We'll get started w/ some Vikings talk here shortly. Feel free to start firing away...
In the meantime, here's a video of Josh Freeman throwing touchdown passes...
I'll take the second part: he's suffered this year under Schiano, of course. But his offensive line has also been terrible, and he's not a great passer under pressure. Most quarterbacks aren't great under pressure, but he's been notably bad.
I'll have Phil elaborate on what makes him good, because he's apparently enamored enough with the guy to post 12-minutes videos....
Ben, I think people will find Freeman's huge arm and willingness to step up and be aggressive down the field a refreshing change of pace. That said, his aggression also gets him into trouble (INTs)
Yes, that will come today.
We've got Andrew Krammer covering that, but there's been early speculation that it will be either: McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a special teams player, or.... Christian Ponder.
In short, yes. He was bordering on elite in 2010, but has regressed since then. I don't personally feel a skill like "pocket presence" gets lost overnight.
Not necessarily. He's taking a flier on Freeman. Safe to say he messed up the Ponder draft, but this is much less of a gamble.
I don't think you can say that. If Freeman flops, it could be because he was in a toxic environment for two years and never recovered. Who knows? Ponder flopping would carry a lot more weight.
What makes me scratch my head is how the Vikings could be so "thorough" with their pre-draft QB evaluations, saying Ponder profiles like Eli, Flacco, etc. They run psychological tests, skills comparisons, etc. But if you were unable to see that Ponder was NOT an alpha personality, that should have been a deal-breaking red flag, IMO.
I think the move was more about the future than "let's make the playoffs right now!" Freeman is a huge unknown commodity right now, and Cassel played extremely well in London, so you could make the case Cassel gives the Vikings the best chance to win right now. But Freeman stands a better chance of being a "franchise QB," if things work out.
Ponder has probably started his last game for the Vikings (barring injury to other QBs), yes.
Childs, the WR placed on the PUP in training camp, isn't eligible to return until after six games, the way I understand it. He's recovering from torn patellar tendons in both knees, but I haven't heard how the rehab is going. We'll certainly be checking as that eligibility window arrives.
To be honest, I'm not sure we know what Musgrave's offense is totally capable of because the Vikings have been using a QB (Ponder) who doesn't throw the ball downfield. (see: Childress/Bevell offense before Favre)
I find it interesting that the Vikings have made the playoffs 11 times since 1993 with mostly patch-work QBs
Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre......
If I were game-planning the Vikings, I certainly would. Given Freeman's apparent regression (and his downfield accuracy isn't elite, anyway), I'd make him prove he can beat me deep. No way I'd open up holes for Peterson.
Not until the Vikings "prove it" consistently over the top. I asked Herm Edwards and Darren Sharper that exact question a couple weeks ago (name dropper, I know), and they both said the same thing -- you have to MAKE defenses take a step back by burning them multiple times in a game.
I don't think so. Patterson is a weapon unlike any they had in Tampa. Kyle Rudolph is a big, physical target, too. I think if you're comparing offensive weapons: Vikings>Bucs
They need Chris Cook to be healthy, and they need Xavier Rhodes to be more of a factor in the base defense. And yeah, Josh Robinson, according to ProFootballFocus, is perhaps the worst CB in the NFL. It's not good.
Oh, and Antoine Winfield probably isn't sitting at home thinking, "Man, I'd sure like to play for that 1-3 team that cut me a few months ago.... and play for a lot less money...."