The Minnesota Viking’s season is already over as they approach week #3. This is disappointing to be sure, but unfortunately it is a fact. 0-3 teams don’t make the playoffs, and teams that consistently give up big leads don’t make the NFL postseason either. The Donovan McNabb experiment has been a failure. There is no there way to say it. The Vikings need somebody else to line up at quarterback and right now, that guy is Joe Webb.
Minnesota’s QB situation has been a roller-coaster ride ever since Brad Childress traded an injured Daunte Culpepper to Miami in 2006. Everybody is familiar with Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson. Most Viking fans will recall Gus Frerotte starting several games in 2008, but don’t forget about Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger. They too lined up as a starting QB for the guys in purple back in 2007. There are two other QB’s that started games between 2006-2010. Brad Johnson actually kicked off the era, while Joe Webb started the last couple of games in 2010. It’s time for Mr. Webb to get another shot.
The Vikings made two moves at quarterback in the lockout-shortened NFL offseason. They drafted FSU QB Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in April’s draft. That pick still makes me scratch my head(that’s actually the nicest thing a can say). Then they went out and acquired McNabb from the Redskins. This move looked good during the preseason, but since the games have counted, he has not looked good. His throws are consistently off. I saw guys like Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph make great catches on poor throws last week. The fact that a receiver has to make a great catch often means he is not getting any YAC(yards after catch). The other thing that happens if you consistently miss targets is interceptions. Donovan was fortunate not to have about four INT’s against the Lions.
If the Vikings are willing to endure mistakes, why isn’t the team just going with a young QB? Plenty of people will say that if they are going to bench McNabb, they should start Ponder. He is the team’s 1st round pick and supposedly the future. My argument for Joe Webb is pretty simple. If he is successful, he gives Minnesota another QB that has value on the trade market. While if he fails, it really doesn’t matter. Christian Ponder is going to get his shot, but there is no reason to rush him out there. Two of the best QB’s in the league today sat and watched for a couple of years. Both Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers had to wait and it has paid mad dividends for their respective teams.
The Vikings are in the cellar of the NFC North. This is not a place that they are familiar with, nor do they feel comfortable there. This team can’t even think about the playoffs right now. They need to worry about winning one game. They need to focus and playing one good second half of football. A young athletic QB could be the answer for both of those problems. Minnesota has one on the roster. His name is Joe Webb.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).