Vikings opt for young quarterbacks only

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Two years ago, the Vikings’ starting quarterback was starting his 20th NFL season.  This year, the grizzled veteran of the depth chart is a converted receiver with two years under his belt.

By releasing Sage Rosenfels, the Vikings will go with Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson (whose nickname perhaps should be “the Publishing House,” since “the Law Firm” is taken . . . and also quite lame).

“We felt like [Bethel-Thompson] has tremendous upside,” coach Leslie Frazier said, via Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “So we wanted to go with him and give him an opportunity to develop, and we’ll see how it works out.”

If the Vikings had tried to slip Bethel-Thompson (pictured) through to the practice squad, someone could have claimed him on waivers.  That’s a lesson the Vikings learned the hard way five years ago, with Tyler Thigpen.

The decision to dump Rosenfels also shows that the Vikings have tremendous faith in Webb, who arrived as a wideout (after playing quarterback in college) and who in our view could be the best quarterback on the roster right now.  He’ll be the starting quarterback if Ponder gets hurt.

27 responses to “Vikings opt for young quarterbacks only

  1. They’re wasting money and a roster spot on Thompson. Nobody would have claimed him and they could have put him on the practice squad. He just ain’t any good.

  2. “That’s a lesson the Vikings learned the hard way five years ago, with Tyler Thigpen.”

    What lesson? Is Tyler Thigpen tearing up the NFL, I must have missed it.

  3. Webb is the best ATHLETE at the QB position for the Vikes. But anyone calling him the best QB, must think Tim Tebow is bound for Canton. They can run around like no body’s business, but there’s other QB skills that both are missing.

  4. This team will surprise everyone this year… anyone a franklin that they are above .500 at the half way point of the year (ps. I am a Patriots fan).

  5. The direction of Joe Webb’s small career is a really interesting scenario compared to most athletic QB’s and multiple position players stories. When a team drafts someone and downgrades from their natural position to where they see them best fitting for team needs or best position for them to have a career in this league, it’s usually ends up a boom or bust outcome at there new position. Example of boom, Josh Cribbs, and bust, Heisman winner Eric Crouch. Webb’s careers seemed like it was going to go one of these two routes but he had the chance as the Vikes said he would be a WR but decided to give him a shot to develop into a QB. Teams don’t change their minds when converting QB’s to something else; it’s unheard of.

  6. Can tell you do more writing about than watching football. To say Webb is the best QB on the roster is laughable…guy is an athlete, I’ll give him that, but can never be a polished QB. Ponder is twice the polished QB than Webb. Webb is a good change of pace QB to shock a defense with his legs.

  7. The Law Firm is actually pretty funny. I can only assume that someone from ESPN came up with it so you feel the need to dog it.
    That being said, the Publishing House is pretty awesome too.

  8. Joe Webb the best QB on the roster? Did you see him play this pre season he was terribble. As much as I want him to be starting QB he has taking a big step backwards this season.

  9. Not a big gamble….it’s pretty safe to say that their success this season wasn’t going to hinge on whether Sage Rosenfels is on the team.

  10. To all these people that think Ponder will never be great after only a handful of starts, you should get a job in the NFL. Teams would love you help them draft. Since you all know what no one else does. Your clairvoyance is amazing. The guy deserves at least one more season before judgments like that can be made.

  11. In my opinion you need a vereran behind a 2nd year starter especially when you have a coaching staff like these guys do. Les won’t survive the year

  12. I’m LMAO at everyone that is saying Ponder is more polished than Webb. I’m not saying either is better than the other but what has Ponder done so far to prove this at this point? Going by preseason games? I guess we should have kept TJack if we were going to go with preseason success.

    IMO Ponder has more upside at QB than Webb. I will say that. However, to say he is more polished is nothing but speculation at this time. Sorry but keeping it real. In fact during the season last year Webb was the one that played better than Ponder. I’m not saying he is better. Just saying he played better last year. That being said, how has Ponder proven to be more polished?

  13. Florio hedged his comments about Webb vs. Ponder with the word “Could”. MF didn’t get here by being ignorant.

    Ponder is slightly underrated currently. He did not turn out to be a Cam Newton, but nor did he turn out to be a JaMarcus “Rodiene”. The kid has extremely talented inconsistency. If it takes two more years he ought to get it but won’t. He is, or can be a quality NFL QB. How about giving him some help, at least as much as Favre got in the Saints game when he was literally destroyed.

    Does anyone remember Pep without Moss? He couldn’t hit the wide side of a fat man with the ball from 10-yards away. Ponder, when protected, is very accurate.

    McBLT amazed me in the 4th preseason game. He was pumped and over-threw targets too many times but the guy is someone to watch. I agree with the QB lineup. Were the Vikes SB Bound anyway this year?

    Webb had a really tough PS. He looked lost. He will settle down to whoever he is, but I will take a reasoned pocket passer type over a 10-game Vick type every time.

  14. Webb is a great athlete who can run te football well buy he is probably the worst QB on the roster, and ha definitely been the worst QB in the preseason.

    The only reason they have hung on to him is because he and Fraiser are pals, otherwise I’m pretty sure Rosenfels would have been retained, because unlike Webb Rosenfels can actually play QB.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I like Webb. He is a great athlete with loads of potential… it’s just that he has proven that he doesn’t have what it takes to play QB and they are wasting his talent keeping him at QB. They either need to move him to receiver or cut him, because keeping him at QB is a waste of a roster spot.

    Also, MBT has a rocket arm and fantastic accuracy. He is a great developmental prospect, so I was glad to see him retained. I just wish they would have kept Sage too.

  15. applecool1981 says:
    Sep 3, 2012 5:36 AM
    Teams don’t change their minds when converting QB’s to something else; it’s unheard of.

    RICH GANNON was told he had to switch,

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