So the NFL draft is right around the corner, and since that always brings about a lot of trade talks around the league, it seems like a good time to re-evaluate the Vikings’ options at quarterback. I’m going to rank what I believe to be their five options in order of what I think they should do. (I realize that nobody other than maybe my brother would agree with me.)
5. Brett Favre
Now technically it remains to be seen if Favre is actually an option or not, since he hasn’t yet said if he’ll retire this off-season. We all know that this is a load of crap that Favre wants us to believe so he can attract more attention from ESPN and other sports outlets and also, give him his usual excuse to not show up to mini-camps and OTAs and then stroll into training camp 2-3 weeks late and claim that he didn’t make his decision until then. I’ve made my complaints about this quite clear in the past, (click here for Favre rant Part I and Part II), and I still don’t understand people who don’t mind that he sends his teammates the message that he’s more important than them by doing this. Anyhow, all of that aside, I think everyone would have to admit that they didn’t expect Favre to play as well as he did last year. In fact, he probably had the best single season statistically of his career. What are the chances of that happening again this season when he’s yet another year older? And even if he plays just as well in the regular season again, he still is the guy who time and time again makes bonehead plays that keep his team from winning in the playoffs. If you don’t believe me, let’s look at how his teams lost in the playoffs the last 3 times they made it, this YouTube clip. I rest my case.
4. Some Rookie the Vikings would draft.
I know I wrote some nice things about Tim Tebow in a past blog entry (by the way, how big of a doucher is Urban Meyer?), but I certainly don’t want him to be the starting quarterback for my squad next season. That goes for anyone the Vikings could get in this draft. I wouldn’t care if Sam Bradford dropped to us, I don’t like him as a starting quarterback right now. I know he could be great for the future, and maybe Jimmy Clausen could be too, but I don’t want any part of a rookie quarterback who wouldn’t know our offense trying to lead a Super Bowl caliber team.
3. Sage Rosenfels
I hated the trade for Sage last season, and from what I’ve heard, that was a Spielman move rather than a Childress move, and I think that it’s really the only knock on Rick Spielman’s career as Viking’s GM to this point. That being said, I’d way rather have him than Favre or a rookie. Favre may be a bit better than Sage, and Sage has been known to blow a game or two himself, but I can’t stand Favre’s attitude and the fact that he thinks he controls this entire situation. I don’t want him in that locker room. I’d rather have a humbler guy like Sage that’s trying to prove himself. (I can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence, but this is what Brett Favre has done to me.)
2. Donovan McNabb
The reports out of Philly are in. Donovan wants to play for us. While I still have one more option that I rank higher than this (I think everyone who’s read this blog in the past knows where I’m going with this) I don’t understand why the Vikings wouldn’t do this. I know that there’s probably a secret agreement between Chili and Favre that Brett will show up late to training camp and be handed the starting job again, but right now that’s not been announced, and so why not tell the old man to take a hike and bring another pro-bowl quarterback into the fold for the next 4-6 seasons? To me, McNabb also has had his struggles in the playoffs, and I’ve never been a huge fan, but the guy is still better than most quarterbacks in this league, and so if the Vikings are willing to say “we’re a win now kind of team” and go get Favre, then why not put another capable quarterback in charge that gives us a chance to win now, and the next couple of seasons as well? It’s hypocritical of them to want Favre and not want McNabb. We’re talking fairly comparable career numbers (except in career totals), but this guy has multiple seasons left. I don’t understand why the Vikings wouldn’t do this after making the Favre deal. Force the old man retire. I don’t want them to give up a first round pick, but if they did the deal, I wouldn’t be too sad. At least Favre wouldn’t be the quarterback.
1. Tarvaris Jackson
Right when T-Jack was starting to turn the corner, Brett Favre came and pulled the rug out from underneath him. Everyone who says this guy can’t make it in this league is either suffering from Favre fever, or has some sort of unfair set of expectations for a guy who still hasn’t been give his fair share of reps as a starter to know if he can be good yet. An example of how people have some sort of weird perception of Tarvaris. I was at Bible study, and this guy says, “Why would you want Tarvaris Jackson for the future? Only if you want a lot of interceptions!” This same guy is pro-Favre. This bothers me so much, because all you have to do is look at numbers to see that Tarvaris has recently begun to figure out the quarterback position a lot more and has really improved his TD-Int. ratio, while Favre has led the league in interceptions multiple seasons and is the all-time interceptions leader in the NFL. For those who say we wouldn’t have been where we were if it weren’t for Favre last season, that’s fine I guess, even though you are purely speculating, but the fact is Favre threw it all away anyhow, and so let’s say with T-Jack we would have went 11-5 instead of 12-4 (I’ve made my case in the past on how Tarvaris and Gus got us to 10-6 a season before with a worse team and a harder schedule, so 11-5 is the minimum here, people). So we maybe get to one less round in the playoffs, or maybe a similar result. But, Tarvaris just got an entire year of experience as our starting quarterback, and we would know if we should finally cut ties with him, or we would have a galvanized, bona fide starter that most likely would have built on the improvements he made from the season before. It’s not too late. Yeah, we lost last year thanks to Favre, but we can still do the right thing now. Please do the right thing, Vikings. Please.
If you would like to comment and rank these how you would, I would definitely welcome that. No explanation required, and add any other options I may have overlooked.