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Monday, September 26, 2011
BBAO: Frazier staying with McNabb

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We spent Sunday evening discussing the NFC North's new world order and the craziest trick play no one saw. That leaves plenty of fodder for the coming days, and we'll start with what the Minnesota Vikings insist is the absence of a quarterback controversy.

After Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions, coach Leslie Frazier said: "I don't think the quarterback position is our problem right now. No. We're not thinking about anything at the quarterback position." (Via Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.)

It's true that Donovan McNabb isn't really at the top of the list of underperforming Vikings. But does it make sense for an 0-3 team to play a 34-year-old quarterback in what will be an exceedingly difficult push for a playoff spot, all while your quarterback of the future (Christian Ponder) stands on the sideline? The quarterback might not be an acute Vikings problem at the moment, but the looming transition from McNabb to Ponder -- whenever it happens -- might be the most important event remaining for this franchise in 2011.

Continuing around the NFC North: