Tag:Joe Webb
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:14 am
 

Favre fails another concussion test

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Favre
This is the last week we’ll spend speculating about whether Brett Favre will play or sit (at least we think…) Favre suffered a concussion in Week 15 and sat out Tuesday night’s game because he hadn’t passed his neurological test. On Wednesday, Leslie Frazier said Favre had not taken a test in “three or four days”.

However, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Favre took another baseline concussion test shortly after Frazier’s Wednesday press conference. The results of that test? Another fail.

In all likelihood, we saw Favre’s final NFL game in Minnesota’s outdoor Monday night contest against the Bears.

Joe Webb was solid if not spectacular in his debut start against the Eagles Tuesday night. If Favre is unable to go, the sixth-round rookie will get a crack at an encore performance this Sunday against the Lions.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: December 29, 2010 9:03 am
 

Webb shows he belongs

J. Webb had an impressive showing for Minnesota vs. Philadelphia (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We all acknowledge that it’s been a strange, strange season for the Vikings (can we classify this as a Jerry Garcia-type year, please?).

The Brett Favre saga, the Brad Childress saga, the Randy Moss experiment and ultimate failure, the Metrodome roof collapsing, and the Tuesday night football game all have made this a (not-so-good) year to remember for Minnesota fans.

And while QB Joe Webb’s performance won’t rank that highly on the chart of weirdness for 2010, his impressive play in the team’s 24-14 win against the Eagles shouldn’t go overlooked.

In case you need a refresher, Webb – whose real first name is Tawhidul (I somehow missed that fact this season) – had a standout career as a QB at Alabama-Birmingham. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, and he worked out for scouts as a WR. Essentially, hardly anybody expected Webb to play QB in the NFL.

The fact he was chosen in the sixth round by the Vikings wasn’t a great sign either, because sixth round picks have a tough enough time making the team in the first place.

But Webb played well enough in training camp to convince Childress to leave him at QB – he actually beat out Sage Rosenfels for the No. 3 QB job – and after backing up Favre and Tarvaris Jackson all season, Webb took his first snaps in Week 14 and 15. He looked exactly like a sixth-round pick who wasn’t supposed to be a QB.

Yet, on Tuesday, Webb played like a professional, completing 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards while rushing six times for 31 yards and a touchdown to lead Minnesota to the upset.

"I just let my instincts take over," Webb told reporters, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I sensed the pressure, but I didn't focus on it. I stayed in the pocket and focused on the throw."

Perhaps none were bigger than his 28-yard pass to WR Percy Harvin on a third-and-11 midway through the fourth quarter that kept alive a drive that eventually led to the Vikings sealing the game with a one-yard TD run by Adrian Peterson. Considering the Eagles had scored a TD of their own at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the Vikings lead to three points, the drive led by Webb was particularly important.

Said coach Leslie Frazier: "That's a huge play under a lot of pressure against a very good defense, for him to step up in the pocket and make that (3rd-and-11) throw. That's a heckuva play, and one you look at and you say, 'This guy has a chance.'"

Also from Frazier - who, by the way, said Favre would start in Week 17 if he was healthy (does this make sense to anybody?): “It'd be hard for me to say that I knew that Joe would play at such a high level so consistently.”

Did anybody?

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 5:16 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Brett Favre inactive against the Eagles

Posted by Andy Benoit

This time, we can be sure that Brett Favre won’t emerge out of the depths of the injury list and suddenly start for the Vikings in primetime. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that Favre will indeed be inactive for Tuesday night’s game against the Eagles.

This announcement was expected after Leslie Frazier said on Monday that the veteran quarterback had not passed his concussion test. Rookie Joe Webb will get the start. Patrick Ramsey is the backup.

As for Favre, the discussion for the next five days will be whether last Monday night’s game was the last of his career. The Vikings have a meaningless contest at Detroit next week. The only reason for Favre to play would be so he could walk off the field on his own terms in his final game. We’ll find out (and, of course, spend the next five days wondering aloud about it).

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Why Favre is a virtual lock to stay sidelined

Posted by Andy Benoit

Don’t expect Brett Favre to get the last minute starting nod for his team’s primetime game again this week. Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier announced on Monday that Favre remains doubtful as he is yet to pass his concussion test.

It’s one thing to put a player on the field with a bum shoulder; it’s another, in this day and age, to put him on the field with a bum head. The Vikings would be opening themselves to serious scrutiny if they announce on Monday that Favre hasn’t passed a concussion test and then turn around and start him on Tuesday.

