Okay, there has been a lot of back and forth and harsh words and so forth about our quarterback, more specifically, his replacement. This is also at the heart of the "tanking" controversy that has erupted here recently.
My question is, should we go after one at all?
Now, before anyone jumps down and starts screaming "OF COURSE WE SHOULD, YOU MORON" in all caps, let me preface this by saying that if the FO believes that there is a quarterback available with our draft pick that can be the next Tarkenton/Montana/Favre/Brady/Manning, and is as close as they believe they can come to a sure thing, then by all means take him.
But if they aren't convinced about any of the QB's, then regardless of draft position, I think it might be wiser to go defense this year.
My reason for this stems mainly from looking at last year. In six games with Ponder as our starter this year, the Vikings as a whole (yes, this includes defensive and special teams touchdowns, every QB benefits from those) have scored 24, 30, 27, 31, 23, and 28 points (28 for the Redskins game because I see no reason to believe that Ponder instead of Cassel handing the ball off to AD on the one would have made any difference, but I'm not giving him any extra either.)
Looking back to last year, 23 points, which is the fewest that a Ponder-led team has scored this year, would have outright won us 7 games (SF, @Det, Ari, Ten, Chi, @STL, @Hou) and sent 3 more (Jac, @Ind, @GB) into overtime. That is insane compared to where we are this year. And remember, our defense wasn't a world-beater by any stretch last year, it was only about middle of the pack.
This year? Middle of the pack is a place we can only dream of. Our defense is averaging giving up 30+ points per game. No one save the 98 Vikings and 07 Pats are going to win consistently against that. Even Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos would have lost to that this last week, they only scored 28.
In other words I submit that QB, while a problem, is not the biggest one, and in the absence of a sure thing (or the closest thing to one a draft pick can be), trying to shore up the defense would be a better use of resources than another roll of the dice on a QB.