OK, folks. Welcome back to the Access Vikings chat. With the Vikings ruining all of your moods by messing up their draft status with a 3-2-1 record the past six weeks, let's roll ...
There are a lot of NFL teams searching for that special quarterback. This isn't unique to the Vikings. There are only so many Tom Bradys and Peyton Mannings out there. But, if it makes you happy, you'll probably get your wish with some firings after the season.
I think that's a possibility. Things change a lot from week to week in the NFL. Perceptions change a lot, too. And there are two more weeks left in the season.
You can't paint every situation with the same wide brush. Just because Russell Wilson was a great third-round pick, you can't just say, "Pass on the first round and grab some guy in the third round." Every single situation is different. If a great QB is there in the first round, take him. If he's not, don't just reach for him because the initials say QB before his combine information.
I think that's the likely scenario. I don't see any scenario that includes Ponder long-term. But Cassel also gets a say in this. He has an option. If he plays two more games like he did on Sunday, interest in him goes up. He might get a better offer.
I think Shaun showed some things in one game that Chris Cook doesn't show consistently enough considering the huge potential with which he entered the league. And, yeah, I would suppose Rick noticed Shaun since Rick was the guy who signed him.
You mean the same Adrian Peterson who ran for 211 yards in the win over Chicago? The same Adrian Peterson who ran for two touchdowns in the win over Washington? The same AP who ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Pittsburgh? Nah, I think I'd keep him. I hear he's pretty good.
I try not to play the `throw-out-those-nine-losses-and ..." games. Your record is what it is. And, besides, we probably weren't all saying the "what if" questions after the way Matt played against Carolina. So, while he's playing well now, let's not get carried away.
If they stay, it's not because they know the playbook. There's an entire offseason to learn a playbook. Unless you sign a QB in October, of course.
Leslie wasn't picking between Ryan Leaf and Joe Montana. The coaches and front office get equal blame/credit for where the Vikings are at quarterback.
He wanted McNabb because there was a lockout that wiped out Ponder's entire first offseason. Wins aren't garbage-time wins when they're over teams like the Eagles. What Frazier did on Sunday -- with a depleted roster -- shows he has control over 53 men who are still playing hard for him. Sorry, but I think that says a lot. So does winning 10 games and making the playoffs without the best QB situation a year ago.
The draft hasn't even begun to get fully dissected. Unfortunately.
Probably not since he'll end up as somebody's HC.
I think we'll know more in two weeks. But I do think he deserves another shot at leading a team that might have a better quarterback situation. I do think it will cost him one or both of his coordinators for him to get another shot.
I think we have to wait and see who those free agents are. Teams don't let good quarterbacks just walk away. Plus, let's see how Cassel finishes up. The way the NFL is, we'll be sitting here next week with totally different Cassel-related questions.
Let's not write those 12-2 Seahawks off just yet. Or their decision to add Harvin. He's young and, heck, what if he gets healthy in time for the playoffs. Percy with fresh legs in the playoffs? That would be something special.
Robison has played very well this season. He's a future team leader when Williams' time here ends.
Actually, it makes you wonder how much more dominant Peterson would be with a quarterback who can consistently push the ball down the field. Believe it or not, both could co-exist.
You don't keep guys just because they're good in the locker room. Age catches up with every player. Contracts end and it doesn't make sense in a league with a salary cap to keep guys for their locker room leadership. If Kevin and Jared do move on, there are people behind them. There's always people behind people. Robison and Greenway are two. Harrison Smith will be an outstanding leader soon.
Christian has shown signs of those things, but neither consistently nor under extreme duress. That's why it took three years. He also didn't have an offseason as a rookie because of the lockout. And, believe it or not, he did start all 16 games when the Vikings went to the playoffs a year ago. So let's look at the whole picture.
Quite possibly. At the very least, you will see Andrew rotating in on a consistent basis. I think he also could win the starting job in camp next year.
I think you have to wait and see how the offseason develops. It all depends on how the draft shakes out and whether Cassel comes back. You don't just cut him before you have all your other moves in place first.
Not all year. Frazier picked Cassel because of performance for the Carolina game. A 35-10 loss. He picked Freeman because of performance and obvious pressure to see what he could do with the team stuck at 1-4. He went back to Ponder, who did some good things in both Packers games, the first half at Dallas, the win over Washington, and early on at Seattle. Let's not forget how difficult a situation this has been.