Hey erie! nice to chat with you again and i hope all is well with you and yours.<quoted text>Hi eric, GB is clearly the best team in the league right now. I cannot believe the Vikes did not get at least one receiver with deep threat potential, with AP drawing 9 in the box at times and McNabb having a plethora of knowledge in terms of being able to exploit that scenario and make the play action work and taking advantage on the 1 v 1 match-ups, all the Vikes needed was some talent at that position to be more competitive.
Not to mention how handcuffed the defenses are these days with the new rules implemented in the past few years, the league has truly become a Vertical league. There are 5 QB,s on track right now to break Marino
's passing record, yardage wise. You have to have the personnel to take advantage these scenarios and the Vikes do not while GB has the necessary horses as wide outs. I do not blame McNabb at all but I think it is time to get a more mobile guy in there and Ponder should be able to extend plays via his mobility, maybe he can buy enuff time to complete some passes down field in one on one coverage when these D's put 9 in the box!!!!
9 in the box and Adrian still gets his yards! I ( the whole offseason) wondered when the Vikes were going to sign James Jones ( not that hes a superstar and has dropped some big spot passes,but,has also made some huge catches and he could start for many teams).Of course there were other WR but for whatever reason it just didnt work for Minnesota to land one of them.I do agree 100% a deep threat would have done wonders for Minn not only for a huge gain,but,making more room for AP to run,after all, cant line 9 guys or 8 guys when you have threats in the passing game.You cant shut down AP ( unless the opp. defense had an amazing day and the Minn passing game completely went to shit for 60 Minutes of football).As you can tell,i love AP as a running back.I can remember when Marino retired and the so called experts saying no qb will break Marino's yard record and Favre blew right past it,and Brady and Brees will as well.Peyton Manning is questionable at this point,Neck Surgery of any sort makes me worried! Nick Collins ( GB FS) is in that situation and it will be 6 months or so ( according to Dr.) to tell how long hes gone OR if he will be able to continue his NFL career....Minn is 1-5,,3 of their loses,they had 14 pt leads and lost them and a few more first downs and a few more minutes of possession of the ball and Minn defense that much fresher and they could have won all of them.POINT IS,Minn is not as far away as some would believe.YES,it sucks this year to be a viking fan,but,it will get better very quickly.IMO starting Ponder is the right thing to do.A vet like McNabb on the bench can teach the kid,help him along and Ponder can learn by playing and Minn can use a younger,more mobile qb which can help in every aspect of the offense ( which you mentioned)extending the play,giving WR more time to get open ect.Qb;s cant get hit,WR have a lot less to worry about as many hits have been outlawed and we have seen officials call penalties on many hits and fines handed out for some would consider not dirty hits,but, they were hard hits.I agree with you with GB being the best team in the NFL right now.BUT things do change quickly and you never know.07 NE was clearly the best team and NY came into the SB and beat them,so i take nothing for granted.Like ive said,Minn is closer then many think