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The Spider-Webb Chronicles

A collection of "what they are saying in the press these days"...

Since Joe Webb came in to spark an amazing comeback in Detroit a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of interest in the potential of Joe Webb as a viable QBOTF. It's not just here in the little confines of the bloggosphere, but many journalists and sports news outlets have picked up on the interest that Joe Webb has attracted with his recent play, and the way that he has inspired the team to elevate their level of play and move the ball effectively when he has been in the game.

Now, I am not against Christian Ponder, or the fact that Leslie Frazier wants to start him in the season's final game against the Bears this weekend. If the guy is healthy, then so be it. He at least will have a chance to try to redeem himself after a shaky spell these past several weeks in his tenure as the starting qb of our Minnesota Vikings. I wish him luck, he will need to show that he is capable of making better decisions, handling pressure without getting happy feet, not staring down his receivers and making accurate throws from the pocket.

What ever your preference for a starting qb, the fact is that the Vikings have 2 young prospects at the quarterback position that have shown some promise. We will not be in the Andrew Luck Race anymore. I think that if we had the top draft pick, it would have been a no brainer pick that would have shut down the whole Ponder or Webb debate in it's tracks fast (no whining, Ponder fans).

The fact is that this team sucks balls and will have to face several pressing issues over the off-season. No doubt we are going to see a lot of turn over on the roster before the start of next season out of shear necessity. But I don't think we are in a bad place with Webb and Ponder currently in a place to develop as young quarterbacks on a re-building team. BE HAPPY. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE COMPETITION AT THE POSITION.

Furthermore, I think it is pretty reasonable to hope that the whole "Wide-Out Webb" experiment and that sorry-ass "Blazer-Cat" package can just get tossed aside and let the man play his natural position that he has played since high school...quarterback!!! I swear, Musgrave baffles me.

Joe Webb's latest relief effort was a raving success in Washington last weekend, however it has been a little overshadowed by the terrible injury to Adrian Peterson and Ponder's latest problem with the concussion. Thankfully that proved to be nothing much, much like the bruised hip thing. However, there has been a fair amount of press coverage which does acknowledge the obvious excitement of Webb's performance and addressing the bigger question of who might emerge as a viable starting quarterback in the near future. This is exciting.

The following is a snap-shot-smattering of what has been published in the media this last week addressing the quarterback situation of the Vikings these days. I am pulling out the bits that frame the sentiment and debate regarding the Ponder or Webb question and putting them in one place for you to love or hate.

This is what THEY are saying...

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Joe Webb: Minutes of Fame - Star-Tribune - Mark Craig http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/136349018.html

Give Joe Webb credit. Not too many NFL quarterbacks would be this understanding while being sent back to the bench four days after posting 23 points in a 26-minute relief appearance.

Three weeks ago, Webb came off the bench at Detroit after Ponder had turned the ball over four times. In 23 minutes, he ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, threw for 84 yards and a touchdown, and rallied the Vikings from a 31-14 deficit to within 1 yard of an upset.

At Washington on Saturday, Ponder suffered a concussion with the score tied 10-10. Enter SuperJoe, who ran for 34 yards and a touchdown, passed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and ended a six-game losing streak with four consecutive scoring drives.

"Thank God Christian is healthy," said Webb, referring to the fact Ponder was cleared to begin practicing on Wednesday and will start Sunday's game against the Bears at Mall of America Field.

"I just want to continue to be his support. To be his eyes on the field, to continue to give him advice when he comes to the sideline and just try to come out and get this win."

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Vikings might have found QB not named Ponder - Star-Tribune - Jim Souhan
http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/136192943.html

Webb has looked great in his past two NFL games, while playing under pressure and with a flawed offense. In limited time over the past two seasons, Webb has produced the Vikings' most impressive victory, last year at Philadelphia; their most impressive comeback, two weeks ago at Detroit; and their most clutch performance, Saturday against the Redskins.

Webb has a powerful arm. He can throw with touch, as he did on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. He avoids mistakes, having thrown no interceptions and having taken only two sacks this season. He rallies his teammates. And he is one of the most dynamic runners we've ever seen play quarterback.

"When we need him, he comes through," said tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. "He's got a track record now. As a quarterback, he's extraordinary. I think he's definitely a starting quarterback in this league..."

"If you're ever around Joe, his personality is so outgoing and infectious, he's always in a good mood, so guys expect something to happen when he goes in," Frazier said. "Some guys just have that"

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Sunday's season finale could be 2012 audition for Christian Ponder, Joe Webb
St. Paul Pioneer Press - Jeremy Fowler - http://www.twincities.com/ci_19634728

"We'll talk about a lot of things when the season is over, but I think you always want to do whatever is best for your team," Frazier said. "Right now, Christian being our starting quarterback, that's our belief."

"This is the NFL, and you always have to perform," said Ponder. "Otherwise, your job is going to be taken away....Joe is a heck of a player and has done a great job, and that is going to motivate me even more to make my job secure and try to play better."

As for Webb, he said all the right things Wednesday. He said he is focusing on how to help his team, not on whether he will get a realistic shot at starting, either in Minnesota or elsewhere.

For the record, he says, that chance will come eventually. "I try to be myself: great personality, smile, uplift other guys when they're feeling down," Webb said.

