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A new Vikes' QB would be game-manager

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08:00 AM ET 02.21 | To be sure, Minnesota is a team in transition. Regardless of who the Vikings' next starting quarterback is -- Donovan McNabb, Kerry Collins, Marc Bulger or whomever -- the offense is expected to become a run-first, pass-second scheme. The Vikings' QB, expected to be a veteran for a carryover year while the team continues to develop Joe Webb, is expected to be more of a game manager, with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart used as power runners who will set up play-action passing. The West Coast offense the Vikings ran under Brad Childress is expected to become passe. The way it looks now, it won't take much -- maybe a seventh-round draft pick once the NFL's labor impasse is settled -- to acquire McNabb from the Redskins. Collins is a free agent from the Titans, Bulger a free agent from the Ravens.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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February 21, 2011  08:04 AM ET

Kerry Collins would be a good fit for that team. He still has some gas left in the tank. I'm not so sure about McNabb.

February 21, 2011  08:10 AM ET

If that is all they want, then Joe Webb is already there. No sense in throwing a bag of money at someone who is in the "has been" phase of their career.

February 21, 2011  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If that is all they want, then Joe Webb is already there. No sense in throwing a bag of money at someone who is in the "has been" phase of their career.

Deja vu all over again.

February 21, 2011  08:19 AM ET

If this is their plan, then they should be more concerned about getting three more running backs. AP is going to get pounded. No QB and no one to throw it to.

February 21, 2011  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If this is their plan, then they should be more concerned about getting three more running backs. AP is going to get pounded. No QB and no one to throw it to.

Is anyone sure Joe Webb is the proverbial Quarterback of the Future? If I were the Vikings, I would look more at someone like Kevin Kolb. The suggested "gas in the tank" guys for this thread also have bald tires, a weak transmission and a questionable exhaust system, typical of high-mileage types that go into inspection every year with a prayer.

February 21, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Isn't that the point of a new QB, to be a game changer?

February 21, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If that is all they want, then Joe Webb is already there. No sense in throwing a bag of money at someone who is in the "has been" phase of their career.

good call, why waste the money and create higher expectations on a washed up over paid guy?

February 21, 2011  08:51 AM ET

And be ready to hear more about their former qb. That p.o.s. is rumored to be on the list for the upcoming dancing with the stars season. I don't know why my local news station really needed to report that.

February 21, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Didn't they already try the "game manager" thing with Tarvaris Jackson at the end of 2008?

He may have been able to grow into the role... then Brett Favre happened.

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February 21, 2011  09:08 AM ET

They have had the best running back in football for years and now finally it's a run-first offense? about time!

February 21, 2011  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

They have had the best running back in football for years and now finally it's a run-first offense? about time!

Well, they did have to appease "you-know-who" for the past couple of years.

February 21, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Well, they did have to appease "you-know-who" for the past couple of years.

"You-know-who" got them to the NFC Championship game in 2009, before the wheels came off the bus in 2010.

McNabb, Collins and Bulger haven't been close to that kind of performance in many years. Even so, would any of them want to play for this team? With their stadium's dome still in question, oficially these guys are homeless, right?

February 21, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If that is all they want, then Joe Webb is already there. No sense in throwing a bag of money at someone who is in the "has been" phase of their career.

Agreed. I would go with Webb.

February 21, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Didn't they already try the "game manager" thing with Tarvaris Jackson at the end of 2008?He may have been able to grow into the role... then Brett Favre happened.

I agree!!! Keep Webb and Jackson, get some O-Line and replacement Defensive players. And add one more running back.

February 21, 2011  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Kerry Collins would be a good fit for that team. He still has some gas left in the tank. I'm not so sure about McNabb.

You must not have seen Collins last season. He's done.

February 21, 2011  09:57 AM ET

The Vikings' last QB was suppose to be a game manager....

February 21, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Is anyone sure Joe Webb is the proverbial Quarterback of the Future? If I were the Vikings, I would look more at someone like Kevin Kolb. The suggested "gas in the tank" guys for this thread also have bald tires, a weak transmission and a questionable exhaust system, typical of high-mileage types that go into inspection every year with a prayer.

Sounds like a good idea for a CarX commerical, though.

February 21, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I agree!!! Keep Webb and Jackson, get some O-Line and replacement Defensive players. And add one more running back.

Even Adrian Peterson can't run when the defense can ignore the QB. If they feel the pass isn't a threat, they'll put both safties in the box. They need more than Webb.

 
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