OK, folks. Let's talk about the Vikings and the NFL regular-season, otherwise known as that five-month time killer between previewing the draft, sitting and watching the draft, reviewing the draft and praying that your team loses all it's games so it can be in better position for the draft. Let's roll ..
Learning disability? He's been here about a month. I think the Vikings found out or got a reminder of the difficulties of bringing in a quarterback in October and asking him to start without an off-season in the system.
I don't think they'll be back. Simpson possibly, but we have to see what kind of punishment from the league he's looking at. That was one costly DWI charge for Mr. Simpson.
Even Les faulted Les after the fact. That's why he pooch kicked the OT kick. You have to look at the situation. 20 seconds left. What was Chicago's best chances of scoring that quickly? A Hester kickoff return. You do know he's done that a few times in his career, right?
Cole's ability was recognized. Otherwise, he never would have made the team. He was released on a Thursday. No team was going to pick him up. It wasn't a risky transaction. As for Sendejo, great is a stretch. But he's probably played well enough to challenge Sanford once Smith returns.
Look at the Colts' offensive line when Manning was there. It wasn't the greatest, but Manning made it great. Great QBs cover up weaknesses all over the field, on both sides of the ball. Just ask Packer fans how important the QB is when it comes to O-line play.
There were two first-and-goal situations. Peterson ran once for 2 yards. He ran the other one for zero yards.
Might want to listen more closely. It gets asked and he answers. He has said many times that he believes it's Ponder's "full body of work." They still see Ponder as a guy who helped them win 10 games and make the playoffs last year. They see some of the good things he's done. We don't always agree with what Les says, but we're not going to break a beer bottle over his head if we don't get the answer fans are looking for.
I think the rest of the season has to play out. Perceptions change weekly in this league. I don't think Les can survive 2011 and this season, but who knows what the vibe will be if they finish 7-8-1. Why not just let it play out?
There wouldn't have been second guessing if it had been a 27-yard field goal or basically a chip shot. But we're talking about a 47-yarder. If you're playing the game not to make a penalty, you deserve to miss a long field goal and lose.
He'll start next week. The league will take a chunk of his cash though, I'm sure.
It depends on what other options Cassel thinks he'll have elsewhere. He can opt out. Freeman also can sign anywhere he wants. The only QB under contract for next year is Ponder, so, like it or not, they'll hang on to him until they find something better. But that could come in free agency or the draft.
Rhodes is a perfect example of how quickly perception and reality changes in this league. A couple weeks ago, questions here were about whether I thought he was a draft bust. As for the draft, if they're in position to take a QB, it will be a QB. If nothing else comes from this season, it's the weekly lesson of what life in the NFL is like without a QB.
The whole need versus best available is a gray area. You draft based on need, but you don't overdo it, if that makes sense. In other words, if you need a quarterback and there isn't one there that matches the value of the pick, you don't just grab some stiff just because the letters in front of his name say QB.
Can't speak for Chip, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest it has something to do with the Monday night fiasco (Google Freeman, 37.7 percent completion). It might also have something to do with the fact Frazier is trying to win games, not audition QBs for his successor. And right now, Frazier is 2-1-1 in his past four games.
Certainly a possibility. Although I would note that Freeman also has a say in any long-term relationship. A lot will depend on what his other options are. There's such a shortage of quality QBs, the Vikings won't be his only option after the season.
What's considered a "reach" today will be a "lock" tomorrow, and vice versa. And it'll flip flop from now until the draft in May. These QBs will be picked apart to the point where you'll wonder if they even know how to throw a ball. They all look like they have first-round value. It just depends on how desperate teams are.
There were some frustrations with Williams and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. But if there's one thing you can't knock Frazier for is the effort that his players put forth. They're playing hard for him.
Far as I've seen it's only been people who say that's what they SHOULD do, not what will happen. Everyone has an opinion. Trading Peterson is a ridiculous idea. You make trades to get a Peterson, not give away a Peterson.
The Vikings are trying to make it through this season as best they can. It wasn't exactly a vote of confidence in Ponder that the Vikings went out and signed Freeman. Freeman was given his shot and it was humiliating for the franchise. Obviously, he hasn't gotten good enough fast enough. Cassel was given his shot. He played poorly against Carolina. I think he'll get another chance on Sunday. It's not like Frazier is looking down the bench and choosing between Favre, Rodgers and Montana.