The Vikings' quarterback quandary

  • Article by: JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2011 - 8:34 AM

The Vikings are like a lot of teams at the top of this year's draft list: They're looking for Mr. Right to lead their offense.

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bondlakeApr. 23, 1110:43 PM

So, here we are, two years later. Back then I was blasted by the Viking faithful that Brett Favre was not the answer. I said then that the team should be channeling its efforts for the long term. A then soon to be 39-year old QB? Just so he could get revenge against the Packers? He got his revenge and then went into the tank. And so did the Vikings. And Mr. Wilf is $25 million poorer.

tromba55Apr. 23, 1110:52 PM

The Vikes are in a tough position. Not high enough for a potentially great QB and their second rounder is too low for the second tier guys. At this point, I say draft a stud on the d-line at 12 and take your chances that one of them fall to you. Our d-line and O-line need upgrade badly. Right now we can't protect a QB anyway so why draft an iffy QB at 12 and throw him to the wolves while missing out on a 10 year stud on the line? Get by with McNabb and Webb. McNabb has savvy and Webb can run his way out of trouble. I think the QB will have to wait until next year sad to say. You can't force this position in the draft!

emptytrphycsApr. 23, 1111:39 PM

No need to worry homers, the vikings have a fool proof QB model that is sure to keep their Lombardi trophy case empty for another 50 (and counting) seasons. The vikings model is as follows: Don't ever draft a first round QB and groom him to be a long-term franchise player, continue to bring in veteran "washed up" re-tread QBs well beyond their prime in order to "just get by" year after year. The vikings QB model also believes it is far better to draft late round Division II type QBs (QBs that no other teams are dumb enough to draft but come real cheap) and sell to all the gullible homers that this QB is talented but "raw" and will be a future project so do not expect him to be ready for at least three years.

gomntwinsApr. 24, 1112:04 AM

If the Vikes bring in another old QB to start, I doubt if could stand to watch this year. I've been a fan since the Vikes first Super Bowl year. The Vikes have been bringing in other team's castoff QB's for about a quarter century now. It seems like the Vikes have a different retread QB every year and still no Lombardi trophy. That's the definition of insanity, doing the same dumb thing over and over again and expecting a better result. If Joe Webb is our starter next season we would find out if he is the franchise QB. If he does not work out we could move forward with a QB drafted this year or next year. If drafting a QB high and missing sets your franchise back, I can tell you from Viking's history that bringing in old geezers to play QB sets your franchise back even more.

northstars91Apr. 24, 1112:12 AM

I'd rather see the Viking work out a deal to get Alex Smith from the 49ers, perhaps a change of scenery would do him good and he's still young. As far as Kevin Kolb? No way.

borm0034Apr. 24, 1112:55 AM

i think gomntwins hit it right on. look back at the last 10, 15 years of vikes QB's. yeah, we had some great seasons in there with some veteran QB's, but no year-after-year consistency. WHY DO WE ALL HATE THE PACKERS? i hate to say it, but it's because they are generally good most years because of their consistent quarterback play. they went from favre to rodgers..and who have the vikes had in that span? i'll tell you; -Gannon/Salisbury -McMahon/Salisbury -Moon/Salisbury -Brad Johnson -Randall Cunningham -Jeff George -Culpepper -Brad Johnson (again) -T-Jack -Frerrote/T-Jack -Brett Favre Does anybody see the picture here? WE NEED A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK! Now, is Jake Locker a sure thing at #12? Absolutely not, but like Billick said, who is? Although he had a down year last year, he is a dual-threat QB who has the skills to win in the next level. He won the most inspirational award twice at UW twice and was the captain his last 2 years, so you know he is a leader. I love the vikings and know it would be great to pass on an excellent d-lineman, but we have guys who can play those positions (jared allen, kevin williams, brian robison, maybe pat if he comes back). what we dont have, and havent had in decades, is a franchise quarterback.

joshrocksApr. 24, 1112:59 AM

I personally vote: Joe Webb to start, get him some experience, and get some good offensive line players in place.

mcjoe1Apr. 24, 11 1:23 AM

Cam Newton is the next Vince Young - I wouldn't touch him at all. McNabb is great in about 1 out of every 3 games he plays, and he's one of the only quarterbacks I've seen that's all laughs and smiles after throwing multiple interceptions. It's time to get a young talented QB and start from scratch, preferably one that doesn't try to run the ball every 3 downs.

v1norseforceApr. 24, 11 1:47 AM

Wait a second! Newton and Gabbert will be gone by pick 12? And we don't have a 3rd round pick because we gave it up for Moss? This is all news to me! Seriuosly, every article that has the word 'draft' in it mentions this. I can't wait til thursday so we can get some new material. And Thank You to whoever picks Cam ahead of us.

purple24Apr. 24, 11 2:07 AM

All Vikings have to do to solve our qb problem is draft Christian Ponder at 12. I guarantee he'll still be on the board at 12 and say what you want about it being a reach, everyone's going to say he should have been draft 1st overall 4 to 5 years from now. Just watch.


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