV blackout as their push for a new stadium continues. It's at least possible owner Zygi Wilf might play a role in any change that is made.

Asked generally if changes are needed, McNabb said, "It starts with the players of just communicating in what we can do to get it changed. Bill (Musgrave) came up with a great game plan for us on offense, and I'm sure (Fred Pagac) came up with a great game plan on defense.

"As players, you have to be able to go out and execute and put ourselves in position to win the game at the end. That just didn't happen (Sunday). But I expect things to really turn the tide and for this offense and defense to really get going."

Halfback Adrian Peterson said the Vikings haven't lost faith in McNabb, 34, who restructured his contract to one year and $5.05 million to facilitate a trade from the Washington Redskins in July.

 "Yeah, of course, we've got confidence in him," Peterson said. "I feel like he's going to do everything in his power to correct the things that he needs to correct, continue being a great leader and help keep the locker room focused and (work) toward what we want to accomplish."

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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