Around the Water Cooler: Vikings Quarterbacks
The Vikings quarterback situation in 2011 is far from settled. With two unproven quarterbacks under contract for next season — Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar — the future signal-caller in Minnesota remains a mystery. And as head coach Leslie Frazier noted on Pro Football Talk Live on Tuesday, the quarterback situation is one you have to get right.
When asked about who would start at quarterback next season, Frazier said he was unsure.
“I really, at this point, have no idea,” said Frazier. “[Joe Webb] did a great job in those last three weeks that we had to play him, but I can’t say he’s going to be our starting quarterback.”
In his introductory press conference as head coach, Frazier told reporters that the team may look to the draft for a new quarterback.
“I think we all want a young quarterback that we can develop and build our franchise around,” Frazier said. “That would be ideal, to find the next Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco.”
While incumbent Joe Webb will certainly get a shot at the starting job, the first-year player out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham remains talented but raw.
Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com provides a few free-agent suggestions — Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb, and Matt Leinart — but after watching Brett Favre’s body break down this season, the Vikings may want a younger body behind center.
As the Vikings attempt to put the 2010 season behind them, the team has an important decision to make. Do they struggle through the growing pains of developing a young quarterback or chance it with an older quarterback who may break down?