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Why we (and the Vikings) shouldn't give up on Freeman yet

Safe to say, the season is "over" and our playoff chances are zip. Even the most optimistic fan would be reluctant to say "Well, we might still go 8-8". Freeman has shown more poise and confidence in the pocket than Ponder ever has, and we all know Cassel is not the answer.

Strictly speaking, what we've seen from Freeman against the Giants should warrant enough to give him the rest of the season to get used to our receivers and complete his knowledge of the playbook. What can it hurt? Winning games at this point would be nice, but it would also lead us out of a top draft pick. I don't want the team to tank, necessarily, but I think it would be better for the team in the long term if it happened. Freeman does have the talent and the tools to be successful. He had a boatload of overthrown passes and dropped balls against the Giants, but that can be corrected. For the most part, I blame those mistakes on his lack of chemistry with the receivers. For those who have played football before, at either the receiver or quarterback position, know that chemistry is among the most important things a WR and QB can and should have. Give Freeman the rest of the season as the starter. Let him develop his chemistry with the receivers through repetition, both in real games and in practice. This isn't about the rest of the season now; it is about the future of this team and the direction they go in after this season is over. Freeman needs the rest of the season to try to prove himself, to prove that he is worth an extension, to prove that he should be the starter. If we go the rest of the season and he fails to improve or impress, then he can be let go at no cost to the team.

If he does fail, then it would be safe to say the Vikings will be picking in the top 3, possibly at #1, in next year's draft. This will be a good place to start in improving the team. I have no doubt there will be a new coaching staff next year, possibly even before next weekend, and having a top pick in the draft will be helpful for a new coach and a new offensive system. Despite the performance of the team so far this year, the Vikings are a talented team, and not just at running back. They have young, promising players all over the field, however, they need time (and good coaching) to develop properly. This can be remedied next year quite easily, as long as the wrong coaches aren't hired (again).

If Freeman performs well during the last few games or possibly even after next week, then the Vikings will have a young quarterback that they can stick to for another year or longer, while drafting a quarterback in the 2nd or 3rd round in the draft next year. Hopefully in this scenario, it will be a defensive player that is the BPA when the Vikings pick sometime in the top 5.

I think this is all reasonable, and is probably the best course of action the team can go in, given the current situation. If anyone has a different opinion though, post it in a comment so we can all laugh at it, bauhahahha (just kidding, but do post it if you have a different opinion!)

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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