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Donovan McNabb: Mechanics issue “getting out of hand”

Donovan McNabb, Phil Loadholt

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) reacts with teammate Phil Loadholt, left, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 34-10. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


It has been a few weeks since Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that the team was going to work with Donovan McNabb to clean up some mechanical issues so he would be more accurate.

There hasn’t been much success on that front. McNabb failed to complete half of his passes against the Cardinals on Sunday, the second time that’s happened this season, and he didn’t much want to address questions about work on his mechanics during his weekly press conference.

“This whole mechanics thing is getting out of hand,” McNabb said. “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.”

He later bristled at another direct question about his inaccuracy.

“I guess, according to y’all, my whole career I’ve been inaccurate. It’s just making the play when the play needs to be made.”

McNabb’s career completion percentage of 58.9 is in the neighborhood of this year’s 56.8, but the big difference is that his per-game average in yards is down more than 50 yards from his career mark. That’s an indication that he isn’t making the plays when they need to be made.

But the truth is that none of those numbers matter, something McNabb also acknowledged when trying to shrug off questions about his production on Wednesday. What matters is winning and McNabb hasn’t been doing enough of it to argue that his inaccurate passing isn’t a negative for the team.