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The Vikings are looking for a new savior since the departure of Brett Favre.
Donovan McNabb has thrived on teams where he was surrounded by talent. While quarterbacking the Philadelphia Eagles for 11 seasons, in a system that had little change or fluctuation under the leadership of Andy Reid, McNabb thrived. His lifetime quarterback rating sits at a mediocre 85.7 in his 12 seasons, and last year with the Redskins, it dipped to 77.1 as he threw for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The season included an embarrassing benching for the team’s backup, Rex Grossman. At the start of the season, the Redskins were looking for a savior in McNabb, and were sorely disappointed.
In a similar situation as last year’s Redskins, the Minnesota Vikings are looking for a new savior after Brett Favre’s perennial retirement at the end of the 2010 season. In 2011, however, the Vikings’ captains didn’t plan any trips to Hattiesburg, MS to pull Brett off his couch and out of retirement. Surprisingly enough, however, the Eagles (McNabb’s original team) are interested in acquiring Favre’s services (FAIL!).
This move by the Vikings is a case of not learning from experience. The Vikings front office seems to repeat folly that another team has proved (Remember Favre with the Jets?) at the quarterback position with every personnel move they make. This move is not going to benefit the Vikings, who have already lost Tavaris Jackson to free agency and can hopefully bring along Christian Ponder with McNabb’s tutelage. Ponder is excited to work with McNabb so that is a plus. He recently tweeted: “Excited to have McNabb join. Will learn a lot from a Pro Bowler. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still fighting to start week 1!”
My bet is that by mid-season the Vikes will have benched McNabb to give Ponder a shot, who will fare only slightly better than McNabb.
The Vikings acquired McNabb in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round pick and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013. The trade was contingent on McNabb agreeing to restructure the five-year, $78 million extension he signed with the Redskins.