You wouldn't hand your Uncle Ed a baton and have him stand up in front of the New York Philharmonic. You wouldn't stick a Kia engine under the hood of a Mercedes. And you surely wouldn't short-change or cut corners with an NFL team worth of Super Bowl aspirations, chintzing by with also-rans or haven't-yets at quarterback. At least not if you could help it, right?
It's one thing to say fans of the Minnesota Vikings are a little agitated, a tad uncomfortable and way unimpressed with options No. 1 and 1A at the QB position as the team's offseason program begins this week. It will be quite another thing if other players in their locker room start to think and feel that way.
And make no mistake, the unrest among the loyalists already is profound, with much of the criticism focusing on head coach
The last suggestion that the Vikings consider trading running back
It isn't just the fans, either. Former Ravens head coach-turned-TV-analyst
"I think with legitimate quarterback play, the Minnesota Vikings shoot to the top of everybody's pick. With that running game, with the run defense they have . . . with consistency and productivity at the quarterback position, that's a pretty attractive combination.''
So can Rosenfels be that guy? Billick's response wasn't exactly
The guys manning the oars might not like it, either. There were indications last season, cracks and fissures in their public front, of player frustration with the switch from Jackson to Frerotte and back and with the play at times of both. Some of it was normal and expected and easily dismissed. Some of it, though, was pointed, springing from within a team that seemed at cross-purposes.
Remember, the Vikings spent vast sums on players prior to the 2008 season. The personnel department added expensive toys such as pass rusher
Trouble is, those windows start to close almost as soon as they open, and the Vikings are moving ahead with minimal investments and assurances at quarterback but maximum ambitions nearly everywhere else. That's not to say that
Bringing fans around on Childress, Jackson or Rosenfels (before he even has taken one snap) probably is too much to ask. But the Vikings need to think about the psychology within their ranks and how the mixed message they're sending could undercut everything else. Confidence flows both ways with front offices and locker rooms. And right now, the Vikings are the New York Yankees, handing the ball in the ninth inning to some guy