Waiting on Brett Favre: What Will the Minnesota Vikings Do?

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Waiting on Brett Favre: What Will the Minnesota Vikings Do?
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The Vikings are giving Brett Favre something that he hasn't been given for over six years: time to think about his future.

After being pushed into early retirement several times, the Vikings are playing the waiting game with Favre. The only difference between this game and the one he played with Green Bay for so many offseasons is that the Vikings are willing to wait it out, even if it takes until August again.

I must admit, I was surprised by Favre's performance this season. He went far above and beyond expectations. He was embraced by the Vikings organization to a degree that hasn't been seen for a long time.

Vikings fans have actually rented billboards near Favre's hometown in Mississippi and adorned them with slogans saying, "Please come back Brett."

While the Vikings wait for a decision from Favre, they must decide what they are going to do with their current quarterback situation. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are career backup material and don't appear to have what it takes to lead the Super Bowl-ready Vikings.

Regardless of what Favre does, the Vikings will approach this offseason with one goal in mind: They must pick up a franchise quarterback.

The quarterback class of 2010 appeared to be deep, but extremely poor performances or lack of performances at the NFL combine have created quite a stir around the league.

With the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Vikings will have an opportunity to make a stretch for quarterback or risk waiting until their second-round selection. The Vikings won't have a shot at Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, but guys like Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy most certainly would be available.

If Favre comes back for a year, one lucky rookie will get the opportunity to train with one of the greatest players in NFL history. He'll get the chance to sit back and learn from a living legend, and in time will take over, with huge shoes to fill.

If Favre doesn't come back, one unlucky rookie will get the opportunity to watch Tarvaris Jackson throw incredibly inaccurate balls all over the field.

Whichever quarterback the Vikings pick in the first or second round this year, he won't be starting. He will get a year to learn the system and will be placed on an explosive offense that features an extremely talented group of receivers and a freak of a running back.

My gut feeling tells me that Favre will be back. That will give the Vikings an opportunity to be Super Bowl contenders again, and hopefully for many more years to come.

So which guys should the Vikings have on their radar?

 

1). Tim Tebow, Florida

The guy is one of the best college players ever. He has an extremely accurate arm and makes solid decisions. However, his throwing motion is uglier than Rosie O'Donnell on a good day.

The thing with Tebow is, nobody knows how well he can transition into the NFL. Personally, I think he'll be great. He has the work ethic and football I.Q. to do some really great things. I won't complain if the Vikings pick him up in the first-round.

 

2.) Colt McCoy, Texas

One of the biggest knocks on McCoy is his lack of arm strength. He can only throw the ball 60 yards. That's absolutely terrible, right?

Seriously, how many times do quarterbacks throw it that far in a game? If quarterbacks throw five balls further than 25 yards down field, it's a good day.

He's small and is very raw, but he has so much potential. If he's there in the second round still and the Vikings haven't picked their quarterback yet, he's going to be hard to pass up.

 

3.) Jevan Snead, Ole Miss

A year ago at this exact time, Mel Kiper Jr. had Jevan Snead as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Oh how the times have changed.

After an extremely disappointing year that showed a severe lack of accuracy, Snead fell off the map and draft boards around the NFL. After a strong performance at the NFL combine in which he displayed incredible accuracy, he bought himself a second chance.

He may be a reach in the second round, but I think it would be worth it.

 

4.) Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State

He had an amazing Senior Bowl and showed what he can do with talent around him. He displayed some good decision making skills, even without his star receiver to help him. With guys like Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, this guy could be great.

His stock has definitely risen from being a fifth to sixth round pick two months ago. I think he could be the best quarterback of this draft class. He's my dark horse pick and could surprise many if he's given the opportunity to start next season.

 

5.) Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan

Scouts were disappointed when LeFevour opted not to throw at the combine. He may have hurt his stock a little and dipped himself down into the third and fourth rounds.

Despite that, LeFevour has all the tools to succeed. He has good height and weight and ran an impressive 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine.

He completed an amazing 69.9 percent of his passes last season. He has good arm strength and makes solid decisions. I wouldn't mind this pick, but his choice not to throw at the combine may turn the Vikings away.

 

Summary

I don't think the Vikings could go wrong with any of these picks. Let them learn the game before throwing them into the fire. Watching Favre do his thing will help tremendously.

There are plenty of quarterbacks to choose from; some are bad and some are good. It doesn't matter what they did in college, though. All that matters is their ability to make the transition to the NFL.

The Vikings have the veteran leadership to make things happen for a young rookie. The Vikings will draft a quarterback no matter what Favre does. At the age of 40 (41 in October), the Vikings have to think about the future. Jackson and Rosenfels are simply not the future.

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