Chris Weinke: Calling new signals

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 23, 2011 - 12:34 AM

The former Cretin-Derham Hall star is staying in football by teaching QBs, including fellow Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

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grude420May. 22, 1110:19 PM

Chris Weinke, please do not pollute our #12 overall draft pick and the only hope the Vikings have for this next season. Why is a guy who had so little success in the NFL being talked up as the go-to guy to train rookies? How about you get that old washed up Mississippi boy back here to work with the kids and give him a chance to be part of football again without worrying about busting his hip?

jackstpaul3May. 23, 11 2:24 AM

Good for Weinke himself, by why would anyone of serious playing level--NFl or Div I college--seek the advice of someone who was such a failure in the NFL? High school kids, sure, but Cam Newton?

tmwinkel1May. 23, 11 4:20 AM

Knowledge does not automatically translate to ability. Just because he didn't excel in the NFL, it doesn't mean he doesn't know the position.

joe1701May. 23, 11 7:28 AM

" Why is a guy who had so little success in the NFL being talked up as the go-to guy to train rookies?" History proves that those with less success playing the pro game make the best coaches. They didn't have all the natural talent so they had to try harder and be more mental, in my opinion.

nostadium4zwMay. 23, 11 7:57 AM

Cute... Joe Webb actually thinks he is going to be a QB in the NFL. Weinke should have the other QBs throw passes to Joe to get him to work on his route running skills.

nighteMay. 23, 11 8:06 AM

Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach!!

johnsm31May. 23, 11 8:14 AM

I think there's more to this story. Weinke and IMG have found an interesting niche during the lockout. Are the coaches (Musgrave) communicating with Weinke about installing the offense without violating lockout policy (coach-to-player communication)? I wonder, since Webb has a playbook, and Ponder has part of it, if they will train together or if Weinke will work with Ponder on any plays from Webb's book?

vikings1May. 23, 11 8:19 AM

Weinke is the poster child of "do as I say, not as I do". Hopefully he's matured.


Don't jump Weinke just because he saw an opp and grabbed it. So many vet QB's could be doing the same thing, but most of them are in broadcast booths and don't think about this kind of opp. Can't think about the doe Tark, Marino, Montana, Young... even Moon, could be making by staying connected to the incoming. I give Weinke credit for staying involved and providing a service useful to newbies and guys that want to find or improve their game. I'm a happier fan knowing my guys are working at their game rather than just waiting for the gates to be unlocked. There is no downside.

larrymickMay. 23, 11 9:20 AM

@jackstpaul3 - how many star players have had success in coaching roles? Most successful coaches were marginal players but had a love for the game that translated into good coaching/teaching skills.


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