Instead of trying to plug quarterback Donovan McNabb into their offense, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to plug their offense into Donovan McNabb.
Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave hopes to revitalize the 34-year old passer by making McNabb as comfortable as possible in his offense. It is a marked departure from the approach the Redskins took last year, when McNabb had his most disappointing NFL season.
"Our whole offensive staff is trying to put him in position to have success," said Musgrave, who came to the Vikings from the Falcons, where he coached Matt Ryan. "We are customizing and tailoring the Vikings system to fit his strengths."
Musgrave has studied what McNabb had success with in Philadelphia and is including many of those concepts in the new Vikings offense.
McNabb will benefit from a change in scenery, but he's hampered by the fact that two of Minnesota's main receivers are Michael Jenkins and Bernard Berrian. And there is the very real chance he will give way to Christian Ponder at some point in the season. When it comes time to draft your backup quarterback, you should look elsewhere.