Thus, start looking forward to a battle of mobile quarterbacks Tuesday night, as Michael Vick’s Eagles will face Joe Webb’s Vikings.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Eagles-Vikings moved to Tuesday night

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Eagles-Vikings game has been moved to Tuesday at 8 p.m., the NFL has announced.

We already told you how the weather could affect tonight’s game, with Philadelphia expecting about a foot of snow with winds gusting as much as 45 mph. But the NFL, most likely wanting to protect the tens of thousands of fans who have tickets for tonight’s game, has decided to move it back 48 hours.

Now, with the postponement, there are a few extra interesting storylines.

1) Will Brett Favre play now? He wouldn't have gone today; that would have been Joe Webb's job. But now, he has an extra two days to pass the league-mandated concussion tests. With Favre, that, of course, is well within the realm of possibilities.

2) How will this affect the Eagles-Cowboys Week 17 game? It certainly won't help the Eagles, who will be battling for the No. 2 playoff seed (which comes with that all-important first-round bye). The Cowboys, who played Saturday, now will have three more extra days of rest when they face Philadelphia.

3) For Fantasy Footballers, this will also give RB Adrian Peterson a couple extra days to rest the leg injury that caused him to miss last week's game vs. the Giants. Peterson practiced Thursday and Friday, so he probably would have played anyway. But two extra days does a body good.

4) The only good news for the Vikings beat writers who will now stay in Philadelphia a couple extra days: this postponement will give them plenty of time to compare Pat's, Geno's and Jim's.

5) What will the children do now on Tuesday night? Disney on Ice in Philadelphia has been cancelled for the night.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:06 am
 

Rhett Bomar: Vikings quarterback of the future?

Posted by Will Brinson

Rhett Bomar was signed off the Giants practice squad on Tuesday by the Vikings, which is a seemingly innocuous move, right?

Well, yeah, probably. But there's a little interesting subterfuge involved in that Bomar and the Vikings have an opportunity to forge a current and future symbiotic relationship.

Right now, as Chip Coggins points out at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Bomar is serving as the de facto Michael Vick practice dummy, which is the same thing he did with the Giants last week.

But Bomar isn't just there to do his best Vick imitation -- he thinks he can stick.

"It's a totally different situation," Bomar said. "There's no doubt about that. Eli's going to be there forever, and he's the franchise guy. Of course, everybody wants to play, and so I'm just looking for an opportunity to get on the field and show what I can do."

He's right -- barring some standard "miracle" that brings Brett Favre back to Minnesota, the quarterback competition next year is going to be WIDE open. There's little chance that the Vikings will roll with just Bomar and re-converted rookie Joe Webb (although that would be great for one of them), but best case he might be fighting against Webb and another rookie.

Worst case is he's competing against Webb and an acquired veteran like Donovan McNabb. But even that offers some opportunity.

Obviously some of this hinges on whether or not Leslie Frazier remains the head coach, but it's at least a better opportunity than he'll see in New York any time soon.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Vikings preparing to start Joe Webb

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Vikings are priming rookie quarterback Joe Webb to start this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brett Favre did not practice Wednesday due to a variety of ailments (the newest being a concussion suffered Monday night against the Bears). Not that Favre's injury status on Wednesday matters after he went from "out" to "questionable" Monday, but Leslie Frazier says the veteran is day-to-day.

Of course, we’ve fallen for this trick before. And with Sunday’s game being a nationally-televised primetime affair, we’re taking the news of Webb starting with the proper grain of salt.

Against Chicago, Webb looked every bit like the raw sixth-round rookie that he is. If his first read wasn’t open, he was quick to tuck the ball and run. Often times, he ran directly into the pass-rush. Webb showed some zip as a passer when he had time to stand in a clean pocket, but he more than one occasion, he was also baited into interceptions/near interceptions in those scenarios.

Whether it’s Webb under center or You Know Who once again, there’s still plenty of reason to watch Sunday night. After all, there’s no longer a question about who starts at quarterback for the Eagles.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:46 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Favre out of the game with a head injury

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a move that seemed almost preordained, Brett Favre has been knocked out of the game with a head injury, and the Vikings have ruled him out for the rest of the game.

On the first Vikings series, Favre looked good, throwing a 23-yard TD pass to Percy Harvin to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead. Overall, he’s 5 of 7 for 63 yards, a score and an interception.

But midway through the second quarter, Bears rookie DE Corey Wootton break through the line of scrimmage, wrapped up Favre and threw him to the ground. Though Favre landed on his left shoulder, his head also hit the turf.

Rookie Joe Webb has entered the game at quarterback.

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