The numbers from Donovan McNabb and the Minnesota Vikings are underwhelming.
McNabb threw for 39 yards, the worst of his career in which he played a full game, and netted out 28 yards passing after taking two sacks. Those 28 yards represent 0.36 percent of the NFL's net passing yards for the week, about one-tenth of the average.
"I'm not here competing with other quarterbacks. I'm here to win ballgames," McNabb said Wednesday after a few days to review the film from the Vikings' performance against the San Diego Chargers.
"If you throw for three, four, five hundred yards and you still lose the game, you're still 0-1. We can look at QB ratings and everybody else's numbers and stats, but it's about being 1-0 at this particular point and we're not. So now it's just correcting it so we can possibly be 1-1."
The Vikings easily could have been 1-0 after taking a 17-7 lead to halftime, but they couldn't sustain drives in the second half (their longest drive was six plays).
"It's just the first week. We're going to continue to grow together, but yet still everyone realizes the mistakes that we made. That's the most important thing at this point," McNabb said. "It's not for me to go arguing or yelling or doing things like that. I think it's for us to understand what we did in that game and how we can [correct mistakes] together so we can kind of put that behind us as we move forward."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday the Vikings were doing a self-scout. They may have found that, despite their desire for the offense to run through Adrian Peterson, they were too run-heavy on first down. They ran 15 times on first down and passed only four times.
Still, McNabb said the Vikings weren't predictable in their offensive approach.
"No. By no means. I don't think we're predictable by any means," he said. "Everyone expects us to hand the ball off to Adrian, but there are plays in this offense and things that we can do and will do that will begin to answer a lot of the questions that teams may have."
McNabb said a bruise to his throwing wrist wasn't an issue. That landed him on last week's injury report, but he didn't miss any practice time.
Practice time might be an even bigger issue for the Vikings than most teams. They are installing a new offense, McNabb is in his first year running offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme and it is the first season for both quarterback and coordinator working with their surrounding talent.
Despite all that, McNabb insists he can't wait too long for the offense to grow.
"That's something you say when you're young. Do I have time to sit back and let it grow? No. I want it to happen now and that's the way that I prepare," he said. "I prepare just like the rest of the guys. We prepare to win now. We have the type of team here and we expect to put it out on the field."
And, yet, he also insists there isn't more pressure on him to do just that.
"Not at all. For us, I think what we just have to do is relax and play football," he said. "That's what we did in that first half and that's what we have to get back to in that second half. I expect that to be the same attitude, the same mindset, going throughout the regular season."
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