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Scooter, I would definitely try and keep Cassel as a bridge quarterback for the draft pick. Cassel has an option so he can walk after this season and it's been frustrated at different times with the carousel. But I think he would be a good mentor for a young quarterback and also give the team a chance to win if he was asked to start while the rookie develops.
Pete, they certainly will have to address that situation whether it's the first or second round. It depends on how they rate those quarterbacks. Personally, I think they will draft a quarterback in the first round and hope that they finally find a franchise quarterback.
Ben, I just don't see how Freeman returns. What have they seen that could justify that? Plus, he's not under contract so they would have to address that. To me, the most interesting thing to watch is how they proceed with Ponder, given that he has one year left on his contract.
Ben, I will be surprised if Jared returns next season. He's still going to command a large contract and I'm sure teams that desperately need to add a pass rusher will push hard for him. I think the Vikings will make every attempt to resign Everson Griffen and start him opposite Robison. Jared definitely has enjoyed his time here, but I'm just not convinced that he will stay after this season.
That was as angry as I've seen players and coaches get over officiating in the locker room after the game. I normally don't comment on officiating because it's part of the game and those things usually even out. I just don't pay attention to that excuse. But the Greenway pass interference was bad and I still don't know how they didn't overturn that Gerhart fumble.
I think that's contributed to the Vikings frustration this season and all the blown leads and last-second losses. Nobody has run away with the division and if they had won, what, three of those games, they would be in the mix right now. Obviously the injuries to quarterbacks in the division and the Lions inability to get out of their own way has made it an ugly season for the division.
I'll be surprised if Adrian plays. I'm guessing that he pushes hard to be on the field because that's his nature. But I just don't see the benefit of putting out there. Not sure on Gerhart. We'll know more when the team returns to practice tomorrow. But I'm guessing he's going to be limited in practice this week.
I would assume so. It's been amazing how he's gone from basically invisible to a star in the offense. I still don't understand why they couldn't have done so much of this earlier in the season. But he reminds of Harvin a lot in how he has a chance to make a big play every time he touches the ball.
His ankle was very swollen after the game and he was struggling so he will have to make a speedy recovery. He's been very good the past four games.
I think they should stick with Cassel. To me, he's the best quarterback on the team and as much as fans want to lose for draft status, the coaches and players are still trying to win games. I say this every time I get asked about it, but try telling Leslie Frazier, Peterson, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, etc. that they need to lose or give less than their best effort.
At this point, I don't know how it can viewed as anything but a mistake. They gave him more than a $2 million and he's played one game. That entire situation has just been baffling. I guess they could give him another shot here in the final three games but I'm not sure what that would accomplish because it's difficult to draw conclusions based off three games at the end of the season.
I agree with the parity part and how teams can make dramatic improvement (Kansas City) or drop off significantly (Vikings, Atlanta, Houston) from year to year. But the Vikings have some serious personnel issues to solve at quarterback and in defense this offseason.
I'll say this: The Vikings have a lot of problems. Effort is not one of them. This team remains engaged and playing hard. Teams and coaches ultimately are judged on their record, but I think that does reflect that the players haven't quit on Frazier.
I moved here in 2000 and we didn't have too many snow games in Tennessee growing up! So yes, I loved covering that game Sunday. Pretty cool experience.
Frazier was asked that a few times yesterday and he basically said they need to get all the tests done to determine the severity of his injury. We know that he doesn't need surgery. A source told me last night that they will know more once Peterson gets his walking boot off and is able to run. But I won't be surprised either way. Peterson always wants to play regardless of the circumstance but I can see the team stepping in and having him sit the rest of the games.
In fairness, a lot of teams passed over him multiple times, but I understand your point. I never understood the whole "he's too short" argument because did you see the size of Wisconsin's offensive linemen that year? That weren't much smaller, if at all, than NFL linemen. And it didn't affect him.
He's done well with the first-round picks, but the Ponder miss stands out. That's what happens with quarterbacks drafted that high don't work out. But you can't discount what the other first-round picks have done too.
He generally doesn't name his starter until Wednesday and sometimes even later. But I'll be surprised if it's not Cassel. Although, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by anything in this season.
Buzz, Good question. I guess we need to see more of him to truly know. But his first three games are encouraging. He looks like a guy that makes plays and has good instincts.
I definitely think Jared will get a sizable payday from some team. I think Kevin has played pretty well this season, but he's 31 and has played a lot of football. I know he wants to stay here for a few more seasons. I know the Vikings want to turn it over to Floyd but I don't think it would be a bad idea to try and bring Kevin back.
Roger, Frazier didn't completely dismiss it yesterday. He said the coaches will consider everything. But I still think they will stick with Cassel.
A few us writers were talking about this the other day. I think Simpson has played reasonably well at times this season and adds something to the offense. However, he's probably looking at another suspension by the league after his DWI arrest. That has to be considered when weighing whether to bring him back.