It’s over folks. The notion of having a good season is out the door. Donovan McNabb has been a terribly inaccurate both in throwing passes and holding onto leads. Bill Musgrave’s play-calling has been mundane and predictable. Leslie Frazier needs another 12 games of growing pains as a first year head coach (the joke is on me thinking he was legit with a punchers chance of making the playoffs). Time to throw in the towel.
Therefore, if Zygi Wilf were wise he’d go into Frazier’s office (or call Frazier into his office if you may) and say “I don’t care to win a game this year. Detroit went 0-16 in 2008 and look at them now.”
Andrew Luck is that good. He’s the prototypical quarterback prospect having the finest of footwork, mechanics, release point, accuracy, ability to read a defense and leadership skills. No GM is going to risk passing on him or trading the pick away.
It may not be fair to Christian Ponder to already mention another young QB, however Luck would have gone number one in last years draft and is all but certain to go number one in 2012. Not even Peyton Manning was the consensus overall pick two years in a row. Looking at the #1 overall picks in the past decade that play QB you have Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer and Michael Vick. Chances are Luck is going to be pretty good.
Even if this team goes .500 the rest of the way – which is an absurd notion given how tough the NFC North is – we’re looking at a 6-10 season. That’s 2010 Vikings bad. Or Brad Childress first year bad. It’s time to focus on the 2012 Vikings, see what we have in Ponder and if he doesn’t win enough games to get out of the cellar a once in a generation talent awaits.
Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig