In something that we've all sort of expected for quite a while, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that the job of being the backup quarterback to Christian Ponder is not going to be handed to incumbent Joe Webb in 2013. Frazier fielded some questions about the position in his Friday press conference.
How important is it organizationally to make clear your direction at (the quarterback) position?
Not only organizationally, but for our team. Our guys need to know who's the starting quarterback and how confident myself and the rest of the coaches are and kind of create some clarity for our football team as we are giving them direction about where we want to go and what we want to achieve. So, it's important to have that position solidified more so than any position as you are setting your goals for that next season. I think we're solid at the starting quarterback position and maybe do some things to make sure we're solid at the backup position. But as long as Christian keeps improving, we feel like we've got what we need to bring a quarterback to Minnesota.
How much weigh Joe Webb's performance in playoff game?
He was in a tough spot in that playoff game, not taking any snaps and not knowing for sure that he was going to end up being the starter. So, it was a tough, tough deal for him. But that position like a lot of our positions, the backup quarterback position is one we're going to create competition and try to make sure that we have the right guy in place backing up Christian if for whatever reason something happens injury-wise. But Joe understands that. He'll come back. He'll compete. He'll work as hard as he can. So will Bethel-Thompson, and if we decide to do anything else, those guys will compete for that second position.
Bring in somebody else?
Find backup QB in FA?
We're going to take a look at a bunch of different avenues and just see what's the best direction to go in and we'll continue to talk about it over the next few weeks.
We've all thought for a while now that the Vikings would be bringing in some players to compete for the second-string quarterback spot this off-season. That's what I'm getting out of what Frazier said here, anyway. Sure, he might have mentioned McLeod Bethel-Thompson having a shot at claiming the job, but I think that if that was the case, he would have gotten a "shot" against Green Bay in the post-season this past year.
So, it will be interesting to see just who this competition is for the #2 quarterback role and where they're going to be coming from.