The NFL is a passing league. Without solid, consistent play at the quarterback position, it is almost impossible for a team to have any sustained success. Consistency is the key. The Seattle Seahawks could sign Peyton Manning to a one-year deal and still not win a Super Bowl. For that reason, the Vikings are going to have trouble taking the next step if they keep bringing in temporary solutions to their problem at quarterback.
If you believe in the theory that any publicity is good publicity, the Brett Favre experiment worked wonders for the Vikings. Favre’s pathetic back-and-forth retirement game had the camera on the Vikings seemingly at all times, but left them a win short of the Super Bowl in Favre’s first year and out of the playoffs in his second. Now, Minnesota turns its attention to Donovan McNabb.
The Vikings acquired McNabb in a trade on Wednesday, effectively giving them another huge name that is well past his prime. McNabb’s time in Washington was a failure that ended in embarrassment with Mike Shanahan saying he was welcome to return to the team as a backup. His passer rating of 77.1 was the lowest since his rookie season. McNabb’s also an injury concern, having played in 15 or more games only twice in the last seven seasons.