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Vikings blowing it at QB again

July 28, 2011 - Per Peterson
Same, old Vikings. Instead of finally sucking it up and letting a rookie quarterback lead this team, they opted, once again, to hand the team over to a veteran — this time 12-year veteran Donovan McNabb, who follows in the footsteps of Brett Favre, Jeff George, and Randall Cunningham as reclamation projects. While it’s true some of these antiques still had some shine left on them, that shouldn’t mean the Vikings should continue to dip from that unpredictable well. Favre and Cunningham both reached new heights after leaving the prime of their careers in the rearview mirror by bringing the team within a game of the Super Bowl, but that won’t happen with McNabb. Here’s why? Sidney Rice is gone. Favre and Rice flourished two seasons ago. Without Rice, Favre was mediocre. It’s tough to score when you take a quarterback’s No. 1 weapon away, especially when that quarterback has little tread left on his tires. Now McNabb’s in the same boat — his No. 1 receiver this year? Bernard Berrian? Manning or Brady would have a hard time moving this offense down the field on a consistent basis. Favre needed Rice almost as much as Rice needed Favre, and if Rice stays healthy he will be spending his Sunday afternoon making Tarvaris Jackson look good in Seattle — no small feat, by the way. What receiver has the ability to make McNabb look good, or, at the very least, bail him out? The Vikings, if they tab McNabb as their starter, will miss a grand opportunity to showcase their new rookie quarterback and start building for two, three years down the road. You have to rebuild sometime. Why not start now?


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