February 11, 2014 10:00 am CST
With Josh Freeman a free agent, and Matt Cassel voiding his contract last week, the Minnesota Vikings are down to just one quarterback on the roster…Christian Ponder. While they may still try and resign either Freeman or Cassel, the Vikings are in an unenviable position when it comes to quarterback. They could try and go after one of the free agent quarterbacks, although it is a really weak group, or they could draft a quarterback and start him right away. That did not end up going that well with Christian Ponder, although admittedly the Vikings did stretch with that pick.
While I still believe Ponder could be a good game manager, that is not what the Vikings need in a quarterback. The Vikings need a quarterback that can be a leader on the field and that the other players can trust to lead them. Are any of the rookies or free agents that man? That remains to be seen. Some fans believe that a rookie is the way to go. Whether that is Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, or Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings should be looking at some key skills
Whoever the Vikings quarterback is in 2014, he needs to have a pocket presence. That is probably the biggest thing that the Vikings were missing in 2013. None of the three quarterbacks that the Vikings started in 2013 showed much poise in the pocket. Matt Cassel showed the most, but even he looked flustered at times when the offensive line would breakdown. Freeman, Cassel, and Ponder were all unable to lead the Vikings to victory late in games. Unless the Vikings bolster their line, whoever becomes the starting QB in Minnesota will struggle with a strong pocket presence.
The Vikings will also be looking for an accurate quarterback. In 2013 the Vikings trio of quarterbacks threw 19 interceptions and completed just 59.5 percent of their passes. If they hope to improve upon those numbers at all, whoever they decide will be the stater will need to have very good decision making as well as a very accurate arm.
The Vikings are a looking for a quarterback to be around for a long time. Not since the days of Tommy Krammer have the Vikings had a franchise quarterback. Fans have been hoping that they would eventually draft one, and maybe 2014 is the year. What skills would you like to see in the Vikings 2014 starting quarterback?