Tag:Joe Webb
Posted on: December 20, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Favre may play Monday night after all

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Favre
He just won’t go away. It has been assumed all week that Brett Favre will not play in Minnesota’s frigid Monday night contest against the Bears. But Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports that at midday Monday, Favre was upgraded from “out” to “questionable”. He is going to throw two-and-a-half hours before the game and see how his shoulder feels.

This means all Joe Webb fantasy owners – or perhaps, more accurately, both Joe Webb’s fantasy owners – can spend the rest of their day sitting on pins and needles. It also means the rest of us will NOT get a reprieve from the latest “Favre: will he or won’t he?” drama.
If Favre does take the field Monday night, he’ll extend his current consecutive starts streak to one.

An optimist might commend the Vikings for giving their veteran quarterback a shot at another go. A pessimist might think this is a shady trick to coax more fans into showing up at the freezing cold TCF Bank Stadium for the team’s much-talked-about primetime game.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Brett Favre likely headed for Injured Reserve

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jeff Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that Brett Favre will NOT start Monday night in Minnesota’s frigid game against the Bears. Will Carroll, aka The Injury Expert, reports that if Favre does not start, the Vikings will place him on Injured Reserve. A decision is expected to come sometime Saturday.

As you can deduce, it’s likely that Favre has already taken his final NFL snap.

With the veteran out, and Tarvaris Jackson already on IR (turf toe), the Vikings are relying on rookie Joe Webb. Journeyman Patrick Ramsey was signed as a backup for the final two weeks.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:16 am
 

Vikes ink Patrick Ramsey

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings are "optimistic" (Zygi Wilf's word, not mine) about their game in TCF Stadium this Monday, but that's not necessarily because of their quarterback situation, which is so bleak that it required them to sign Patrick Ramsey on Wednesday.

However, the Ramsey signing doesn't mean the Tulane product will get the start Sunday. According to Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Joe Webb will still get the nod if Tavaris Jackson and Brett Favre are injured.

Frazier indicated that Jackson, who's dealing with turf toe, is likely out, and Favre, who missed his 29th consecutive start Sunday, is considered an "optimistic longshot" (my words) to play Monday.

"I'm still holding out hope that things will improve for Brett," Frazier said. "He'll get another chance to have another day of work [Thursday] so hopefully he'll be able to do something. But the door is not shut on Brett playing in the Chicago game. He's improving. His injury is one where rest helps. So he's had a full week now. There's still a chance. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that we'll get Brett back."

If his shoulder won't allow him to start, he'll likely serve as the third quarterback, with the rookie Webb starting and Ramsey backing him up.

Webb got run when Jackson was injured Sunday, and while less experienced than Ramsey, he has a better knowledge of Minnesota's offensive system at this point. "Joe Webb has the most familiarity with our offense," Frazier said during his weekly KFAN appearance. "He's been with us the entire season. Although he's coming off a hamstring injury, he'd be the next candidate. The next guy [Ramsey] would have to be ready to go in if something were to happen with Joe."

In other words, Ramsey's merely an insurance policy in case Frazier's flooded house gets hit by a tornado.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:08 pm
 

An important question to answer: who's MIN's QB?

B. Favre probably won't be placed on IR, and if he's healthy enough, he could start Monday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though many of us had predicted that Brett Favre had played the final game of his career – “What would be the point?” I asked on a Hartford radio station last night – the Vikings don’t have plans to place him on the Injured Reserve list with his shoulder injury.

And actually, he could play once again this season.

But that doesn’t necessarily solve Leslie Frazier’s biggest problem: namely, who will start at quarterback this week (this doesn’t take into account that the biggest problem of all might be where the hell the team is going to play Monday).

At this point, Frazier doesn’t know about his QB position. After all, Favre’s shoulder is still hurt – and if it’s enough to end his consecutive games streak, you know he’s really, really hurt – interim starter Tarvaris Jackson is battling turf toe and third-stringer Joe Webb has a bad hamstring (it appears practice squad R.J. Archer won't be signed to the active roster).

With his options limited, Frazier told reporters the team had focused on eight free agent quarterbacks who Minnesota could sign and, ultimately, start Sunday.

"(We're) just trying to determine which guy best fits us at this stage," Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Because it's probably going to be a guy who may very well find himself playing in that Monday night ballgame. So through that list, we're just trying to determine which guy can help us."

It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Favre – whose MRI reading on his neck and shoulder today was negative (as in, positive news for him) could start. After all, no matter what you think about him, the dude is tough as hell, and if he can play, he will.

"It looks like there's a chance that we're going to be able to get him back at some point," Frazier said. "Hopefully this week. But we're optimistic that we're going to have him so we're not really thinking IR at all."

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:55 pm
 

Vikings need to look elsewhere at QB

T. Jackson did not look good in his first start since the end of the 2008 season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Tarvaris Jackson era got a reboot tonight when Brett Favre’s shoulder didn’t allow him to continue his streak of 297-straight starts.

