Donovan McNabb tells Vikings teammates not time to panic
Some key veterans on the Minnesota Vikings addressed the team on Monday a day after they blew a large lead at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Vikings (0-2) host the NFC North rival Detroit Lions (2-0) on Sunday and it’s no longer the kind of walk-over game it’s been in the past.
“I've been part of teams that were 0-2, 1-2, whatever it may be," McNabb said today at a charity function, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"But the team still got closer enough where everyone had that confidence knowing that that next game we were going to win. And once you get one, you feel like you're going to win the next. Then you get on a winning streak and all of a sudden that confidence level is at a high to where every time you step on the field, you feel like you're going to win the game."
Left guard Steve Hutchinson and defensive end Jared Allen also addressed the team, per the report.
"I've been 0-2 before and with the attitude of understanding it's a must-win situation," McNabb said. "That's the way this team is approaching it. (Coach) Leslie (Frazier) doesn't have to get up and tell us anything. we know what we need to do.
"The leaders on this team have already spoke up and addressed the team on what needs to be done. When you're 0-2, there's no need to panic. But there is a sense of urgency that needs to take place. And we will get that going as the week goes on in practice and put it out on the field. I think we have the guys and the talent to do that."
One of the biggest problems for the Vikings has been McNabb. He was wretched in the season-opener at San Diego. While he improved against the Bucs – completing 18 of 30 passes for 228 yards – he didn’t have a touchdown. If the Vikings continue to spiral, eventually it’s going to be time to see what first-round draft pick Christian Ponder can do. Against the high-scoring Lions, the Vikings are going to need points this week.
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