Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reported that the Vikings benched quarterback Donovan McNabb because he wasn’t putting in the time or work to become a great player. “He’s the last one in the building, he’s the first one gone, late for meetings, late for practice,” Lombardi said, citing people in the Vikings’ organization. “They just basically have thrown up their hands and said, ‘We need to move on because that’s not what we need in a quarterback.’”
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press McNabb refuted the report to Kurt Warner of the NFL Network who said that McNabb told him over the phone, “That stuff’s crazy.”
McNabb contends that he did put in the necessary time and did what coaches had asked him to do, that he is more disappointed that the story has become about him than about being demoted for what the coaches believed was best for the team.