Much speculation has gone into the Vikings current QB situation and it’s centered on one burning question: Will Brett Favre return?
If not, are the Vikings to turn to Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels? Another option that many NFL analysts have suggested is to draft a QB. All of these mixed feelings about the Vikings QB position have not escaped the media’s repertoire of questions for Vikings personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress on Friday reiterated the team’s stance on allowing Favre time to make a decision on his future with the team, as Mike touched on earlier. In the meantime, both Childress and Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman cited the fluidness of NFL business as reasons they hesitated to give firm commitments to what the team would do should Favre not return.
“I don’t want to get into what we’re committed to and what we’re not committed to because I think this time of year everything is in flux, everything is etched in oatmeal,” Spielman said on Thursday.
Getting back to the option of selecting a QB in this year’s Draft, Spielman was asked about his feelings on Florida QB Tim Tebow, who is currently going through the process of changing his mechanics to better fit the style of a pro-level QB.
“I don’t think there’s any question about heart, leadership, character, football player, all that stuff,” Spielman said of Tebow. “This (changing his mechanics) is all kind of un-chartered territory. Whatever hiccups people have… you read about his ‘mechanical flaws,’ if you want to put it that way, you’re going to go and see if they are correctable and if they do fit in potentially what a team is looking for in a quarterback.”
Tebow has received a lot of criticism for his poor performance at this year’s Senior Bowl and for his lack of skill as a ‘drop-back’ passer. Also, NFL scouts will not be able to see Tebow’s newly-refined mechanics this weekend because he has withdrawn from the throwing activities at the Combine. He is saving the big reveal for his Pro Day at the University of Florida on March 17.
I believe that Spielman hit this matter right on the button. You need to see if his ‘flaws’ are correctable and if they fit into what a team is looking for in a QB. At this point it’s hard to gauge whether or not Tebow would fit the Vikings scheme, but it will be interesting to watch Tebow’s draft stock as a result of him not participating in the throwing activities at the Combine.
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