"Over the years, I’ve sometimes seemed to force some throws in third-down situations, where you can check it down or trust the back to go out and get the yards. Brad is very good at hitting the checkdowns and playing it safer…Playing behind Brad might get me to calm down a little bit and make better decisions on the field."
Doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, does it? That’s Mike McMahon, quoted yesterday in a story by Star Tribune Vikings beat writers Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad.
Mike McMahon. If I recall correctly, the highlight of his career was coming off the Detroit Lions bench and beating the Vikings. Don’t get too excited. We always get beaten by shitty second- and third-string quarterbacks. Remember when the Bears Chad Hutchinson picked us apart? Yeah.
So count me as underwhelmed with the signing of McMahon. All the guy has done is lose. He went 2-5 as a starter last year with a 55.2 quarterback rating, throwing eight interceptions and five touchdowns.
Here’s hoping the 37 year old Brad Johnson has been diligently keeping himself in superb shape during the offseason because I’d hate to have to see us rely upon McMahon.
I would’ve been much more comfortable with former Packer Craig Nall, who signed with Buffalo, as the primary backup. Though he was a third-stringer in Green Bay, he spent five years under Brett Favre, so you gotta figure he learned something and he hasn’t had his confidence destroyed the way McMahon apparently has.
But we scared Nall away because rookie head coach Brad Childress told reporters that the Vikings might bundle some picks to move up and take one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. Nall had a taste of that in Green Bay, so he scampered off to Buffalo for a promotion.
What happened to the Viking’s tight-lipped policy?
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