Alright, when it comes to the issue of QB, at the very least we can agree to disagree. Over the past months there have been hundreds of articles about what the Vikings should do at QB. For me and almost everyone else I think the strategy is this: pick up a veteran, draft somebody and give Joe Webb a shot. Now I know all your arguments about Webb, personally I will defend him, he's not ready to start next year, but I think he gave enough effort that he earned a chance to develop.
As for the other two areas, the free agent market for QB is terrible. Terrible. If we "draft a veteran to teach a rookie and Webb" who's it gonna be? The players on the market right now have mostly been career backups, what are they going to "teach" anyone? How not to be a franchise QB? Aside from Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasslebeck and potentially Carson Palmer, the rest are absolute garbage who haven't even played a full season. (I'm aware I didn't include Vince Young with the other 3).If I have to choose, give me Palmer. I'm not convinced Palmer is over the hill, maybe all he needs is a rebirth, a fresh start. Wouldn't we love to be on the receiving end of that? The way things are looking right now, (assuming there is a season) we are going to have to do the best with what there is to offer. The harsh truth is this probably isn't our year, obviously the goal is to win as many games as possible still but, to quote the cliche "we are rebuilding." There are more than a few fixes to make a run.
The draft picks are all a gamble, I wouldn't guarantee any of the top 10 QB are franchise material. None are worth trading up for. If Cam Newton is open at 12 though, I say we take him, even if he can't play QB, the guy is a freak of nature. But we all know somebody's going to blow a pick on him long before then. As for the other picks, I'm sure not getting the Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco or Mark Sanchez vibe, not even the Sam Bradford or Matthew Stafford vibe from any of them. My personal choice would be Andy Dalton. Why? Hands down a 2nd round pick, I believe we could trade down to pick him up later in the 2nd, saving our first pick for another hole in the team (think WR OL DL DB). I saw quite a bit of Dalton's play his junior and senior years and while I don't think he is ready to be a starter for a year or two, I think he has some potential with the right coaching and mentoring. He is a good short to intermediate length passer, great timing and above average accuracy, obviously doesn't have a huge arm but the other issues (primary shotgun QB) can be fixed. Sure, he didn't have the best combine but that sure hasn't changed anyone's mind about Newton.
The fact is Vikings fans, we have left the QB question unsolved for too long, there should have been real work in that area before, and especially during the Brett Farve seasons. We sold the farm last year on buying a championship and it failed. As much as I hate to say it, in all likelihood it will take some time, and the way things are shaping up, it could be a bitter journey.
UPDATE 3/11: I've given some more arguments for Dalton in the comments below. As said the situation I would like is Palmer, Dalton and Webb. The depth chart most likely Palmer, Webb, and Dalton for this year anyway. I don't see Palmer as a fix, more of a transition until we can develop Dalton or Webb, or something better comes along.
As for Webb, no matter what I think a wildcat with him, AP, Harvin, Gerhart and Rice could be lethal. I don't believe in making Joe Webb a WR, give him his shot at QB. If we want to dream, think of a wildcat with Joe Webb, Cam Newton, Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson. I would be perfectly happy with an average veteran player under center if we could pull of THAT, but I know it would be a miracle.
As I said, my original intent was for this to be an article focusing on what we can do this coming season to solve our problems, not really a long term look. I'm aware I detracted somewhat.
Here we go again, another poll on the QB question. With rough seas ahead what is the best plan out there? Specify why in the forum.
Cam Newton Bandwagon, by some miracle he is available @ 12 (3 votes)
Mallet, Stanzi, Kaepernick, Gabbert, Ponder, Mallet, Locker, Dalton (specify in comments) (28 votes)
Hasslebeck (2 votes)
McNabb (2 votes)
Young (7 votes)
Palmer (12 votes)
Let Joe Webb take the reins (17 votes)
Other (specify in comments) (3 votes)
74 total votes