Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier sees a mixed bag with his team, an 0-4 squad Frazier feels is "on the verge of getting things turned" but which needs to clean up its effort in several key areas to do so. Yet while Frazier said Monday afternoon at his press conference that he was considering some personnel changes, no shake-up was on the itinerary at quarterback where Donovan McNabb will be the starter Sunday at Mall of America Field against Arizona.
Said Frazier: "Based on these four games we've had this season, we're not at a point where we're making a quarterback change. There are a lot of things that we need to correct on our football team based on the fact that we're 0-4. But at this point, a quarterback change isn't one of those changes."
Frazier said he liked some of the progress McNabb made in Sunday's 22-17 loss at Kansas City. McNabb was 18-for-30 for 202 yards with two TD passes and an interception. McNabb connected in the first quarter on a 34-yard scoring strike to Devin Aromashodu and added a 1-yard touchdown toss to Michael Jenkins in the fourth quarter.
"If you look at Donovan's performance on Sunday, there was much more consistency in some of his throws," Frazier said. "Plus, he hit that play with Devin. That was a big play for us, something we've been hoping to do from the beginning of the season. We finally got one and hope to see more of that to come."
Translation: for this week anyway, the Christian Ponder Watch across the Twin Cities will remain on hold.
Berrian apologizes for Twiter exchange, Kriesel 'over it': Frazier said wide receiver Bernard Berrian reached out to state Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) after the two had an uncomfortable war of words on Twitter on Sunday evening. According to Frazier, Bernard called Kriesel with a formal apology for the exchange, a wise move considering that Kriesel is a co-sponsor of the Vikings stadium bill.
"That was encouraging," Frazier said. "We want to make sure that our focus is on football and trying to win football games. And I think going forward, [Bernard] will handle things the right way."
When reached by the Star Tribune on his cell phone about the tiff, Kriesel said he had gotten a voice message from Berrian and thought the whole thing had gotten blown out of proportion.
"I'm shocked that this is one of the bigger stories of the day," said Kriesel, a proponent of a new Vikings stadium. "But that be life in Minnesota with the Vikings, just one of those things."
Johnson dealing with triceps injury:
Left tackle Charlie Johnson missed the final series of Sunday's loss in Kansas City but, according to Frazier, should be clear for practice this week. Johnson was injured on Minnesota's fourth quarter touchdown drive, saying after the game that he had hurt his elbow. Frazier said Monday it was a triceps issue that shouldn't limit the veteran tackle this week.