Thursday, August 20, 2009

Farve and the Future

There's lots of discussion up here in the northland about what Farve will or will not do for our beloved Purple. Some folks hate the move, and some love it. Put me down in the love category. Here's my rationale:

  • The Vikings' Achilles heel has been their quarterback play. Defenses stack the box to shut down our vaunted running game, and Jackson has lacked the ability to make them pay for it. We need a quarterback that can read the defense, and burn them when appropriate with a quick slant or a well-timed post pattern. Jackson has proved, time and again, that he's incapable. Farve, on the other hand, feasts on those scenarios.
  • We don't need our quarterback to carry the team. We have a running came that is more than capable of doing that. All we need is a quarterback to keep the defense honest. Hence, the pressure on Farve should be low, both literally and figuratively. He should not need to pass more than 25 times per game. That takes off a lot of pressure both mentally and on his body.
  • For the Sage Rosenfels fans out there – and there are about 3 of you – I'm sorry. But with T-Jack in the mix, there was no guarantee he was going to get the ball anyway.

For the first time in a long time, I believe we have all the pieces necessary for a championship run. Given the Vikings' history, we know it is going to be an interesting ride.

Until then, welcome to #4. We're glad you're here.

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