It was just a year ago when the Vikings had one of the greatest QBs in NFL history have one of the best seasons of his career, as Brett Favre guided the Purple to a 12-4 record and NFC Championship Game appearance while crafting a 107.2 passer rating along the way. Now, though, with Favre having filed his retirement papers and 2nd-year player Joe Webb the only QB on the roster, the Vikings face a much different situation at the position.
As a result, Vikings fans are focused almost exclusively on trying to figure out what their team will do to find a long-term option at QB. Vikings coaches and scouts are focusing on the very same thing.
“We’re the one team in our division that doesn’t have a concrete starter,” Frazier told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week. “We’re kind of looking up at the rest of our division at that position, but we’ve got to address that this offseason and hopefully find the right guy. One thing about our roster, we’ve got the pieces in place at certain positions. We’ve got Pro Bowlers at certain positions.”
Frazier pointed out that finding the answer at QB is even more important given how strong the NFC North will be again in 2011. Both teams in this year’s NFC Championship Game were from the Vikings division – Chicago and Green Bay – and both of those teams have young, franchise-caliber QBs in Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers, respectively.
“That tells you we’ve got a tough division,” Frazier said. “We’ve got to get it right at quarterback, whether it be a veteran or a young guy.”
While it may be concerning to Vikings fans that the most important position on the field is not settled, it should be encouraging to those same fans that Frazier is focused on finding the solution.
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Over the weekend, reports emerged that the Vikings and WR Emmanuel Arceneaux had agreed to a contract. On Wednesday, the agreement between the Vikings and the former CFL receiver became official.
I haven’t seen Arceneaux in person, but it appears he’s a big receiver (6-2, 211 pounds) and he’s certainly been productive over the past 2 CFL seasons while playing for the B.C. Lions. This past season he caught 67 passes for 1,114 yards and 5 TDs and his total over the past 2 seasons came out to 130 receptions for 1,972 yards and 12 TDs.
The Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins noted on Saturday that Arceneaux reportedly worked out for 8 NFL teams since December and had narrowed his list to the Vikings, Bears, Dolphins and Seahawks.
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Only 2 teams remain alive in the hunt for a Super Bowl XLV title, which means 30 other NFL franchises – including the Vikings – are focused exclusively on preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft. Part of that preparation process is the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, which is happening this week in its usual location of Mobile, Alabama.
The country’s top college football seniors have gathered in front of NFL coaching staffs and scouts in Mobile to prove that they have what it takes to play at the next level. This week those seniors will participate in practice and meet with teams, and then this weekend they’ll play in the actual Senior Bowl. But the meat and potatoes of the event, from NFL coaches and scouts’ perspective, is the 5 days or so of practices and individual player meetings.
The Senior Bowl is much like the NFL Scouting Combine in that its become a media event as well. We’ve brought you comprehensive coverage of the Combine directly from Indianapolis for the past 3 years and we’ll do so again this year, but we haven’t made it down to Mobile yet to cover the Senior Bowl. So we’ll have to rely on some friends to provide insight for us.
Vikings preseason game analyst Mike Mayock is in Mobile covering this week’s events for NFL Network. As you may know, Mayock is one of the best NFL draft analysts out there because of the work and time he puts into watching film, calling games and speaking with players, coaches and NFL personnel men. Here is an early look at his top 5 players at each position. As Mayock notes, underclassmen are prevalent in his rankings and as he also notes, it’s a bit too early to rank QBs so he has them in groupings of 4.
Another NFL Network personality I’ve gotten to know from going to the Combine is Charles Davis. He’s gotten a jump on the mock draft season by issuing his debut edition on NFL.com. Check it out by clicking here. I have a pretty strong feeling that many of you won’t like what Davis projects for the Vikings future, but remember that it’s very early yet and things will certainly change between now and draft day.
In case you weren’t already aware, NFL Network has daily live coverage of the Senior Bowl, so tune in and check it out. If you don’t get NFL Network, you can keep checking back here to vikings.com for updates. There are several Senior Bowl-related videos posted on vikings.com and surely more to come as well.
Finally, we’ll leave you with a photo provided to us by Zach Green. It’s new special assistant to the head coach/LBs coach Mike Singletary speaking with a fan at the Senior Bowl…
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