Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 18, 2011 – 9:26 am

The Monday Morning Mailbag will roll on right through March Madness this week. Do you have questions?

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  1. By her vang on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    i just wanna ask a question…what if the quarterback for missuori is still free to draft will you guys draft him

  2. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    If another Dan Marino is available, Jones would be first in line to take him.

    Since that ain’t not never likely, for pete’s sake get some O Linemen ! !


  3. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    I used gooder language.

  4. By Titus on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    If Gabbert is still available when we pick, we better take him. Unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

  5. By Chance on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    What percent chance do you have that Sidney Rice returns to the vikings? I mean why wouldnt he just sign the deal, the vikings probably gave him the best possible offer out there considering he came off a hip surgery. What are your thoughts?

  6. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply


    I think 100%.

    Rice could complain about the offensive line, and uncertain quarterbacking right now. Then again maybe he knows Joe Webb can git er’ done!

    If we don’t have a good offensive line, Joe Webb is the best choice for QB in the entire world ! ! !

  7. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb just might be the next Tarkenton. To this old timer, he looks similar !

  8. By the horned norseman on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    whats the latest on Pat Williams et al and the four game suspension?

  9. By paul on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Freddy Jones, Fran is white, under 6ft. Webb is black about 6’5″

  10. By 4eversteve on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    What are your thoughts on drafting O-linemen in the early rounds over a quarterback, seeing how poorly the O-line played this past season in both pass and run blocking game schemes? There were countless times we witness A.P. being hit in the backfield as he was receiving the hand-off or the quarterback not even given enough time to complete a three step drop on slant patterns. I’m not sure that Tom Brady or Payton Manning could have played very well behind this line. So what makes people think that a rookie quarterback coming out of college is going to fair any better than Joe Webb would, given this scenario?

  11. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply


    Joe Webb can scramble like Fran Tarkenton.

    If you missed Tarkenton’s scrambles, you have missed the very best of football.

    They probably have examples of Tarkenton’s scrambles on

  12. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply


    Joe Webb may be the best scrambler in the NFL right now.

    If we don’t repair this porous offensive line, we’ll need his special talents to cope with the things you talked about ! ! !

  13. By Titus on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Paul — why is your comparison based on skin color and height? Two players can have same style despite looking different. I wonder what you really think…

  14. By Bigfan1 on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Frederick Jones that without a good offensive tackle we will need a qb that can run. Tarkenton was the king of scrambling, fun to watch and hard to catch. It’ll be interesting to see if the Vikes pursue key members of the offensive line. I’ll never forget during the San Francisco game last year where Webb ran forty yards for a touchdown, that takes the “umph” out of a defense. Another desperate need is a cornerback, I don’t think it would happen but it would be phenomenal to get Peterson from LSU and Solder from CO (OT). I’m looking forward to April.

  15. By James on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Most say it starts with the front lines(off.&def.) So if our def. is on the field all the time and with them getting somewhat older and with so many DE & DT looking great in the upcoming draft is there any OT in freeagency this year. Trading down picking up a 3rd round seem ok. Florida,s Ponder is rising and there are OT in the 2nd & 3rd that are pro talents. Does any one know if a DT will be in the 2nd or 3rd pro ready.

  16. By Vikingsfan321 on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Is there any high percent(86%-100%) of who the Vikings are shooting for in the 2011 Nfl Draft?

  17. By JRice on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    What will happen if we need to get wide receiver through free agency during the lockout, like sidney rice or Randy Moss?

  18. By James on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Teams can not talk to players during the lockout.The only way (as i took it.on nfl channel)is if Tom Brady and them other players with the lawsuit win that opens talks back up and free agency will begin. Thats why the vikes need this to happen to pick up 1 or 2 free agents before the draft.The vikes need to get younger and fill alot of holes.

  19. By James on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Last year the vikings traded down to get more pick to address needed position and if they feel highly of Florida’s QB Ponder and still get an OT and DT they will trade down to get a 3rd back.Chris Cook had his altercation with someone next door to him that was mad. And he can be a special CB next year anyone know how thats going lately

  20. By Mike Ohara on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    any new information on qbs? i would love you see minnesota work out something to get kolb on the roster

  21. By Wayne on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    who are you guys going to get for QB

  22. By Aceviking on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Jake Locker is a Man-Beast who just needs a little work. Bring in Hasslebeck to mentor him and maybe start for a year. Also, have Bill Musgrave develop him.

  23. By Mike on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Have you read the math/football blog and predicting rookies successes in the nfl? It is amazing. And I love the results:

    Have the Vikings been looking at Stanzi?

  24. By Mike on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Have you read the math/football blog and predicting rookies successes in the nfl? It is amazing. And I love the results:

    Have the Vikings been looking at Stanzi?

  25. By Nick on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    J.J. Watt in the first, unlimited engine against the run, can get after the passer. Tight end Rudolph in the second, pretty much complete all rounder Pat Devlin, good value with the first pick in the fourth. Get these guys with a soild vet QB = 10-6 or better in 2011!

