So, it looks like the ancient one is coming to Minnesota. The bearded man will come into camp as the starter; he will work with the younger ones, Joe Webb and Christian Ponder. He will be introduced to the thunderous roars and that obnoxious Vikings horn as the the team plays its final season in the Metrodome … He might even help the Vikings win a couple of games next season …
Wait a minute, haven’t we been here?
No the ancient one isn’t Brett Favre … it’s Donovan McNabb, the former Philadelphia Eagle via Washington Redskins. It appears that though the logistics for him signing with the Vikings are still being worked out. All McNabb has to do is sign his name to the bottom like, get over his seeming hurt feelings and get on a plane to the Twin Cities.
At least he doesn’t have to be escorted to the state of 10,000 lakes by Vikings players and clearly he won’t be met personally at the airport by the head coach and driven to team facilities.
No, McNabb will arrive quietly, hold a press conference and get to work. That’s a good thing for the Vikings as the rudderless ship trying to find its way to Los Angeles plays its lame duck season in Minnesota.
So, what does this mean for the Packers, Lions, and Bears? Well, it means that the Vikings will, at least on the face, have a quarterback who could help the team win … in the short-term. But it also means that the long-term success for the Vikings is only delayed. If Joe Webb or more importantly, Christian Ponder, are to be the faces of the Vikings, the signing of McNabb only slows the inevitable.
Did the Vikes sign McNabb so they have a shot at the Super Bowl? Probably not. They bring in the grizzled vet with hope he will teach the youngsters a thing or two and to provide the team some stability and respectability.
What it means for the Packers, Bears and Lions is that they better be prepared when they play the Vikings. Though McNabb is a shadow of his former self, he’s the type of quarterback who can take over a game if the opposing defense is lulled to sleep and thinking all they have to do is show up to win.
The Vikings have gone on a steep downhill ride since Brett Favre threw that interception in the NFC championship two seasons ago and it doesn’t seem they will be on the rise anytime soon.
However, with McNabb in their camp, it at least gives them a weapon that could make a difference.
For the Packers, Bears and Lions, McNabb will bring a presence they need to respect … or they will get beat.
That is if McNabb actually signs …