Add Another Name To The QB Talker

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 4, 2011 – 10:44 pm

How will the Vikings address the QB position? That question represents what will surely be the most popular offseason talker for the Vikings. Brett Favre is not expected to return and many figure that Tarvaris Jackson will try the free agent market, which will leave Joe Webb as the only QB on the roster with any sort of NFL experience.

Free agency, trades and the NFL draft are the methods Minnesota will consider to address the position. In terms of free agents, Bengals QB Carson Palmer and Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck are 2 veterans to think about. Reports emerged this week that Denver QB Kyle Orton could be available via trade and many continue to look at Redskins QB Donovan McNabb as a player who could become available. In addition to those names, draft-eligible QBs garnering mention include Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallet, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker, among others.

As I was perusing the internet this evening, I came across an item that brought up another name to add to the conversation – Matt Leinart. Most of us are familiar with Leinart’s story. He was a highly-touted QB at the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy and eventually became a 1st-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals. In Arizona, though, he flamed out and eventually the Cardinals parted ways with him.

Leinart landed on his feet with the Houston Texans for the 2010 season, where he served as a backup to starter Matt Schaub. With the 2010 season over, Leinart sounds as if he’s looking to move on elsewhere and perhaps compete for a starting job again.

“Personally, I think I really learned a lot, and I think it made me a better player,” Leinart told the Houston Chronicle. “Getting released (by Arizona in September) kind of opened my eyes, and I came here and had a wonderful experience. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I think this year definitely got me better as a player.

“I want to be a starter in the league, and I feel like I’ve paid my dues. I sat for three and a half years now and played behind a Hall of Fame quarterback [Kurt Warner] which a lot of people don’t remember. Obviously, coming here is not the way I planned, but I think Matt Schaub is a great quarterback.”

I’m not endorsing Leinart as a choice for the Vikings, but I’m also not dismissing it. It’s just interesting to add another name to the conversation. What do you think, Vikings fans? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Harvin To Work Out With Charles Woodson During Offseason

Posted by cjsiewert on January 4, 2011 – 2:25 pm

Monday marked the first day of the offseason for the Vikings, as players cleared out their lockers at Winter Park while chatting with reporters.

As Vikings WR Percy Harvin was making his exit from the team’s practice facility, he spent a few minutes explaining to reporters his thoughts on the 2010 season as well as his personal evaluation of his own performance.

“Personally, I thought I took a couple steps forward,” Harvin said. “Even though we didn’t achieve our team goals, personally, a lot of the coaches and a lot of the players, (Jets CB) Darrelle Revis, (Packers CB) Charles Woodson came to me and they gave me great compliments. Yesterday, the Lions coach gave me great compliments so I think I made a stride in the right direction. I’ll go address myself and see where I need to work to be that much better.”

And getting better in the offseason is going to be a treat in its own right as Harvin acknowledged that he would be working out with a 13-year veteran CB who’s covered some of the greatest receivers to play the game.

“We actually had a quote from Charles Woodson, he told me that I was one of the best players he ever went against,” Harvin said. “I took that as a tremendous honor, so me and him will get together this offseason and work on some things.”

Harvin noted that he and Woodson haven’t worked out arrangements because the Packers are preparing for the postseason, but once the season is over they will “address it from there.”

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Check Out The Top 5 Bright Spots Of 2010

Posted by cjsiewert on January 4, 2011 – 11:58 am

Over the course of the week, we’ll take a look back at the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season and what we can look forward to in 2011. I’ll post what I feel have been the most exciting features of Vikings football during their 50th season, from #5 yesterday through #1 on Friday.

Here is the 2nd installment – Adrian Peterson’s ball security
1st installment – The impact of the 2010 rookie draft class

Check back tomorrow for #3 on the list.

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