  26. By paul on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fred Jones, No one, let alone Joe Webb will ever match the scrambling ability that Fran Tarkington had.
    Tarkington would scramble in the pocket to buy time for his receivers to get open, Webb he justs bails out to avoid the hits.

    Titmus, Take your racist thoughts and go onboard the A.P. bandwagon.

  27. By Titus on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Very clever Paul– I don’t have time for this.

  28. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    We have AP, Rice for one more season? I think we need a vet QB now. These guys aren’t going to stay around forever.

  29. By Parody on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t understand why you think Tarkenton was such a great scrambler. The stats indicate that he lost 1500 more yards from sacks than he gained when he ran the ball. Meanwhile you have career scramblers like McNabb and Vick who are well over 800 and 3000 yards (respectively) MORE rushing yards gained than sack yards lost. Even someone like Aaron Rodgers, who was the sack king in 2009 with 50, still has 125 yards more gained on the ground than lost in sacks.

    Even with all the moving around Tarkenton did behind the pocket, he only netted an average of 185 total yards per game (Passing + Rushing – SackYds). That doesn’t sound all that spectacular to me for a scrambler.

    Now I’m too young to have ever seen Fran play a game, but if he truly were the best scrambler in the NFL, why were his sack numbers so high with such a low net yardage? No offense to the man, but maybe the defenses that played in his years were responsible for a lot more of the games’ outcomes than Fran was.

    And Paulie, if you weren’t being racist then, pray tell, what did you mean by your comment:
    . . . . . . . . . . Fran is white, under 6ft. Webb is black about 6’5″?
    That sure makes you sound like the racist to me…

  30. By Parody on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Sue – Right now we don’t have Rice on board. The hope is for the Restricted Free Agent tender that was applied to him to stick, but that all depends on how the CBA turns out. I’d give it about a 70% chance that the tender becomes invalid once the players and coaches sign an agreement. But I get the impression that the coaches still want to re-sign Rice if they can, even though they’re trying to avoid overpaying him since he has only had 1 great year in his 4-year career.

    Meanwhile, with AP’s character, and the value that he adds to the team, I’d be extremely surprised if he doesn’t agree to an extension before the beginning of the season. The same goes for Greenway, who was given a 1-year deal with the franchise tag.

  31. By Parody on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Heck, compare Tarkenton to Culpepper and you’ll find that even Culpepper won the matchups for average net yards, turnovers per game, and touchdowns (throwing and running) per game in their respective NFL careers.

  32. By Shaq on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    What are the chances of the vikings moving up to take patrick peterson or will they most likely target nnamdi this off-season.And if they dont trade up durning the draft do you see them tradeing down and gathering picks to draft jake locker late first early second

  33. By animal26 on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    Why are the Vikings so interested in a QB anyway? In my opinion, they should use this year (at least try) to fix the defensive line, offensive line, Free safety, corner, and wide receiver positions, Then let Webb have the year (the NFL season will either be short and start late or not at all) If it starts short, whats the worst that can happen? Webb stinks up big time and the Vikings end up getting the first pick in the 2012 draft. If that happens and we are able to get pieces in this years draft and Free agency. The Viking will be able to draft Andrew Luck, then they will have a true franchise quarterback.

  34. By VIkingdude28 on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    i have 2 questions
    1st: I know im not the only viking fan who saw javon walker and logan payne in the pre season but what happened? when we were short wide outs why cut two guys (sign payne to the pr) that showed they had what it takes to play for us. i mean i know walker was injury prone but after those first couple bad weeks why not give him a shot he would have been great because he has worked with favre the most.
    2nd: DO you see the vikings going after julio jones if he falls to us and worry about a qb in the second or a veteran through free agency and have a little qb competition giving job webb a shot to win the starting job?
    SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. By VIkingdude28 on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    one more question…. Do you think maybe the vikings talk to culpepper and sign him to be the veteran in town i watched him in the ufl and he did pretty good plus i would love to see him back in purple…

  36. By kimii porter on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Where is the diversity on the Vikings Cheerleader Squad?

  37. By Vernon on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Howdy Mike W.
    I believe now might actually be the best time to get a valued first round pick for AP. A pick somewhere behind 7th to the 15th plus more compensation. Ideally one would want to send him elsewhere out of the division maybe out of the conference. But I think there is a landing spot that nets one team a Ace stud back and sends the Vikings a good valueable pick +plus in return. I see this being the Redskins. With the #10th pick the Redskins could add the type of back that Mike Shanny would love to have in his backfeild and it could even be Mr. Ingram as a rookie, but why not add a superstar You know Mr. Synder would love it, he’s a spender and It would lead to believe AP would produce for years Alot better then much of Danny “McSpends” Synders’ previous aquicistions have. Plus I think that the Vikings brass could even pull the Redskins into a 1st +3rd pick + future compensation for a back of AP’s caliber! Meaning the Vikings get this Years 1st +3rd rounders and possible 2nd to 3rd rounds in future drafts. I would say the Trade agreement hinges on AP making the Pro Bowl Nets the Vikings 3rd round picks for each of the next 3 seasons if the Redskins are lucky and have AP named MVP the Vikings instead Recieve a 2nd round Pick in place of that 3rd, and if the Redskins win a Superbowl with AP(lets say within the next 3years/4drafts) the Vikings Recieve a 1st round pick in addition the 3rounder. Now its easily precievable that AP could produce rushing numbers of ProBowl caliber rushing within Mike Shannahans’ offense… leading us to believe the Vikings for the next 4 drafts could land 3rd rounds with this “Proposed Trade” I have landed out, which leads me to believe the Vikings could get 1 high 1st round pick + at least 4 3rd picks. Would you say it would be a valuable and viable option for the Vikings?.. as we know this is a Quarterback driven league and the Viks need to find one ASAP to take the reins for years to come and those future draft picks could easily help restore the aging talent at many key positions for the Vikings near future needs!? Sry it took so long to get to my desired question but it needed to be layed out for you. If you could give any feed back on any such trades that have happened within the last 20years that have spanned several drafts and how those trades were worked out it would insightful. Thanks.

