The Quarterback discussion thread. Its that time of the year again, the draft is over, and our favorite players are starting to shuffle around and oil up their rusty hinges. With the end of tryouts, we should have a good inkling of what the roster will likley look like. All we have right now is speculation on how our favorite teams will do, and with it brings the inevitable QB "controversy". Every team has one....every year...... no matter what.....The good teams are mostly concerned with their #2 and 3 guys on the depth chart. However when you have a QB with highs and lows resembling Rex Grossman, you are left a bit weary.Fear not though, this is not a Ponder hate thread, just one fans take. Im starting from the presumed top of the Depth Chart for easier assessment. 1. Joe Webb-QB-UAB since he finished the season as our starter its only fair to make him our starting quarterback.
Just Kidding..... 1. Christian Ponder-QB-FSU I hated the pick when we drafted him, but whats done is done. We know about the highs and lows last season brought us. He could very likley pull a Drew Brees and light teams up, but few go that route. I feel like evaluating Ponder has been beaten like a dead horse lately, so I'm going to end his section there and keep my fingers crossed for him. However I also crossed my fingers for Tjack.(buhhhh)2. Matt Cassel-QB-USC I was also never a Cassel fan either at KC or NE. I thought NE was a golden opportunity that got an average backup paid like a star. Matt had limited success in KC, due to various reasons. His numbers look better than he was played. Theres a reason why cheifs fans didnt break down when hearing of his release. He seems like your typical first read quarterback.q In a talented, well schemed offense he could be a valuable asset. However, talent-wise I dont know if we are that far apart from KC, with the exception of course being that we have the GOAT RB. 3. Mcleod John Baltazaar Bethel-Thompson-QB-Sac St. Your typical bottom of the barrel developmental guy. He played one year at UCLA before transfering to Sac.state. In four years in college, he started 23 games and had 1615 yards. Very underwhelming production. He has a cannon for a arm, but there is a reason he has been cut twice. While Tony Romo has a nice story, dont expect MBT to contribute to our organization as anything more than a practice body. 4. James Vandenberg-QB-IA Lastly he have Vandy. Theres allot to say about this kid. He was thrown to the wolves at Ohio State as a redshirt freshman, due to Ricky Stanzi being injured the previous week on a naked boot in iowas own endzone. He played about as well as he could have in regular time. However he took a sack in overtime to push Iowa out of FG range, and crushing their bid for the national championship. He sat his sophomore year behind Stanzi, and took the starting gig as a junior in 2011. As a junior at Iowa he showed allot of promise, a strong arm with multiple throws that simply wowed onlookers. He showed accuracy that even Stanzi had lacked. At the end of a steller junior year in Iowas pro style offense Vandy finished with over 3000 yards and 25TD to 7Int. Then everything went south. Between his junior and senior year he lost his #1WR, LT, RB and his offensive coordinator to the draft/transfer/firing. He then lost the top 3 RBs on the depth chart during the season. The new offensive coordinator called plays in a very Musgravish fasion. 3-14? Bubble screen to our 6-3 WR who runs a 4.9 At the end of a very disappointing season for Iowa, Vandy proved you shouldn't put a pro style QB in a spread offense his senior year, especially when your only returning a handful of starters. He finished 2012 with 2249 yards and 7TD to 8int. James remains my favorite to be the guy if Ponder ponders away this season. Well thats my take on this sicheation. As always Skol Vikings Obligatory "Suck it Marty".