Brian Westbrook Makes Slightly More Sense for the Vikings Than LaDainian Tomlinson

It’s been a rough week to be a former Pro-Bowl running back.

First the Chargers said goodbye to one-time MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, leading to lots of tears and speculation on where LT would wind up next.  Then, just a day later, the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with Brian Westbrook, who will forever be remembered by Vikings fans as the guy whose long TD run knocked us out of the playoffs.

The LT speculation almost immediately centered around the Vikings, but in my estimation, such speculation is silly as LT is just not the right guy for our situation.

Brian Westbrook is a slightly different story.

Because Westbrook is a Philly guy, and Brad Childress is a Philly guy, the Vikings became Team A in all discussion of where Westbrook might end up next season.  Whether Chilly really wants Westbrook is unknown, but given his track record of pursuing former Eagles, it makes sense to at least raise the possibility.

But does Westbrook really make sense for the Vikings?  If the Purple were to lose Chester Taylor to free agency, could Westbrook step in as the new third-down back?

He knows the system – that’s good.  He tends to suffer concussions – that’s bad.

The physical thing is really the main worry.  Because, were Westbrook to come in, he would not only be our third-down back, he’d be our #2 running back, making him the guy who would have to start if Adrian Peterson were to get hurt.  It’s the same issue I have with LT:  I don’t want a #2 back who is a physical question mark, especially given AD’s reckless running style and fumbling tendencies.

And what if Westbrook himself got hurt, as he seems to every season?  Then AD would have to be our third-down back, and we know how inadequate he is at certain skills related to that particular role, especially blocking.

The only really attractive thing about Westbrook is, if he were able to stay healthy, he still has pretty dynamic receiving and tackle-dodging skills.  It’s hard not to drool at the thought of a refreshed and healthy Westbrook teaming with our other weapons.

The drool factor plus Chilly’s history with Eagles guys plus Westbrook’s familiarity with the system make him, in my mind, a marginally better option than LT.  But, as far as I’m concerned, the main focus should be getting Chester Taylor signed, so this whole running back thing never becomes an issue.

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  • Mike

    Now I am hearing Chester might be back because they don’t think anyone will be offering big money this free agency.

    But I don’t think I would agree with Danzinki that Westbrook would necessarily have to be our main RB if AD missed time. I don’t see any problem playing Albert Young, a hard runner, on first and second downs.

  • FavreH8R

    I think the Vikings should think about getting a real QB in lieu of the choker and or TJax or Seth if the Vikings are going to be a real competitor for the SB.

  • PackerH8R

    The Vikings will have a real QB. I am confidant Favre is coming back.

  • SH28

    Favre will be on the tonight show March 4 – a good time to announce his return.

  • Allday 28

    Its been forever since ive posted on here because well we all know how danzi seems anti Vikings a majority of the time, but for all the true Vikings fans here is a lil insider info that we are working on a trade with the Chargers to bring Antonio Cromartie to the Viks

  • Jim

    hahahahaah @ joe. Danzinski pulled out his butt plug

  • SH28

    Westbook makes much more sense than Thomas Jones. TJ and Favre hate each other as much as AD and Favre love each other.

  • rockmick

    Westbrook to interview with staff? My fav # 2 RB Chester Taylor is gone to Chicago (bad move divisionally)