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Webb shows he belongs

Posted on: December 29, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: December 29, 2010 9:03 am
 
J. Webb had an impressive showing for Minnesota vs. Philadelphia (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We all acknowledge that it’s been a strange, strange season for the Vikings (can we classify this as a Jerry Garcia-type year, please?).

The Brett Favre saga, the Brad Childress saga, the Randy Moss experiment and ultimate failure, the Metrodome roof collapsing, and the Tuesday night football game all have made this a (not-so-good) year to remember for Minnesota fans.

And while QB Joe Webb’s performance won’t rank that highly on the chart of weirdness for 2010, his impressive play in the team’s 24-14 win against the Eagles shouldn’t go overlooked.

In case you need a refresher, Webb – whose real first name is Tawhidul (I somehow missed that fact this season) – had a standout career as a QB at Alabama-Birmingham. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, and he worked out for scouts as a WR. Essentially, hardly anybody expected Webb to play QB in the NFL.

The fact he was chosen in the sixth round by the Vikings wasn’t a great sign either, because sixth round picks have a tough enough time making the team in the first place.

But Webb played well enough in training camp to convince Childress to leave him at QB – he actually beat out Sage Rosenfels for the No. 3 QB job – and after backing up Favre and Tarvaris Jackson all season, Webb took his first snaps in Week 14 and 15. He looked exactly like a sixth-round pick who wasn’t supposed to be a QB.

Yet, on Tuesday, Webb played like a professional, completing 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards while rushing six times for 31 yards and a touchdown to lead Minnesota to the upset.

"I just let my instincts take over," Webb told reporters, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I sensed the pressure, but I didn't focus on it. I stayed in the pocket and focused on the throw."

Perhaps none were bigger than his 28-yard pass to WR Percy Harvin on a third-and-11 midway through the fourth quarter that kept alive a drive that eventually led to the Vikings sealing the game with a one-yard TD run by Adrian Peterson. Considering the Eagles had scored a TD of their own at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the Vikings lead to three points, the drive led by Webb was particularly important.

Said coach Leslie Frazier: "That's a huge play under a lot of pressure against a very good defense, for him to step up in the pocket and make that (3rd-and-11) throw. That's a heckuva play, and one you look at and you say, 'This guy has a chance.'"

Also from Frazier - who, by the way, said Favre would start in Week 17 if he was healthy (does this make sense to anybody?): “It'd be hard for me to say that I knew that Joe would play at such a high level so consistently.”

Did anybody?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Webb shows he belongs

A guy plays one game and "Shows he Belongs"???
ANY player must prove they can lead and handle the stress of the game for much more than one game to prove they "BELONG" to others ... get real.

"Played like a professional"???
aren't they all supposed to play like professionals? Being a "professional" on and off the field is exactly what makes New England especially successful ... Professionalism leads to doing the job well, and in the NFL this equals wins ... IF everyone played as professionals instead of all the legal battles and troublesome camera moments ... there might be more parity ... wouldn't that be nice ...


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