The reviews for this move have been mixed, and I can't understand why they would be. Granted, McNabb had a horrific year last year with the Washington Redskins, but you can't honestly say they had anything to work with. Remember, the Redskins came in with Clinton Portis, Willie Parker and Larry Johnson in the backfield, and none of them were playing come December.
But there are many reasons why this is a great move for the Vikings.
It may seem like a while ago, but the Vikings are only two years removed from almost going to the Super Bowl. Last year, Brett Favre was ineffective, and it turned out the best backup Minnesota had was Joe Webb.
McNabb will be able to stretch the field with his deep throwing ability and still has the wheels to buy some time in the pocket. Not to mention Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin are way better than Santana Moss and whoever else the Redskins put on the other side. With McNabb there, it will be a lot less like 2010 and closer to 1998 with Randall Cunningham.
Also, the Vikings have a backfield that McNabb could only dream about in Philadelphia and Washington. Having Adrian Peterson behind you is never a bad thing and, even when Adrian is out, Toby Gerhart is a great fill in.
Oh, and don't forget that McNabb loves to throw to his tight ends, and Visanthe Shiancoe is emerging as one of the best in the league.
The Vikings were 29th in points and 26th in passing yards last year. McNabb is definitely going to improve that. Plus, keeping the offense on the field will help a defense that was top ten in almost every category except points allowed. That tells a story of a team who was consistently put in a bad position on defense.
Finally, this move is for the future. Christian Ponder isn't going to be ready to start in the NFL right away. Let him spend a year or two on the bench and learn.
The Vikings also didn't have to give up much for McNabb (two sixth-round picks) so it won't effect their drafting position next year. Vikings fans, get ready for an exciting season, because McNabb may be the missing piece to go on a long run this year.
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