Joe Theismann on Vikings QB controversy: “within two or three weeks of seeing Ponder”

Former Redskins quarterback/NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann believes it’s getting to be that time for the Vikings to replace Donovan McNabb with rookie Christian Ponder according to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“I know Donovan has said he has been on teams that have started 0-2,” Theismann said Tuesday. “I don’t know if anybody has asked him if he has been on teams that started 0-4. But I think that’s probably the next question he’s going to get.

“The Vikings are not going to win the division. I think we’re probably within two or three weeks of seeing Christian Ponder.”

“There were a lot of excuses for Donovan’s play in Washington last year – offensive line, wide receiving corps, the running game in general was not very supportive,” Theismann said. “When Donovan left to come to Minnesota, I said publicly: ‘You can’t hide anymore. This is on you. You’re going to be what you’re going to be.’ It’s what he was in Washington.

“I think Donovan McNabb is a great person. People have attacked him, and he has stood the test of time of all these people who have said stupid things about him. He has conducted himself with the utmost class.

“But,” Theismann emphatically stated, “he can’t throw the football accurately. That’s a football observation. That’s just football talent – that’s who he is. He’s a career sub-60 percent passer. Which, to me, in this day and age of throwing the football, is paramount to not being very good.”

McNabb’s completion rate through four games this season is 58.6 percent.

Here’s where the big bashing towards McNabb really begins:

“I think the world of him as a person, but as a football player…his mechanics are horrible. They’ve been horrible, they are horrible, they’ll remain horrible,” Theismann said. “And that’s unfortunate, because he’s too far into it now. His football work is bad, his accuracy is bad.

“He’s most effective extending the play, running around and throwing something down the field. It’s what he did (for the Eagles) in Philly. But you leave Donovan in the pocket, you’ve got a one-in-three chance of him hitting the receiver.”

Is Theismann right about his assessment concerning Donovan?


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