Viking fans who’ve been longing to see more Joe Webb on the field in his special Blazer package…I’ve got some good news for you. On his weekly radio show Leslie Frazier strongly hinted that the Blazer, which hasn’t been seen since week 1, may be making a triumphant return Sunday against Arizona (via Darren Wolfson).
When asked about the conspicuously absent Webb-featuring Wildcat package Frazier said, “Check us out on Sunday.”
The Blazer, for those who don’t remember, was used on two plays by the Vikings in the second half of their opening day loss to the Chargers. Those two plays, a run by Webb and a run by Percy Harvin, resulted in zero net yards. Many observers griped that the introduction of the Blazer at that point in the game – right after the Vikings picked off Philip Rivers – played a big part in killing whatever momentum the the may have built up at that point.
So why bring the Blazer back now (if the Vikes are really planning on using it; there’s still a chance Frazier is trying the old smokescreen routine)? For starters, they’ve had several more weeks to work in some special plays that take advantage of Joe Webb’s multiple-threat ability. Secondly…nothing else is working, so why the hell not?
And if the Blazer creates some explosive plays on Sunday, does that mean we’ll see more of it and less of Donovan McNabb running the regular offense? I wouldn’t hold my breath for that, but you never know.