Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe accused some of his teammates of quitting in Sunday's 42-20 home loss to the New Orleans Saints.
“I would say, you could see some guys hung it up," Shiancoe said in a radio interview. "Not a lot though. Like a very small handful of guys."
The Saints scored 28 unanswered points in the game and piled up 573 yards of offense in the rout. New Orleans had a 36-12 edge in first downs and held the ball for nearly 39 minutes.
The loss dropped Minnesota to 2-12 on the season and kept the team on pace for the worst season in franchise history.
Shiancoe said he planned to speak privately with some of the players who did not give maximum effort.
"You have to somehow influence that. And I will do that," he said. "Ain't no games around here. We're grown men around here. Can't see nobody slacking off, especially when you give all your effort. That's not right, and that's not going to be accepted."