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QB Discussion – The Well That Won’t Dry Up

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 11, 2011 – 11:05 am

How many times can you go to the well before it dries up? Often times that’s a concern to consider, but not with the Vikings QB situation this offseason. We’ve already discussed it several times this offseason on the vikings.com Blog and today we’re going to do it again because a couple names have recently resurfaced.

Before we get to the names, though, let’s not forget about Joe Webb in any of these conversations. Relegated to 3rd-QB status for much of the season, Webb grew up quickly late in the year and flashed some ability and leadership, enough to convince some that he might have a future as the team’s starter. Webb’s obvious strength is his athleticism, but I also like his arm strength and his demeanor.

Now let’s get to the other names…they are Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck and Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb.

Hasselbeck, whom we identified earlier this offseason as a name that would pop up frequently as a possibility for the Vikings, is top of mind for NFL fans again because of his sensational performance in last weekend’s Wild Card win over the New Orleans Saints. The Star Tribune’s Mark Craig recently explained why he believes Hasselbeck might be a nice fit in Minnesota. Hasselbeck was 22 of 35 for 272 yards and 4 TDs with just 1 INT, good for an impressive 113.0 passer rating. He guided his team to 41 points and now leads them to Soldier Field for a Divisional Round showdown with the Chicago Bears.

A 12-year veteran, Hasselbeck has the credentials and experience to make him a nice “bridge” QB to help the Vikings transition to a younger passer, such as Joe Webb or another addition down the road. But, when healthy, I believe he also still has the ability and desire to help the Vikings win games in 2011.

Kolb entered the 2010 season as the Eagles starting QB, but was knocked out of the season-opener with a concussion and that opened the door for Mike Vick to begin playing out of his mind, which prompted head coach Andy Reid to stick with Vick as his starter for the rest of the season. But the point is that Reid, a well-respected offensive mind in the NFL, was confident enough in Kolb to make him his starter in Week 1 of the season. That tells me he’s ready to be a starter in the NFL, if not in Philadelphia then in some other city.

It sounds like Kolb believes the same.

“I love it here, as everybody knows,” Kolb said, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere.”

So, Vikings fans, what say you? Do Hasselbeck or Kolb entice you as options for the Vikings?


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