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Jeff George working as a guest coach in Vikings camp

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At 45 years old, Jeff George finally talked someone into letting him back into a camp.

Of course, this time, it’s as a guest-coach.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, George is hanging around this week because he’s trying to decide if he wants to get into the business.

“Just come and observe and take a look at coaching and see if that’s something he’s interested in doing,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said of George’s role.

The former No. 1 overall pick hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2001, but kept lobbying for jobs for nearly a decade afterward. He was with the Raiders briefly in 2006.

He played one of his 14 NFL seasons with the Vikings in 1999, taking them to the playoffs after starter Randall Cunningham was injured.

“We told our players just to be able to pick his brain, our quarterbacks, and talk with him about some of the things he saw as a young quarterback and what he saw as a veteran and just his maturation over the course of his career,” Frazier said. “He was a very good player for a long time, high draft pick, and I think he can really help our players with some of his background and his knowledge as well.”

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said “we haven’t talked a whole lot,” which is probably a good idea.

After a few days, George will probably convince himself he should be taking Ponder’s job.

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32 Responses to “Jeff George working as a guest coach in Vikings camp”
  1. mazblast says: Jun 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    “what he saw as a veteran and just his maturation over the course of his career,”

    One of George’s problems in the NFL was that for all his talent, there WAS no maturation over the course of his career.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    We are the Washington Redskins and we are better than you Purple Cheater – Cheaters. #RGIIIRealMVP

  3. unbiasfan says: Jun 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    I’d be honored to be there if I was Jeff George..the guy gets to watch 3 rookie hall-of-Famers in the making.

  4. prmpft says: Jun 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    …and he’s still ready if they need him (I wish I could find that reference…)…

  5. agelardi says: Jun 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    ““He was a very good player for a long time”

    That’s debatable.

  6. jdphx says: Jun 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    A 45 y/o George and Ponder would probably be a pretty fair QB battle…

  7. p31squared says: Jun 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    Jeff George wanting to be a coach. Oh, the irony.

  8. kd75 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    And to think the Colts passed on Blair Thomas to draft Jeff George #1 overall in 1990…

  9. 4greatestvikingever says: Jun 5, 2013 4:39 PM

    He’ll be the starter in Minnesota by week 3.

  10. gbmickey says: Jun 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Have to love those last couple sentences of this article, very funny yet so true.

  11. firestarter0728 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Hahahaha……

    The Vikings will benefit greatly from Jeff George’s words of wisdom on how to waste football talent.

    Packers will once again be #1 in the North.

  12. cajunaise says: Jun 5, 2013 4:43 PM

    I thought I remember reading that he was hanging around the Colts’ training camp last July, taking a look at Andrew Luck.

    Now, he’s with another team.

    Old habits…

  13. logicallvoicesays says: Jun 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    The Redskins should sign Jeff George. Even at 45, he’s a better QB than RGIII. Christian Ponder is too. #BurgundyandGoldSubStandard #RGIIIMrIrrelevant

  14. deltaoracle says: Jun 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    “3 future hall of famers”
    “Purple haze…”

  15. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    I guarantee George already thinks he should be the Vikings’ starting QB. He’s been calling them for the last dozen years hoping to get a tryout.

  16. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:57 PM

    I have no idea what happen to this guy when he got drafted. He had the tools to set the NFL on fire and break records. I’ll never forget watching him on Monday night for the Redskins vs. Rams. What a cannon he had.

  17. rooski443 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:57 PM

    Ponder will have 26+ td’s this year. Mark it down, seal it, stamp it and send it in. Breakthrough player of the year!

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    stellarperformance says:Jun 5, 2013 7:09 AM

    There have been seven stories involving the Packers since the last Viking related story, and it was about a punter no longer on their team.

    There is your example of relevancy in the NFL.
    ______

    Now there have been two Vikings stories and no Packer stories today. I guess by your standard, the Packers are irrelevant.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 5, 2013 5:03 PM

    It’s a shame he can’t teach arm strength.

  20. brent1395 says: Jun 5, 2013 5:12 PM

    “After a few days, George will probably convince himself he should be taking Ponder’s job.”

    Maybe he should be.

  21. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    Also, the packers don’t do anything in the offseason other than the draft and minicamps that’s why there are so many stories in a 2 day period. Where as the Vikings are always looking for ways to improve.

    Oh, and Jeff George rules!

  22. granadafan says: Jun 5, 2013 6:00 PM

    Before anyone dismisses George as a coach based on his underwhelming playing career, ask yourself this, “How many current coaches were stellar players in the NFL”? You don’t have to be a top player to know the game. Most didn’t have the physical talent to be a top player but are smart and driven.

    The same goes with former players-turned commentators. I laugh when homer fans blast a broadcaster saying “he sucked as a player”. Well, that player at least played the game at the highest level and was in locker rooms.

  23. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 5, 2013 6:09 PM

    Jeff Gorge either has a great sense of humor and enjoys laughing at the viklings QB situation; or

    he is moved with great pity on the 31st ranked passing group in the NFL.

    That offense needs all the help from anyone possible because the Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Jets all had better passing attacks than the vikings.

  24. blacknole08 says: Jun 5, 2013 6:11 PM

    Why would they even entertain the idea of bringing George back?

    This was the same guy that threw his Viking jersey in the trash after losing to the Rams in the 99 playoffs (both he and Warner had monster numbers in that game).

    He then went to Washington and later got benched for Tony Banks!

    Guy is a cancer anywhere he goes.

  25. arrowdead says: Jun 5, 2013 6:29 PM

    lets b honest…he s better than cassel.

    -chiefs fan

  26. rj6976 says: Jun 5, 2013 6:46 PM

    That last line says it all. He is a snake who would always divide a locker room. When he was a backup he was always talking to receivers, saying if I was starting I’d get you the ball more. I don’t see his presence in any way shape or form as a benefit to ponder

  27. GenXJay says: Jun 5, 2013 7:25 PM

    Favre was too busy coaching ShAaron (since they’re buds now).
    So, the Vikes brought in the gorgeous George.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jun 5, 2013 9:02 PM

    Sad part is that even at age 45, he is still a better QB than Ponder. Granted that bar is not set too high but it matches the performance bar for the rest of the team.

  29. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    The Vikings are “always looking for ways to improve” because they’re “always worse than the Packers.”

    “Any given sunday” is their best chance right now.

  30. raiderapologist says: Jun 5, 2013 11:57 PM

    George took a victory lap after being named guest coach.

  31. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 6, 2013 6:37 PM

    Sniff sniff. Mmm. Desperation.

  32. pakrbakr76 says: Jun 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    George would beat out Poopder for starting QB…

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