Give Joe Webb the Keys

7 01 2011

First and foremost, let me start this piece with a warning:

As a student and future alum of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I am going to attempt to write this piece as neutral as possible.  This may not work as intended, but I feel this needs to be said.

Minnesota Vikings, Zygi Wylf, Leslie Frazier, whoever will eventually make this decision:  let Joe Webb be your QB of the future.

For the past couple of seasons, you’ve been working with stopgap type QBs: Gus Frerrote, Brad Johnson, Brett Favre, I’m sure for all of you, this is starting to get a little old.  It’s because of the Childress-era that I believe that the Vikings are unlikely to make the move on Donovan McNabb or, as I once suggested, make the move for David Garrard once Del Rio goes shoves him out the door.  As many expect, it’s time for you to hand the reigns to a new QB, one that will (hopefully, barring injury) be around for years to come, and can maybe become the face of your franchise.

What? Del Rio has to blame his lack of consistency on SOMETHING

It may be in your best interest to make that guy Joe Webb.

Sure, Webb hasn’t shown a whole lot in his two chances as a starter (and extended time on Monday Night Football), but he’s shown enough promise.  With the staff that’s supposedly being assembled in Minnesota, with Singletary coaching linebackers and McDaniels running the offense, you have the chance to create something special.  The Vikings are already young talent wise, Peterson is probably the oldest skill player, and there are plenty of playmakers to make things happen as Joe gets acclimated to playing at the pro level.

Now, I know, the Vikings could just as easily draft a “proven commodity” at the QB position, taking a chance on Ryan Mallet or Cam Newton should they fall down to their position.  But honestly, what would be the benefit?  We know Mallet has a great chance of playing in the NFL, and the perfect skillset, but what about what we’ve seen of him under pressure?  Hasn’t worked out.  Instead of using that high draft pick on a QB that may not work out, why not draft to build your defense?  Usually first round talent comes in ready to play, shoring up your LB corps or back four could go a long way as far as building your team goes.

Joe’s still raw as a passer, but that can be molded, and if McD is as great of a coach as he says he is, he can mold Joe into one of the better QBs in the league.  Look at his skillset, is it not what you want in an NFL QB?  Tall, so vision in the pocket isn’t a problem, strong arm and big hands, and is mobile, and best of all, he doesn’t just run away from the start, he waits for things to break down then takes off.  We’ve even seen his pressing want to be a pocket passer mess him up once or twice (Detroit game).  This is something that more playing time could adjust, he can become a better player, we’ve seen enough out of him to know that he has a tremendous upside, while being good enough to win a few games for you.

What can he give you that Joe can't?

 

I apologize if I come across as maybe too mesmerized by the fact that someone I once went to school with is now in the NFL, but in all seriousness, I don’t understand how Tebow can get a fairshot, and Webb gets left out.

Other than the fact that Tebow went to a big-name program and won the National Championship, they both broke record after record in college.  Not to mention several SEC Coaches had once stated that Joe Webb could’ve went to ANY SEC school AND STARTED.

Cam Newton’s likely going to get a chance in the NFL as a QB, and his footwork is about as raw as it gets.

I don’t know, maybe I’ve got a bit of bias on my side, but after watching the guy play QB for the Blazers for two years, and seeing him make play after play with next to nothing….it just makes me wonder what could’ve been here if we actually had a decent defense.  He was good enough to carry not just the 10 other guys around him, but the entire roster.

Give him the chance and he can be an NFL starter

I understand Mr. Frazier and Mr. Wilf that you will do what you feel gives your organization the best chance to be successful.  I just hope that you can see what’s clearly in front of you, and that you won’t go out and waste a pick and millions on a new guy, when you have a franchise player already signed.

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