Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) gets set during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

La Canfora’s Gut Says Josh McCown Lands With Vikings


How reliable is Jason La Canfora’s gut as an predictor of where free agent quarterbacks will end up?

I guess we’ll find out. La Canfora, who usually makes his living breaking stories and dishing insider dirt, has put on his speculation hat and made his best guesses about where this year’s crop of free agent QBs will land.

Bad news Adrian Peterson: La Canfora says the Vikings will wind up with Josh McCown:

McCown was outstanding in Chicago last season and he has plenty of suitors after the Bears paid (I’d say grossly overpaid) to keep Jay Cutler. Going from one quarterback whisperer — Marc Trestman — to another (Norv Turner) makes a ton of sense, and the Vikings have some emerging talent on offense and McCown already knows the division quite well. The Vikings saw the best of him up close last season, and he is looking for a place to play quickly. With Matt Cassel opting out of his deal and very likely to explore other options in free agency, and Christian Ponder just a guy at this point, this would be a great spot for McCown. He is accustomed to playing in the cold. He will be willing to be very patient to find the best spot to advance his career. I like this fit. (Is there a spot for long-time Turner-guy Charlie Whitehurst in Minnesota as well?). McCown knows new Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith some from their time together in Chicago as well, and that’s also a natural landing spot for him, though I’m going to follow my gut and slot him to the Vikings.

McCown’s ability to throw the ball up and let Alshon Jeffery catch it against weak Chris Cook coverage was very very impressive last year.

And yes, McCown has played in the cold, which will help him not wig out when it drops well below zero outside at TCF Bank Stadium.

The best thing about McCown? He is not Christian Ponder.

McCown is not the sexiest guy on the free agent list, but he could be a decent, practical, relatively inexpensive bridge QB option for a year or two.

McCown would look even better if you also added a viable prospect through the draft. The presence of McCown would mean you would not have to rush your draft pick onto the field.

On the other hand, it’s always a little dangerous projecting the future performance of backups who had themselves a nice little run.

Matt Flynn had a nice little run with the Packers, and he’s still Matt Flynn.

It comes down to this: Would you rather have the backup who showed a recent flash, or the former star who is looking to put it back together?

That’s what McCown v. Vick basically boils down to. McCown v. Sanchez, same thing.

La Canfora’s gut says it will be McCown. We’ll hold him to this.

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  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Another shitty qb in mn wow wi vikings ever get a reAl qb bad choice. I hope this prediction fails

    • Ken Tomlin

      It’s better than Sanchez or Vick, not much better, but at least it’d be about the same as Cassel ( who is still my #1 choice in FA ). Let’s be honest, this years group of FA QB’s doesn’t excite anyone! So, unless some QB gets released cuz of cap reasons we weren’t expecting, this is the hand we’ve been dealt! Unless, you want to try to trade for a backup off some other team ( not opposed to that either), then our options are pretty limited right now. I really don’t think any of this years draft class is ready to start day one. I know others out there will disagree, but there is no “Luck” this yr! Guess we’ll find out what’s going to happen in about 4 days! Lol! SKOL VIKINGS!!

    • manbearpig01

      The list of free agent QBs this offseason is pathetic. Great AVAILABLE QBs don’t grow on trees. McCown would be nothing more than a stop-gap option as they try to develop a young talent out of the draft through Norv Turner.

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Trade for mallet or do what u gotta do to get manziel

  • Andy

    Someone like McCown or Cassel is about all one can hope for this offseason, assuming the top three don’t fall to where the Vikings are picking. They have too many needs to package a bunch of picks to move up and anything beyond Bridgewater, Bortles and Manziel seem to be seen by most as reaches in the top of the first round. My personal preference for this team’s approach this offseason would be a McCown-like stopgap QB, a 2nd or 3rd Rd. QB (Mettenberger, Garropolo, McCarren — or a trade for someone like Mallett or Cousins using that 2nd or 3rd rounder) and another young QB either late in the draft or as a priority free agent. I want them to use the #8 pick on the best defensive player they can get, preferably Kahlil Mack or Justin Gilbert. Too many holes to reach with a pick this high. Just my opinion.

    • 3kolu

      Absolutely! I’d like to go impact defensive player in the first 3 rounds at the very least depending
      on what we do in free agency, and acquiring Mallett would allow us to that.

    • Ken Tomlin

      Your opinion is the way most of us feel! Since we just signed Cassel, looks like LaConfora’s gut was just constipated!! Lol!! Couldn’t resist!! Still would like to see them trade for Mallett, then draft a QB RD’s 2-4? Would give us even more options, and if nothing else someone we could use as trade bait at a later time. What do you all think?

  • 3kolu

    It does seem like a decent fit. If he can keep up the momentum, he’d be a great acquisition for the Vikings. This would allow us to be patient in acquiring a QB through the draft, free agency or via trade.

  • Andy

    I’m a huge believer in taking a QB at some point during the draft almost every year, if not every year. Best case scenario, 1 in 1000 times, maybe you get the next Tom Brady in round six. Worst scenario, you continually shuffle in new competition for the third job and potential starters. Most likely scenario, the QB position remains the most important in the game and thus the one spot where you occasionally might see a team give up a couple draft picks to acquire your backup. I just think it makes a ton of sense to keep cycling this position, even when you’ve got a solid guy as your starter.

  • 3kolu

    So much for La Canfora’s gut feeling, its A Cassel signing.