One good thing has already happened this new year — the Minnesota Vikings have stopped embarrassing themselves.
At least on the field.
Many things need to be fixed before the start of the next season, whenever that may be.
The first thing is changing Leslie Frazier’s title from interim head coach to head coach. That happened Monday so a pat on the back to the Wilf franchise for getting one thing right so far.
That moves the top priority to finding a quarterback and hopefully that will happen in the draft and not through a trade or free agency. The Brett Farve-Brad Johnson-Jeff George-stop gap solution hasn’t turned into Super Bowl success.
The last time the Vikings drafted a quarterback that worked was 1999 when they selected Daunte Culpepper. I’m not counting Joe Webb in this because two games is too early to tell, but it’s my opinion that he won’t amount to anything spectacular, serviceable maybe, but John Elway or Steve Young probably not.
There are potentially a large number of quality quarterbacks entering this year’s draft. Names include Andrew Luck (Stanford), Blaine Gabbert (Missouri), Jake Locker (Washington), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Cam Newton (Auburn) and Christian Ponder (Florida State), who are considered the top prospects at that position. Minnesota needs to draft one with their No. 12 pick in this year’s draft.
Here is hoping the Wilf’s can find the franchise quarterback that was so elusive in the last decade.
There’s also free agency (Chad Greenway and Sydney Rice), finding an offensive coordinator or quarterback coach that can quickly groom this young quarterback and solidifying the offensive line to protect the QB.
Here is to a happy new year and one that keeps the Wilf’s busy and spending money wisely.