Minnesota Vikings: Enough with the Blazer Package; It Will Never Work

C. CuseOCorrespondent IISeptember 12, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Houston Texans in the second half on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Texans 28-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Frankly, I am sick of hearing, "Joe Webb must see the playing field; he is a freak of nature."


Webb is talented, so talented in fact that he is playing in the upper echelon of his sport and has been lucky enough to be secure a spot on an NFL team's 53 man roster. 

Clearly, he is one of the best in the world, since only a handful of football players will ever see the NFL.

The problem? He is a career back-up. He may have been great in high school and good in college, but now, he is mediocre or below average in the pros.

Sure, he is fast and he may even make a good wide receiver, so uh, why is he listed as a quarterback on the depth chart?

He is the No. 3 quarterback for a reason, so can someone please justify to me why he deserves to see the field?

Uh, because he's fast? 

No, sorry that's not good enough, because frankly, there are faster guys out there.

The only way for a No. 3 quarterback to ever see the field in passing situations should be if the No. 1 and No. 2 both get hurt or if they are holding the snaps on extra points.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 27: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles for a touchdown at Mall of America Field on August 27, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Yesterday was the first time Viking fans were exposed to this new "blazer" package created around third string quarterback Joe Webb; it was laughable.  

The only blazing I saw was from the Chargers defense who miraculously were able to stop the "blaze" from the get-go.

Now why were they able to stop the play from jump street? Uh, did anyone not know what was coming?

When Joe Webb steps on to the field, every single team the Vikings play against will know what is coming.

Webb will either hand it off to Peterson or Harvin, or he will try to run it himself and hear the words "loss of yards" in his sleep.

No, no I did not forget the option to pass the ball in the "blazer" package, but is any opposing defense really worried about Joe Webb's arm?

The guy started two games last season and managed to throw three interceptions with a blazing zero touchdowns.

Wait, are those numbers of someone who needs to see the field as a quarterback? No, those are pedestrian No. 3 quarterback stats.

Why utilize the worthless blazer package when your starting quarterback in Donovan McNabb has the legs to run?

McNabb is not slow, and he is not immobile, if anyone saw his 23 yard run yesterday thanks to another missed blocking assignment by LT, Charlie Johnson...but that's a whole other problem.

The blazer was useless yesterday and managed two yards off two plays, and those two yards came from a Harvin run.

Harvin was far more effective out of the backfield when McNabb was at quarterback because it kept the defense guessing.

Webb, however, has the defense salivating, not guessing.

Joe Webb, you are fast, quick and a great athlete, but in the NFL, you are nothing special.

You definitely are not a "blazer."