Both quarterbacks exude confidence, running back Toby Gerhart said, but in different ways. "Christian's a little more quiet, little more reserved...Joe comes in there, he's like, 'Let's go, let's make some plays.' He's kind of amped up and lifts the morale." Gerhart said.

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Vikings 33, Redskins 26: Injuries take joy out of Joe Webb-led comeback
St. Paul Pioneer Press - http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_19614928?source=pkg

The Vikings might have rediscovered their quarterback of the future in Webb, who has been sensational in relief of Ponder. Two weeks after leading a furious comeback only to fall a yard short of defeating Detroit, Webb stepped in for Ponder and led four scoring drives to snuff the Redskins.

For those scoring at home, Webb quarterbacked seven offensive series resulting in five touchdowns and one field goal before Saturday's final series. He also marched the Vikings 79 yards in the final two minutes against the Lions before getting facemasked and fumbling on the game's final play. Webb was 4 of 5 for 84 yards and two touchdowns passing and ran five times for 34 yards and a score.

JOE WEBB: Nothing but production from the backup quarterback, who is inspiring his teammates and fueling an intriguing story line entering the offseason.

CHRISTIAN PONDER: Concussion derails another start, and now he has Webb stalking him for the No. 1 job.

(Uh-oh, I smell a qb controversy).

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Vikings Rumors: QB Joe Webb Deserves a Chance to Compete with Christian Ponder
Kris Knox - National Football Authority
http://www.nationalfootballauthority.com/2011/12/by-kris-knox-nfl-writer-let-league-wide.html

After another inspired performance by backup quarterback Joe Webb, the Minnesota Vikings will have to seriously consider allowing the second-year Alabama-Birmingham product to compete with Christian Ponder for the starting job this off-season.

Judging from initial reactions, it doesn't appear that Ponder's lofty draft status will give him much of an edge come decision time. The Vikings might not have a first-round pick invested in Webb, but his performance on the field
(3 touchdowns, no interceptions, 103.7 passer rating this season) has spoken volumes.

Webb is an interesting prospect, as he combines many of the athletic attributes that have made guys like Cam Newton and Tim Tebow so popular this season with tremendous pocket presence and poise. Throw in his uncanny ability to make things happen and Webb appears to have the makings of a successful NFL quarterback, either with the Vikings or elsewhere.

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Vikings will take "hard look" at Webb after big game - Gregg Rosenthal - Pro Football Talk http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/25/vikings-will-take-hard-look-at-making-webb-quarterback-of-the-future/

Head coach Leslie Frazier sugggested that a potential alternative to Ponder is on the roster.Joe Webb looked great once again in relief of Ponder. "Some of the things [Webb] does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team, you can't ignore it," Frazier said via espn1500.com. "It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team. He's done it. He did it a season ago as well."

"Magic. He's gifted, man," receiver Pecy Harvin said. "He's one of the gifted players that you can't describe. You can't practice it. Not too many teams got quarterbacks that can do what he does."

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Notebook: Vikings will take "a real hard look" at starting Joe Webb
Tom Pellisero - 1500ESPN.com http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Notebook_Vikings_will_take_a_real_hard_look_at_starting_Joe_Webb122411

Two appearances. Two rallies. That was enough for Leslie Frazier to open the door on Saturday afternoon for the possibility of Joe Webb as the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback of the future.

"Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it," Frazier said after Webb led three touchdown drives in relief of injured Christian Ponder and the Vikings beat the Washington Redskins 33-26.

"It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team. He's done it. He did it a season ago as well." Webb threw only five passes, completing four of them for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran five times for 34 yards and another score after taking over with the Vikings trailing 13-10 and 10:40 left in the third quarter.

This, 13 days after Webb relieved Ponder at Detroit, sliced a 17-point deficit to six and had the Vikings only 1 yard from what could have been the winning touchdown. (REVENGE !!!).

"Magic. He's gifted, man," receiverPercy Harvin said. "He's one of the gifted players that you can't describe. You can't practice it. Not too many teams got quarterbacks that can do what he does." "I always had confidence and try to have great leadership so I can rally the guys around me," Webb said.

"The guys see me come in and step in the huddle with great confidence and knowing that, if we can go down and score from there, they're going to have confidence." Webb's best throw came after the Redskins drove for a tying field goal in a tough spot on third-and-10. The Redskins sent a zero blitz, leaving no safety help over the top. Harvin ran the seam against cornerback Josh Wilson, Webb heaved the ball before the rush arrived and Harvin leapt to pull down a 36-yard completion.

"Those are the big plays I've kind of been talking about all year, plays we were just kind of missing," Harvin said. "One thing about Joe is he's known for being the gunslinger. If it's a deep ball, he's going to throw the deep ball. If it's a run, he wants to run for the 80 yards. Once we knew it was zero blitz, it was no doubt in my mind that Joe was going to let it hang out."

"In clutch situations," Frazier said, "he finds ways to make plays." (that speaks volumes).

The connection with Harvin was reminiscent of Webb's start last December at Philadelphia, where he threw for 195 yards, including 7 completions for 100 yards to Harvin, in a win over the Eagles.

"I just told him, 'Man, keep making plays and leave that up to the front office." Harvin said. "He came in and even back to last year, beating the Eagles on the road, he's done a lot of good things. All he does is make plays."
(and that is the most ringing endorsement yet).

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Well, there you have it. That is just a smattering of what THEY are saying.


Now, what do YOU have to say?

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