  38. By Vernon on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    PS! I surely hope that the Vikings pick Prince “Pick-off” Amukamara with the 12th pick or trade down a few spots and Draft Prince “Pick-off” Amukamara!! he should be arround from pick 12-19!!

  39. By Carl Brodin on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    I say we trade down get some additional picks fill some wholes on our team. Take a QB with our 2nd round pick in the draft. We also need a OL,DL,CB,S possible WR.

  40. By Parody on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    @Vernon – To my knowledge, trades of that magnitude are unheard of these days. Even if you could get a good offer for AP, you’d be pîssing off tens of thousands of Vikings fans. It just might help in the long run, but we need a stadium now, and to get it done we need the support of as many Minnesota residents as possible. So at this point in time, a trade like that would be signing the deal to move to LA. But you also have to consider trading players can’t happen until a CBA is worked out anyways, which most people don’t expect to be finalized until a month or two after the draft at the earliest.

    Also, not that I’m against getting Prince Amukamara, but every mock draft that I have seen (and I’ve seen A LOT this year) have him being selected in the top-10. It would be nice if he slides to #12, but it’s pretty unlikely from the latest that I’ve heard.

  41. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Brian Billick says that if you can draft a franchise QB in the 1st Round you will have a psychological edge on almost every team you play for the next ten years!

  42. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    The problem, according to B.Billick, is that there is no scientific way to find a Pro Bowl quarterback. It’s hit or miss.

    And missing on a QB can set your franchise back 5 to ten years, according to Billick.

  43. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Consider this:

    18 QBs were taken in the first round from 1992 to 2001. Billick says only six of the QBs went on to have successful NFL careers. The other 12 were unquestioned busts.

    Of the coaches who drafted the 12 qbs who failed, not one of the coaches, had his job 3 years later !

  44. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    This was in the book “More Than A Game” by Brian Billick. They have a whole chapter on how to draft a QB.

    The chapter is called, “NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING.”

    Regarding QBs this is true.

    Look how many bloggers want a different QB drafted ! They are not all for Gabbert, for example.

  45. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier may still pick a QB in the first round. Why? Because it’s also scary to pass on a blue chip QB.

    If he gambles right, the Vikings are set for the next ten years. If not, it’ll be many years before we recover, according to Billick.

  46. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    So, I think we should draft an athlete who is a sure thing. That’s not going to be a quarterback.

    Even if it’s a db, de, wr, we’re better off because it’s easier to pick a sure thing.

    The problem with a qb, is there are many unmeasurable intangibles.

    One reason (besides his temper) Leaf didn’t make it was his lack of downfield vision. They can measure it, but many coaches disregard the test.

    Almost all NFL teams had Leaf as a top five pick !

  47. By Titus on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we should draft Billick so, by Fred’s logical reasoning, we can draft a QB to ensure a Vikings’ dynasty.

  48. By Frederick Jones on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply


    No, Billick admits that the reason he was eventually fired by the Ravens was because he failed to draft a franchise qb !

    The point he was trying to make is that no one is an expert when it comes to quarterbacks. There are too many intangibles.

  49. By Titus on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    I know Fred– I got it by your third posting. I am being funny, at least trying. Billick is one of the “experts,” so it stands to reason, his own analysis could be flawed by his own logic— the experts don’t know anything. Look at the class of Jim Kelly and John Elway– there were some good years for QBs.

  50. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys, Someone is posting as me, cuz I didn’t post last night. I don’t disagree with what they posted…but it wasn’t me. I still think we need to draft an O-line, cuz wuthout that it doesn’t matter who is under center.

  51. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Prince will be a Cowboy or a Texan. But if he would be there when the Vikes pick I say run the card to the commissioner. Unless Gabbert is there. Which is incredibly unlikely.

  52. By Titus on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Sue, maybe that was you, and you have amnesia. After all, you say you agree with what was posted.

  53. By VikesfaninMich on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    From the recent comments of Frasier it sounds as if Webb is not “Our Guy”. Don’t you feel he is as good as any of the QBs available to the Vikes in this years Draft? He says he wants a young guy What about Kolb?

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