McNabb says focus on his mechanics is getting carried away

Donovan McNabb got out of Philadelphia more than a year ago, but he’s still under the microscope.

In Minnesota, they’re wondering about the quarterback’s mechanics as he’s completed only 56.8 percent of his passes so far in what, by any account, has been a slow start. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said two weeks ago the coaches were studying tape of McNabb to determine how he could improve his fundamentals.

Today, McNabb told reports in Minnesota the whole story has been overblown.

This whole mechanics thing is getting our of hand," McNabb said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Everybody works on mechanics, no matter what position you play. You watch film and you try to work on your profession. So this whole mechanics thing really isn't something I have changed or anything. When a play has to be made, you have to make it.

"Every week, you are critical of yourself, you have a critical eye on watching different things. Obviously, there were some throws I would have wanted back. But that's something you do every week. It's not just one or two weeks. That's something you do every week to try and clean up."

Frazier has credited McNabb with protecting the ball and that’s the No. 1 thing. But the Vikings need to make more plays in their passing game to complement running back Adrian Peterson. They need to pick up key third downs, something they failed miserably to do in blowing first-half leads in their first three games.

Ultimately, McNabb is a caretaker until the Christian Ponder era begins. Until he plays better, the Ponder questions – and other pointed inquiries – are going to come with frequency.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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