Lombardi: McNabb taking heat for entire offense

Donovan McNabb and the Vikings have spent the week convincing anyone who will listen that it’s not all about stats.

That’s a tough sell when the stat in question is 39, as in the 39 total passing yards the Vikings had in their season-opening loss at San Diego. Bad went to worse for the Vikings during the second half, when McNabb was 1-of-6 passing for 2 yards. If you haven’t read that stat yet, it’s not a misprint. Oddly enough, in the midst of the dismal showing through the air, the Vikings held a 17-14 lead entering the third quarter.

While it’s most convenient to blame McNabb, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi chalks it up to a team effort. As in a poor team effort.

“Watching the tape, the offense was shut down,” Lombardi said on “Around the League” on Thursday. “There was no place for McNabb to throw the ball, and when he did, he was inaccurate. The receivers didn’t win the one-on-one matchups.

“I think (offensive coordinator) Bill Musgrave is going to be challenged to have to become more creative than what he showed on Sunday. I think this truly was a team effort in a poor performance from the coordinator through all the players, including the offensive line. McNabb takes the heat, but the other 10 guys are also responsible.”

So, at least Leslie Frazier isn’t alone in believing this loss doesn’t fall solely on McNabb.

— Frank Tadych

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