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Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:28 pm
WebbBy Josh Katzowitz

Joe Webb has made a career so far of entering games when the starting quarterback is injured -- or making a spot start himself -- and impressing people enough for them to say he’s a legit NFL starting quarterback. Now, it seems as if he’s impressed his coach enough for Leslie Frazier to wonder if Webb might be the team’s quarterback of the future.

"Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it," Frazier said, via ESPN 1500. "It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team. He's done it. He did it a season ago as well.”

After rookie Christian Ponder was knocked out of Saturday’s game with a concussion, Webb led the team on three scoring drives that helped surprise Washington and knock off the Redskins, 33-26. Webb, once again, showed how he’s a double threat by completing 4 of 5 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns and rushing four times for 34 yards. Combine that with his performance vs. the Lions a few weeks ago when he replaced Ponder with the Vikings losing by 17 and nearly led the team to a comeback victory, and you can see why Frazier might be having second thoughts about his starting quarterback.

On Saturday, Webb got some help from backup Toby Gerhart, who looked good while rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries after Adrian Peterson left the game with a torn ACL. But Webb has been showing his skill since last year when we quoted Frazier saying, “It'd be hard for me to say that I knew that Joe would play at such a high level so consistently.”

In terms of his ability to impress in short bursts, this year hasn’t been any different for Webb.

"Magic. He's gifted, man," receiver Percy Harvin said. "He's one of the gifted players that you can't describe. You can't practice it. Not too many teams got quarterbacks that can do what he does."

It’s clear that Webb’s teammates, especially Harvin apparently, have great confidence in the second-year player. But it’s hard to imagine that Frazier will turn the keys of his offense over to Webb anytime soon.

Remember, Ponder was the No. 12 pick last year. He signed a four-year $10.5 million contract that was fully guaranteed, so, we’re not talking Peterson-type money here. But it’d still be unusual to give up on a first-round pick after a rocky rookie season. Especially with the lockout preventing Ponder an offseason and with Donovan McNabb taking the team’s first six starts.

But assuming Ponder is out next week with his head injury, Webb should get the chance to start the season finale. And if he makes another spiffy performance, the rumblings about giving Webb more of a chance to take Ponder’s place permanently only will increase.

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:26 pm

Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

Give the Vikings coaching staff a lot of credit for out-scheming the Redskins yesterday ... and also to Webb as he showed tremendous athletic ability and a deft touch on his passes.  He does not appear to be the type of Tom Brady QB that will pile up the stats, but he certainly could have a positive effect on winning.

He played a big part in beating my Redskins (as well as the phantom holding call on Darrel Young, sour grapes, I know).

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:39 pm

Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

It's never a problem if you have too many good QBs, the problem is when you have none. When you have too many you can just trade one of them to a quarterback starved team, like the Chiefs or Cardinals who will pay you a fortune.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:38 pm

Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

I like Webb, did last year watching him in the preseason.  As for Pounder, opps Ponder, I just do not see it.  FSU was on TV all the time and just never showed anything.  I thought the pick was a serious reach.  Now, does that mean he could not grow into a great.  No, but I just do not see it now.  The Viks rushed him in too early, he needs to sit and grow a little.  But now, he could be ruined.  Try Webb at least for the last game and then develop both and see who grows more.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:35 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:06 pm

Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

I know the Vikings are getting desperate, especially with the AP injury now, but this would be a bad move. Webb is great at doing exactly what he does, come in to be a serviceable QB, but he is not NFL starting QB material, at least not for the long run which is where the Vikings need to be looking. They have not had a long term QB since Culpepper (if you can even call him that), and these short term fixes just do not get you anywhere. Once other teams have had a chance to see Webb in action, they will plan for him and he will struggle, then you'll be right back here again lamenting why this move was made.

What the Vikings really need is new ownership who will instill a GM with good football knowledge and the final say on football matters. Their current system of working by consensus is not working and rarely has, if ever, been a good thing in the NFL. The Wilfs have tried one quick fix after another, throwing tons of $$ around, in order to get their new stadium, but that does not make a good football team.  

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:04 pm

Could Webb replace Ponder as Viking QB of future?

Webb is a great player. If he had played for an SEC school, and nearly every SEC team except Auburn would have had a better QB if they had signed Webb, he would have been a first-round pick. He deserves a legitimate shot somewhere. He needs time and coaching and support, if not with the Vikings, with a savvier organization that isn't too stubborn to give him a real chance.

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