Quarterback Quandry 06/08/2009Posted by sportretort in cutler, denver broncos, NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brad childress, brett farve, chicago bears, football, green bay packers, Jay Cutler, minnesota vikings, NFL, quarterback, sage rosenfels, starting quarterback, tavaris jackson
Several NFL teams are attempting to decide on a quarterback. I wish to throw in my two cents worth on a couple of the situations, not that any one asked.
First, let’s talk the Minnesota Vikings. The returning player at the position is Tavaris Jackson, the 4 year player out of
Alabama State. He played in 9 games last season. Ball retention has been his major problem throughout his career, both in respect to turn overs and possession control (long, time consuming drives). The Vikings went out during the off season and acquired the services of 9 year veteran Sage Rosenfels from the Houston Texans. While Rosenfels will not set the world on fire, I believe he should beat out Jackson for the position. Waiting in the wings is 3rd year player John David Booty. The thing that makes the situation in Minnesota so interesting is the off season flirtation with ‘retired’ QB Brett Farve. When Farve ‘retired’ from the Green Bay Packers last off season, the Pack filed a tampering complaint against the Vikings, claiming that they had talked with him about coming to Minnesota. As you may recall, Farve spent last season in New York with the Jets. He then ‘retired’ again at the end of the season after failing to lead New York into the playoffs. When the Jets traded up to draft Mark Sanchez out of USC, Farve got the Jets to release their claim on him. He was listed on their reserve, retired list. This made him a total free agent.
Word today comes from Minnesota that they have told Farve he has a week to decide if he wants to play, and play for them. I have 4 words for Minnesota. STAY AWAY FROM FARVE. He was to be the answer in New York, and that did not work out. He is past his playing prime. Minnesota has a great defense. They have one of the premier runners in the NFL in Adrian Peterson. All they need at quarterback is someone who can throw and complete enough passes to keep the opposing defenses honest, keep them from loading up the box and over playing the running game. And they need someone who will not turn the ball over. What they do not need is an ego at the position who will completely change the dynamics on the team. Vikings coach Brad Childress would be putting his job on the line if they sign Farve. It is a gamble that is not worth the risk.
Staying in the NFC North Division, word out of Chicago is that new Bears QB Jay Cutler is making the Bears wide receivers look much better than they looked last year. Remember that the top 3 receivers for Chicago last season were tight ends and running backs. Before we anoint the receivers as world beaters, lets remember that at present they are playing against air. Cutler is a good QB with a cannon arm, there is no doubt. His behavior in the off season has given rise to questioning his ‘ two cent head’ to paraphrase Crash Davis of the movie Bull Durham. Cutler is not a good fit for the Bears scheme. We will see how he holds together in a system not designed for him. In addition, his receivers are quite a drop off from the talent he had to work with in Denver. Look for his numbers to fall dramatically this season.