0-16 = Andrew Luck

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

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  • king6allday

    Agree 100%. We could take Luck and then package Ponder an a 2nd rounder to move back in the first round and take Blackmon or Jeffery (WR from South Carolina). Webb could stay and backup Luck.

  • tuckerbjt

    I’d hate to watch the Vikings lose 16 games in one season. I’d say the IDEAL situation would be: Ponder is actually a good quarterback, we use our early picks next year on linemen (either side, ideally offense), and we maybe bring in some cheap, young free agents to provide depth.

    I can’t comment on Luck (I havent watched a minute of college football this year….or last…or the year before that), but the Vikings REALLY need to become that team that has 8-10 draft picks every year, not the team that has 4-6.

    But, hey, if we manage to win only 1 or 2 games and we end up with Luck…I probably won’t be complaining.

  • TomSimano

    tuckerbjt, I’m with you, I have no idea about college football, maybe other than do not draft anyone from the gophers. If Ponder or Webb are progressing in practice, they should be practicing. We should not be tanking, but we really should see what a rookie can do. The difference between this time and last time with Tarvaris, is that Ponder is supposed to be ready. Tarvaris may have been fine after spending some time watching from the bench, 3 years or so, and then coming in. However, Childress was still the coach, so who knows.