It has been a steep fall for Vikings fans since the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game two seasons ago.
After an ugly 0-2 start — which included losing a 17-0 lead to the Buccaneers on Sunday — coach Leslie Frazier, in comments to The Associated Press, urged Minnesota’s faithful to stick around: “My only words to our fans are be patient. We’re going to get there. I have great belief that we will.”
Grade-A coachspeak, perhaps enough to quell newbies, but not Donovan McNabb. While the QB’s play has contributed to the team’s rocky start, he’s preaching a message of urgency.
“Do I have time to sit back and let it grow?” McNabb told The AP after the team’s opening loss to the Chargers. “No. I want it to happen now, and that’s the way that I prepare. We prepare to win now.”
McNabb has been hotly criticized for just about everything during his career. Booed by Eagles fans when he was drafted in 1999, it never seemed to let up — especially in his ugly episode with the Redskins last season. After Mike Shanahan threw McNabb under the bus, he took a pay cut to join a team he believed could win now.
Barring a sharp reversal of fortune, it could be a long season for a man who largely has remained a class act through thick and thin.
– Marc Sessler