Leading up to this year's Super Bowl there has been a little bit of Vikings' news. Hopefully later on in this week end, will hear news confirming Adrian Peterson as the league's MVP; it would truly be a travesty if it were to go any other way. I am of the opinion that he has more than proven himself to get that award as a minimum. What he did coming back from his injury is more than grounds for the Come Back player award, but I'm pretty sure Peyton Manning will get that award.
When all of us from the land of the Vikings watch this year's Super Bowl, at least we will have the pleasure of watching some former Minnesota Vikings players be part of the big game on each side of the ball. In that respect, at least the end result will be a former Viking getting a ring. As much as I still am a fan of Matt Birk, I am pulling for Randy Moss to get his.
Moss, the self proclaimed G.O.A.T, made a little news with his statement,(interestingly enough now in a S.F. uniform). I, personally do not disagree with him at all. When you look at his skills and football IQ, he is better than Jerry Rice. If you look at statistics, it obviously goes to Rice. Without a doubt not many come along that have that "it" factor, and they both have/had it; I just think Moss had more of it and natural ability. When people look at the all time great running backs; does anyone really think Emmit Smith is the G.O.A.T?
I also heard chatter of the future of Alex Smith again, as I am sure most did as well. A lot of people seem to think Smith is going to be on the Minnesota roster this off season. It does look like he will not be back in S.F. So, if he is not and the people that don't think he is going to Minnesota; where is he going to end up? I actually think Smith already has his sights set on Minnesota, and more specifically Christian Ponder's job, not the back up role; that's why he will probably leave the 49ers. After being in the play offs the past couple of years, I don't exactly think he is wanting to go somewhere like Jacksonville either.
Minnesota is likely to acquire a veteran QB and Smith is the best guy to fit the mold that the coaching staff is looking for. There are people that think that could be detrimental to the development of Ponder, but it may be exactly what Ponder needs; some real kind of competition to threaten his job and drive him to become better. Throw in the fact that he was injured his first two years and Smith is looking better and better as an insurance policy. The two are similar and we are not drafting a QB this year and Joe Webb is not going to be the number two anymore.
Ponder did finish the regular season, but couldn't make it to the post season. What if that happens again next year, or earlier? There has to be a solid back up in place, and as much as a lot of people do not like the idea; Smith is the best option. So, why would it not likely be exactly what happens? I would not be surprised at all, unless Smith takes some outrageous money from another team going nowhere fast; I think he wants to win right now and not as a back up. I believe he thinks he can take Ponder's job, and Spielman just might give him his shot.
If Spielman does work something out to bring in Smith, I think he might make a play for one or two of their players, although he may try to whatever the circumstances. S.F. has a great roster and has a few players that I doubt they will be able to keep anyway.