Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Two Backups for the Price of One

I’m taking a break from my team preview (I’ve already looked at the Vikings’ special teams and offense) to recommend that Brad Childress take a page from the playbook of different Hall of Fame coach than Bill Walsh. If he’s smart, he’ll notice while scouting the ‘Skins that their quarterback situation is very similar to the Vikings. They have a veteran quarterback that’s reached the “game manager” stage of their career as their established starter, a quarterback that’s bounced from back up position to back up position and a young quarterback that’s has the talent and ability to be a star but is still a year or more away.

While Childress is leaning toward installing the recently acquired Brooks Bollinger as the backup ahead of Tarvaris Jackson, Joe Gibbs has already decided what to do with future star Jason Campbell and journeyman Todd Collins—he’s making both of them the ‘Skins number two quarterback. If Brunell gets hurt during a game, Collins will go in to finish, but if Brunell’s is out for the week, Campbell will get the start, and gain valuable experience.

This is the kind of intelligent coaching that the Vikings’ have been missing. Tarvaris has established himself as the quarterback of the future, but even the biggest rube knows he isn’t yet ready to be the starting quarterback, and having a rookie as the backup quarterback on a playoff team is asking for trouble. That being said, with a week of preparation, he gives the Vikings’ a better chance to win than Bollinger does, and it gives him a chance to gain experience while practicing as the starter and in the game. If Childress is as good a coach as I think he is, he’ll see that Gibbs’ two backup system is one that fits the Vikings’ situation as well as it does the ‘Skins.

4 comments:

Ben Folsom said...

Hey TBIRD41-

I'm a Redskins blogger looking for a Vikings blogger to trade questions with before the game. You ask me 5, I ask you 5, we post each other's responses. Generates game interest and cross-traffic. If you're interested, drop me a note to the blog email or to the email in my blogger profile. Thanks!

-Ben Folsom, The Curly R
http://curlyr.blogspot.com

cheswick said...

be careful TBIRD! That skin's blogger probably just wants to ask you where Smoot bought that double donger....

TBird41 said...

My sources say he had the girls bring it with them from Atlanta. Things like that are just too hard to find in Minnesota. Not that I've looked, or anything...

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