Minnesota Vikings: Go or Blow!

KasenContributor IFebruary 19, 2009

My grandfather had a '67 Chevy Impala four-door that ran horribly. He drove it for more than 10 years and, no matter how many times he'd get it tuned up, it always ran horribly. It would spit and sputter, missing like crazy.

It never bothered him because, when it ran that way, he would simply stomp the accelerator to the floor and yell,"Go or blow, you s.o.b.!" That motor never blew up, but it never ran well.

I'm a Minnesota Vikings fan. Always have been and always will be. Every year most Vikings fans catch themselves holding their breath through the draft and free agency periods, hoping that, this year, everything will go right and we'll find the missing cog that will make the machine run well. This year, it seems, that cog is quarterback.

Now, there are other issues and I'm not going to sit here and tell you that a quarterback will fix all and it's Super Bowl rings for everybody. However, it does seem to be the No. 1 problem. In my opinion, there's two...three things Minnesota can do to fix the QB problem and get the Vikes back on track.


1. Dump Tarvaris Jackson.

He has not consistently shown enough improvement to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He can't find his second or third wide receivers when his first is covered. He has no sense whatsoever in the 2:00 drill. Replace him maybe with an Anderson or Garcia (my choice).


2. Upgrade the skill positions.

Stack the deck with a better tight end and a stronger wide receiver opposite Berrian to up the percentage of catches. If I'm allowed to dream, I'd like to see Houshmandzadeh on that other side. I've got nothing against Shiancoe but there was quite a bit of dropped balls last year that could have made a difference. (This option has been tried in the past by the Vikings...almost worked.)


3. Do nothing and hope it all works out in time.

The Vikings have a track record of trying this alot only to find that other problems would pop up, missing their window of opportunity.


Tarvaris Jackson has proven that he can have his moments of brilliance. I'm not trying to take that away from him. However, when he's not having those moments, he's usually having dysfunctional moments. And, unfortunately, it's the latter that proves to be the majority of time spent on the field.

He is the Vikings' "go or blow", never quite blowing up, yet, never running well.

When a team has a top 10 defense, a top 10 kicker, and the top rusher, it's hard to find excuses for losses. I don't mean to offend anyone, but the true Vikings fans know exactly what I'm talking about. I feel it's time for change.


I appreciate you letting me vent and don't hesitate to give me your opinion. Constructive criticism is always welcome.