Vikings QB Carousel: What the Minnesota Vikings can do to get off the ride
New year, new coach, new coordinators, same problem; the Vikings do not have a franchise quarterback. As it stands right now Christian Ponder is the only quarterback on the Vikings roster, yes Christian Ponder. Matt Cassel officially voided his contract Friday opting to test the free agency waters, and can you blame him? He was the best quarterback on the Vikings roster last year, and had a legitimate shot at being the starter next year. The Vikings have little options after him, and he holds all the cards. Now you might think, Cassel couldn’t possibly get more than $3.7 million a year in the open market. Well, why can’t he? There are at least five teams in desperate need of a quarterback, and you could probably make a case for four more. This draft has a lot of potential starting quarterbacks, but many teams could be looking at adding a veteran to bridge the gap, and Cassel is a prime candidate to take advantage of that opportunity.
Cassel threw for 1807 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, with a starting record of 3-3, good not great. Cassel is an option, but he is not a long-term option nor is he a solution to the Vikings never ending quarterback quarrels. He is simply another stopgap for an organization that has desperately been lacking a leader at arguably the most important position in football. This is not to say that he won’t be back with the Vikings next year; there is a good chance he could re-sign.
It is important that the Vikings do not panic here and pay Cassel more than he is worth. They have a good chunk of money to spend in free agency and that should be used to solidify the defense. Cassel is a backup, and they already have a capable backup in Ponder. If the Vikings are that concerned about having a veteran presence, there are plenty available who are just as good, maybe better, than Cassel. If Matt Cassel does re-sign, it needs to be as a backup; he is simply not the answer for the Vikings, he is a notch better than Ponder, and we need a long-term solution now.[ad id=”Ad1″]The 2014 football season is upon us, free agency is 30 days away, and the draft is May 8th. Needless to say there is a lot that can happen between now and then. So what can the Vikings do to alleviate the suffering loss at quarterback? Let’s play out a few scenarios.
Minnesota Vikings 2013 QB Stats
This brings me to Scenario 2:
I know that many are not sold on Manziel; he’s too short, he isn’t strong enough, and he’s got off field issues. He may not possess the same intangibles as Luck or even Bridgewater, but the bottom line is he can win you games. This kid finds a way to get it done; he is innovative and passionate and that is something you cannot teach. Yes he is young, but he has an innate ability to lead, which is something the Vikings have desperately been lacking. Look at the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Manziel led the Aggies to a 52-48 victory after being down 38-17 at the half. Manziel was 30-38 passing, with 382 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw in 73 yards rushing and a score. Manziel generated a whopping 455 yards of total offense; Manziel won that game. He didn’t give up, he didn’t quit, and he corralled his men back in a time where it looked like they had no chance. Manziel is a leader, he is talented, he knows how to win and he is a franchise quarterback. No he isn’t Andrew Luck, he is Johnny fricken Football and the Vikings need him. May 8th is when the Vikings can take the first step to stabilizing their offense and team for the next 15 years. It’s time for the Manziel era.[ad id=”Ad2″]
Heather Flatgard was born and raised in Minneapolis with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is set to start Chiropractic school this fall and will be specializing in sports injury. She looks forward to opening up her own practice and becoming the first ever-female chiropractor for the NFL. She loves all sports, but is an avid football fan and diehard Vikings fan.