Conventional wisdom says the Vikings – and interim and maybe future head coach Leslie Frazier – have the opportunity to see what Jackson can accomplish as the starter.

Well, to see if he can improve on his performances the last time he started for Minnesota – from 2006-08, he started 19 games and went 10-9, and for most of his career, he’s been an average quarterback. Maybe slightly better than average.

Obviously, with the way Favre played last season, the Vikings felt like they had to ride him as long as they could. But now that Favre is out – probably for the season and his career – Jackson gets another look-see.

If tonight is any indication, the Vikings – who took a 21-3 pounding from the Giants in Detroit – need to go in another direction.

The Vikings offense was absolutely brutal. RB Adrian Peterson had 14 carries for 26 measly yards. After a quality first quarter from WR Sidney Rice, he disappeared for the rest of the game. And then there was Jackson.

Before I show you the statistics, know this: the Detroit fan base, who spent minutes of its time doing the Wave and who were passionless for either squad, chanted for backup Joe Webb to replace Jackson. Face it, the rookie sixth-round pick couldn’t have done much worse.

Look at the numbers put up by Jackson: 15 for 30 for 118 yards and an interception. What does that tell you?

Late in the first quarter, Jackson took the snap and attempted to hand off to Peterson. The two instead banged knees, and a few minutes later, both hobbled off the field. In reality, there wasn’t much reason for Jackson to return. Even with a shoulder that didn’t allow Favre to throw, perhaps Favre would have been the better choice to start the game anyway.

Because at this point, if you compare the Jackson of tonight to the Jackson of two years ago, he hasn’t improved. In fact, he’s regressed.

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Tarvaris Jackson, Peterson leave game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On the day Brett Favre ended his streak of 297 consecutive games started, Tarvaris Jackson lasted less than a quarter before he had to come out of the game.

Late in the first quarter, as Jackson attempted to hand off to RB Adrian Peterson, the two banged knees and both hobbled around after getting to their feet.

QB Joe Webb, taking his first-ever NFL snap, replaced Jackson on third down and nearly connected with WR Sidney Rice on a long pass down the sideline.

Jackson and Peterson are expected to return.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Webb should be in Vikings design

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings sealed the fate of one of Minnesota’s backup quarterbacks. Somebody has to go.

Coach Brad Childress has said Tarvaris Jackson will be the No. 2 quarterback , meaning Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb will battle for the final job.

Minnesota had planned to insert Webb – a college quarterback at UAB who was drafted in the sixth round – into the receiving corps, but he surprised the coaching staff with his abilities at QB. And why not? After all, he’s the only player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

He’s been pretty good in the preseason as well, completing 12 of 21 passes for 91 yards, two TDs and zero INTs while rushing for 78 yards.

Plus, you know, Webb can jump really high (see video below). Which is pretty cool.



The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes Webb is pretty confident he has a future with the club, but he also realizes the team’s preseason game against the Broncos on Thursday is kind of a big deal.

"You can't get comfortable," Webb told the paper. "You have to continue to play your best game."

Rosenfels actually has looked very impressive this preseason, going 30 of 47 for 392 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a monster 118.4 QB rating. But let’s face it, he’s an eight-year veteran with only 32 games played and with only 12 games started, and he’s nothing more than a below-average starting quarterback. 

I expect the Vikings to release Rosenfels (or try to trade him, I suppose), but they could keep Rosenfels and try to slip Webb onto the practice squad. I wouldn’t expect him to pass through waivers, though, and then, he’d be lost to Minnesota.

And honestly, who would you rather have? Rosenfels or a guy who can jump over seven bags?

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

S. Rice could miss the first half of the season (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice had hip surgery on Monday that could sideline him for the first half of this season. This comes courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune – staff writer Judd Zulgad confirmed on the radio this morning that Rice actually underwent the surgery – and I have a few thoughts about this issue.

1) It’s been a bad two weeks for the Minnesota receivers. Percy Harvin has been suffering from debilitating migraine headaches and now the Rice news. What was once considered one of the top WR corps in the NFL has been reduced to one legit starting receiver in Bernard Berrian.

Joe Webb, who probably could play WR, is still at QB, and that leaves Greg Lewis (eight catches in 13 games last year), Taye Biddle (who was playing in the UFL last season), Marko Mitchell (four catches in 10 games last year) and a few other guys whose names you haven’t heard. Oh, and Javon Walker, who still hasn’t signed officially but actually might have a chance to make the roster .

2)
Why did Rice have the surgery now? As opposed to way earlier in the offseason?

He had a standout season last year, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, and he was a force in the playoffs. But he injured his hip in the NFC championship game, and according to the paper, he saw three hip specialists in the offseason, two of whom recommended surgery.

Rice declined to do so. Why? And how pissed is Minnesota right now?

3) Brett Favre might have to be a miracle worker this season to get the Vikings back to the NFC championship game.

UPDATE (12:24 p.m.): The Vikings have officially signed Walker .

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