Now that Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has made the decision to start Christian Ponder over Donovan McNabb, the speculation can begin as to whether or not McNabb will request to be released or possibly even retire.
Yesterday Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk makes the case for McNabb to ask for his release from the team if another job opens up because of an injury.
Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN writes that the Vikings decision to go with Ponder is a long term decision rather than just a temporary change of direction. Zulgad seems to think that there’s a good chance that Donovan McNabb has played his last snap for the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert takes the conversation a step further by suggesting that McNabb could be done in the NFL all together.
“We’ve noted many times that McNabb deserves only partial blame for the Vikings’ woes this season. The lockout, an imbalanced roster and some uninspired work from offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have all contributed. Regardless, you have to wonder if McNabb has made the final start of his NFL career. Coach Leslie Frazier officially is still mulling his starter for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but it doesn’t usually bode well for an incumbent when the coach doesn’t immediately express support. If Christian Ponder assumes the job and stays healthy for the remainder of the season, what options would McNabb have in 2012? He would have been benched in consecutive years by two different organizations. I’m not sure if another team would offer him its starting job. Earlier this month, Sports Illustrated reported McNabb will strongly consider retirement if that scenario plays out.”
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