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The Vikings Quarterback Shuffle

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 22, 2010 – 12:54 pm

Oh let me count the ways the Vikings 2010 season is different than the 2009 season. Actually I don’t want to do that. But perhaps the biggest difference is the stability of the QB position.

A year ago the position was as stable as possible, with Brett Favre producing the best season of his career and not missing a game. This season, however, things haven’t gone as well and the Vikings currently find themselves in the midst of a QB shuffle.

Since December 7, the Vikings have made the following QB roster moves: signed R.J. Archer to the practice squad (12/7), placed Tarvaris Jackson on IR (12/16), signed Patrick Ramsey to the Active Roster (12/16), signed R.J. Archer to the Active Roster (12/20), waived R.J. Archer (12/21) and signed Rhett Bomar to the Active Roster (12/21).

And with all of that, Favre suffered a concussion on Monday night. Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier described Favre’s status this week as “day-to-day” and indicated doctors have not cleared him to return to the field. As a result, rookie Joe Webb – who replaced Favre on Monday night – is in line to start on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

If Favre is indeed unable to play on Sunday night, Frazier said Webb would be the starter with Ramsey as the backup and Bomar as the 3rd (emergency) QB. Got all that?

Frazier was asked about the his newest QB – Bomar – while meeting with reporters on Wednesday and he indicated the Vikings signed the former University of Oklahoma and Sam Houston State passer with a combination of thoughts in mind.

“We needed a live arm, a guy who we thought could come in and maybe in an emergency give us a little bit more than what we were getting otherwise,” Frazier said. “Not knowing what Brett’s situation is going to be from day-to-day or week-to-week with the games we have remaining, but also to maybe take a look at him for the future. So it’s a combination of the two.”

Asked what stood out to Frazier about Bomar, the Vikings coach said a “strong arm” and his intellect.

“In the little time we spent with him yesterday and this morning, he’s done a good job of grasping some of the concepts we have on offense,” Frazier said. “We knew of his intelligence, so to see how he’s responded has been a boost for us. So we’ll just see how much we can give him as the week goes on.”

As for Ramsey, whom the Vikings acquired last week, Frazier has been impressed so far.

“We knew that he had a background in this offense,” Frazier said. “But we didn’t know it was quite as extensive as it turned out to be. We really weren’t concerned, if he had to get in the game, from a knowledge standpoint on Monday night. He has a great deal of knowledge about what we’re doing and how we’re doing things and what we expect. That’s one of the things that really impresses you is the way he studied and the way he’s been able to comprehend what we’re trying to get done from a concept standpoint.”

All of the roster shuffling presents a good illustration of two points: 1) building and maintaining an NFL roster is a never-ending process that requires constant evaluation and 2) stabilizing the QB position is paramount to both long-term and short-term success. The obvious reaction from a fan’s standpoint to this blog entry and to the Vikings current QB situation is to call for the organization to find that coveted long-term answer at the most important position on the field.

Obviously it’s much more complicated than just going to the store and buying a QB of the future. So, this is an issue that will be on-going for the Vikings throughout the offseason and leading into the 2011 season. But it’s also an issue that I’m confident will be resolved by the organization in a way that will lead to success in 2011.


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9 Responses to “The Vikings Quarterback Shuffle”

  1. By packerfanfirst on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    I’ll trade ya matt flynn for AP and Harvin.

  2. By vikings4life on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Matt flyn is a joke you think he’s good cause he put up a fight against the patriots you lost either way and the reason he was successful is cause for the first game in the packers season your offensive line was decsent your not going to make the play offs and were 8-4 haha talk about a meltdown

  3. By Arrow86 on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Packfan: Your boy Flynn played well. I love my Vikes, I hope they copy some of the moves your Packers have made in the draft. Since we’re trading, and you like one-sided trades, we have a sweet deal for ya! We’ll give you McKinnie and Loadholt for Bulaga. We’ll send Madiu Williams, and Asher Allen for Charles Woodson. Operators are standing by….

  4. By Stephanie on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    lol Arrow. hey, I thought Matt Flynn played pretty good against the Patriots. He’s in his third year and has had time to learn and mature. If there was a way to get him, I’d take him!

  5. By JeffGreen311 on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’m I the only one who thinks that Rhett Bomar was a good pick up?

  6. By JIM on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    No Jeff, you are not the only one that thinks this was a good move by the Vikes.

  7. By Zach on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb can be a franchise QB.

  8. By TINA MARIE COPPOLA on Dec 25, 2010 | Reply

    WHY DON,T WE GIVE BRETT FARE A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO!
    JUST DON,T SHUT HIM OUT!I KNOW BEACUSE I HAVE BEEN WATCHING HIM!
    THANK YOU!!

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