The current season is far from over with only four games remaining. But it's about time to start asking the important questions. The most important of which is who is going to be the Vikings QB of the future? Of the people who are currently in the league, there seems to be five names that jump out.
Now I will explain why these five are the top canidates for the Vikings starting quarterback job next season. Let's start with the easiest. Gus Frerotte. Why should he be the starting quarterback? Well, partially because he is their QB now, and they are in first place in their division. Why shouldn't he be? Mostly every other reason.
He boasts a current QB rating of 76.1 with a total of 12 TDs and 13 INTs. These are not stats that you want to go home and brag about to your buddies. What he does do effectively is make decisions.
He knows where he wants to go with the ball and when, he just doesn't always have the accuracy or the arm power to get it there. Unless of course Berrian is left wide open with the closest defender being the fan wearing an Urlacher jersey in the second row.
Overall though, I think that most of the Vikings loyal would agree that Frerotte is getting older and is not a good choice to be behind the wheel of the Vikings next year.
So, moving on. Let's go next to the choice I want least to happen, but which actually has a decent shot of happening. Tarvaris Jackson. He was drafted by Childress as his protégé to demonstrate his ability of bringing in a young quarterback to be a franchise one such as he did with Donovan McNabb.
I think that Coach C. is finally starting to see the big picture as far as Jackson is concerned in that he is not a viable option. He has floundered every chance that he has been given and has looked more like a lost sheep then anything else. I wanted to believe. I really really did. I wanted to think that we could draft a QB in the second round from a no name school that's not division and turn him into something great.
I just don't think that's going to happen anytime soon. As far as Jackson's career stats are concerned, he has boasted an amazing 68.6 with 12 TDs and 17 INTs. Not stats you want to bring to the table when starting your 4th year of playing football next year.
The third/fourth option is actually a one or the other situation. While Cleveland is not having a record setting year, they do have one thing going. Two QB's who want to start, and strangely enough, only one starting quarterback job. This means that one or the other will seek a trade or be released by the Browns in this comming offseason.
Either option is fine with the Vikings, who would be better suited with either than sticking with Gus Frerotte or Tarvaris Jackson.
Now, niether of these players are saints, but both have shown that they have what it takes to get the job done going down the field. Anderson has thrown 43 TD's in his 31 games with the Browns, not exactly great, but much better than either current Vikings QB has to offer. Quinn is much less experienced, but still has much more developmental potential than Jackson currently does.
The final option is bringing back a rumor that started last offseason, but seems like a much more viable option his one. His name is Donovan McNabb. Why wouldn't he be starting for Philly next year? Well, mostly because Philly is known for having the most unforgiving fans in all of football.
They love you when you are doing good, but they are quick to curse your name if they think that you are costing them the chance at a super bowl. This is the situation that McNabb finds himself in now.
He is not having a particularly great year, and while he has shown flashes of his former glory throughout this season, I would be surprised if Philly is going to give him another shot next year.
So why would any of these QB's choose to stay/move to Minnesota to play ball. I'll tell you one thing, it's probably not because of the weather that we have out in this land of ten thousand lakes. No, more likely it's because we are a team poised on the edge of winning it all. Poised to win except for one small little crucial piece.
We need to find ourselves a starting quarterback. So whatever the option is for the Vikings next season. Don't be surprised if you see one of these five men leading the Vikings onto the field next season.