Jeff George Deja Vu

It’s become a yearly tradition for the Vikings:  They fill their roster with useless QBs, a bunch of them get hurt and/or are ineffective, Jeff George sees this, calls his buddy Paul Allen and asks him to “gauge the team’s interest in him,” the team says it has no interest in an old, slow, occasionally-abrasive quarterback and we all move on.

Of course, the team’s total disinterest in signing him doesn’t stop the 39-year-old George from trying.  Here’s what he told the Pioneer-Press:

I know they’re banged up. But with a running back like Adrian Peterson, I would be licking my chops. With that running back, you need someone who can throw that deep ball, and I know I still can. I don’t care about the talent at receiver.

Woah, Jeff – settle down boy.  Yeah, we bet you can still throw the deep ball too – but not caring about the talent at receiver?  What are you saying Jeff, that you’re good enough to take any old mooks and make them look like Pro-Bowlers?  Hate to break it to you Jeffy, but even when you were good, you were never that good.

When we had you in Minnesota Jeff, you had guys to throw to named Cris Carter and Randy Moss – which might have had something to do with your success here.  I seriously doubt you’d be able to duplicate those results with nothing but Bobby Wade, Sydney Rice and Troy Williamson out there.  And frankly, given your total immobility, I don’t know how long you’d last with softies McKinnie and Cook trying to block for you.

Yeah, I know – the quick-release.  Ball’s out before the rush gets there.  Jeff George flinging bombs.  It’s a nice fantasy – and if Jeff were ten years younger, I might actually believe it could come true.

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  • Jay Ambrose

    Why not let Jeff George come in and take some reps.  It would not hurt to have him as 2 or 3 on depth chart.  These guys at this level always have 1 more year in them.  Look at Montana at KC.  Plunket with Raiders. Elway with Broncos Williams with Redskins.  I think he would do well.  Great arm and able to read NFL Defenses.  Alot better than taking a knee in 4th quarter against the Falcons in NFC CHamp. Game.  JAY  Vikings fan since 1969.

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  • Chuck

    Your Funny lol, But seriously, That game was the Most Heart breaking game I ever watched… I do remember them taking a knee at the end of the half instead of tosssing it up to Randy,  He was being covered fairly well by Phillip Buchanan, But I think they could have gotten it to him on that drive close enough to get at least a field goal instead of kneeling on it…
    Looking forward to Better things soon

  • Mike

    Considering the quality of the Vikings QBs, Jeff George probably sees an opportunity, but how quickly Jay forgets:  On October 30, 2007, during Mike and Mike in the Morning, Michael Kim in a Sports Center update reported that (Jeff) George was interested in making another comeback, this time with the Minnesota Vikings, a team where he once had some success.  Unfortunately Vikings head coach Brad Childress literally laughed out loud at the notion of the 39 year old quarterback returning to the team. (Wikipedia)  Jeff George hasn’t played a game since 2001 and went 1-6 in 2000 and 2001.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Jay, I’m also a longtime Vikes fan, actually one less year than you. The three biggest dissapointments in Vikings history were #1). Losing to the underdog Falcons in the NFC championship, and i agree with your analysis- way too conservative, c’mon 35 points a game all season long, and we can’t figure out a mediocre defense like Atlanta? #2). Losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs at the old Metropolitan stadium when Rodger Staubach threw a Hail-Mary pass on fourth down and 23 at about midfield. We had one guy back, covering Drew Pierson, whom i still believe got away with a push off on conerback Nate Wright, never the less, Dallas smoked Miami in the Super Bowl that year 24-0, and the Vikings were the better team. Finally, #3). The loss to the Redskins in the NFC Championship 17-10 in a nail-biter. We almost tied it at the end, but RB-Darren Nelson dropped Wade Wilson’s pass at the goal line on fourth down. The Vikings awesome defense played as well as they could, even Doug Williams stats were’nt that good. Of course, nothing was more humiliating than the 40-0 shellacking in the NFC Championship game to Kerry Collins and the New York Giants, thanks to our most overrated coach in history Dennis Green and overrated QB- Daunte Culpepper(aka-butterfingers). Now we’re stuck with Childress.   

  • Mike

    Come on guys, let’s focus on winning the super bowl this year.  We need to pressure Chilly to get a proven starter-caliber QB, good right tackle, vet possession WR and decent fullback.  It doesn’t appear like the Vikings are trying very hard even though they admitted these needs at the start of the year.  When we renewed our Viking tickets we told them we are giving them one more year.