No one expected Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley to step up to the podium this week and trash any player on the Minnesota Vikings and certainly not their starting quarterback. But it’s not often you go out of your way to praise someone that is statistically one of the worst in the league at his position either.
Haley said on Wednesday and again on Thursday that Vikings QB Donovan McNabb has shown this season that “he’s still got it.”
What “it” is exactly, I’m not so sure.
It’s almost the award for least amount of yards thrown by a starting quarterback, but fortunately for him Matt Cassel holds that distinction.
Really it wasn’t any one thing that stuck out to the Chiefs head coach, rather it was the whole package.
“He can still hurt you with his feet. He’s got a great arm,” Haley said. “He’s smart and can hurt you and hurt you big in a number of ways.”
McNabb has increased his accuracy, QB rating and cut down on his interceptions as the season has one along, but there are few other things to like about how he has played. He has been sacked 2, 2 and 4 times in the Vikings first three games while using his legs to make plays less. After rushing three times for 32 yards in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers, McNabb has run for a total of 23 yards the last two games and has put the ball on the carpet once.
If the Chiefs defense is lucky, McNabb will continue to show Sunday what he’s got.