Vikings 2011: QB Donovan McNabb

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  • Updated: September 9, 2011 - 1:03 AM

When listing reasons to consider this the Vikings' great unknown season, it's probably best to start at the top with yet another aging quarterback looking to resurrect his career while wearing the purple.

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gadflySep. 9, 11 9:41 AM

So if McNabb plays well, and the Vikings make the playoffs (yes, it's a big "IF," but anything can happen in a hypothetical situation), then what happens next year? I realize it would be a good problem to have, but I still wish they would have signed him to a 2-year deal (or even better, one year with an option).

prepworkSep. 9, 1110:20 AM

I agree gadfly, Seems the possibility of McNabb playing to his potential and helping this team back to elite status was not considered.

guanrySep. 9, 1112:06 PM

If he has a good year, we sign him to a two-year contract. If he starts again next year, great. If Ponder beats him out in the OTAs/Training Camp/Preseason, we have a strong starting QB and a great back-up. No prob, we got this, fellow purple peeps! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!

conormacleodSep. 9, 11 1:36 PM

I'd say last year was more of an aberration for McNabb, based upon the system he played in. When was the last great QB for the Redskins? Doug Williams? This is the perfect type of offense for McNabb. He's not going to be asked to do it all, that's what AP is for. And, like you saw against the Cowboys in preseason, he can still air it out when the defense bites on the play fake to AP. Defenses will sell out against the run early. If McNabb can hit those intermediate passes then AP will gain 1,800 this year.

cdude99Sep. 9, 11 2:31 PM

Conormacleod, I agree with your post. McNabb does not have to carry this team on his shoulder alone. With the likes of AD, Percy, and others this team could be really good. If Childress were still the coach I would agree with the gloom and doom of other posters. With a new head coach and a philosophy of building your team around their strengths the team will likely not even resemble the old Vikings. There are some talented young players on this team. If the coaches can get the guys to play as a team there is a chance they can do what the Packers did last year. They need to get to the playoffs. Once in the playoff anything can happen. The 87 Vikings backed into the playoffs and almost ended up in the SB. They lost the NFC title game to the eventual SB winning Washington Redskins on the last play of the game when Darren Nelson didn't catch a pass in the end zone.

atlantatwinsSep. 9, 11 5:17 PM

I know it's crazy, but the Vikes will get to the playoffs as a wild card. They will split the series but beat Chicago twice in their division. They will come to Atlanta in a shoot-out but will surprise the Falcons simply because of Musgrave's ability to decode the Falcons. In San Diego, the Vikes will probably strike first, but it will be a dogfight. They will win. It all depends on how healthy MC.D stays.

flgopherSep. 9, 11 6:13 PM

No one speaks about the receiving potential of Joe Webb? This gifted athlete represents a powerful addition to our offense. Two receptions per game will open addtional holes for Percy and our tight ends. A few bones heads speak of Joe in the Wildcat but a 6'4" receiver with his speed and strength is exactly what is needed for immediate Viking success. He must be on the field and the sooner the better!

kfanvikeSep. 10, 11 1:09 AM

Wrong, McNabb will probably have to shoulder the load. 2 years ago when Favre came here, the same thing was incorrectly assumed and said - that HE won't have to shoulder the load (with AD and all...;-). In the end, he had to shoulder the load, the running game helped little, and that offense had better talent than this one. Case made (I'd like to be wrong, but I'm not).

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