Kremer interviewed McNabb about going from the Vikings starting QB to backing up rookie Christian Ponder and if he thinks he should still be starting. McNabb addresses the report last week by NFL Network & NFL.com analyst Michael Lombardi about his work habits in Washington and Minnesota following his successful years as the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also talks about what went wrong in Washington and his relationship with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
In addition to the two-part sit-down interview on NFL GameDay Morning, NFL.com will also have a story written by Kremer about the interview on Friday. She will also appear on NFL Network live Sunday morning during the pregame show that starts at 9:00 AM ET to discuss the interview with McNabb.
This is the first feature interview that Andrea Kremer has done for NFL Network as a special correspondent.
***Here is Michael Lombardi’s report last week on NFL GameDay Morning.
“Donovan really has not been putting the time in to be the great player. What happened in Washington, the lack of work habits in Washington, has now gone into Minnesota.” – Michael Lombardi on Vikings QB Donovan McNabb
“He said ‘that stuff’s crazy.’ He said he’s putting in his time. He says he’s doing what the coaches ask him to do in every situation.” – Kurt Warner on his phone conversation with QB Donovan McNabb and questions about his work ethic
Michael Lombardi’s ‘Front Office View’ NFL.com Column on Vikings QB Donovan McNabb:
Donovan really has not been putting the time in to be the great player. What happened in Washington, the lack of work habits in Washington has now gone into Minnesota. What I was told by people in the organization is that he is the last one in the building and he’s the first one gone. He’s not willing to put the time in. He’s late for meetings, late for practice; so they’ve just basically thrown up their hands and said, ‘we need to move on because ultimately, that’s not what we want in a quarterback.’
It happened in Washington and this is the reason he’s not in Washington. If you go back and talk to people in Philadelphia, there were questionable work habits. Donovan’s going to say, ‘hey, look, that’s not all true,’ but the reality of the situation is Minnesota knew this. Bill Musgrave, the [Vikings] offensive coordinator and Mike Shanahan have a relationship, so before Shanahan released McNabb and before Musgrave took him on; [Minnesota] knew exactly what they were getting. They were hoping they could change him. They were hoping he was going to rekindle his career, but essentially what’s happened in Minnesota is the same thing that happened in Washington.
For more with Lombardi on McNabb, please read his column Misguided Belief Leads Vikings to Turn to Rookie Ponder:
“I understand the text that he sent you and him calling back to defend himself, but the proof is in the pudding. The eye in the sky, the game film, does not lie. He looked like an unprepared quarterback out there on Sunday.” – Warren Sapp on the questions regarding QB Donovan McNabb’s work ethic
What’s wrong with McNabb – NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning analysts explain what is really wrong with Donovan McNabb as of late after being benched by three teams in three years