The quarterback position for the Minnesota Vikings has been a spot of contention over the last couple of years. Starting with the 2011-12 season and Donovan McNabb behind center, basically all the way up to the present, not everyone has been happy with the quarterback position.
Lots of fans are not convinced that Christian Ponder is the guy for the purple and gold. Even after leading the team to 10 wins and a playoff berth, there are still many lingering questions about Ponder. While it’s still fair to question him, those who are doing so are just wasting their breath.
In a recent interview head coach Leslie Frazier reiterated that Ponder is the starter for the Vikings for at least the beginning of the 2013 season. Frazier also commented on Joe Webb, and the No. 2 spot behind Ponder:
“We still have a lot of confidence in Joe. We understand the circumstances he played in. He’ll be a guy that will compete for the No. 2 spot again next year, barring something that we may end up doing in our personnel meetings.”
In addition, he didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing a veteran QB into the mix to compete for the backup spot.
So who would be a good fit?
If you look at the list of free agent quarterbacks that will be available, it’s not great. It’s full of unproven, marginally talented players. But one that caught my eye is Matt Moore. He’s most recently been with the Miami Dolphins, but didn’t see much time in 2012 behind their QB of the future, Ryan Tannehill.
It seems likely that Moore will sign elsewhere in 2013, and Minnesota would be a place that makes sense for both parties. Moore is a very solid QB who is nearly the perfect backup. He’s been in the league for five years and has shown that he’s an accurate passer, completing nearly 60% of his passes with 33 touchdowns to 26 interceptions to date. Nothing that jumps off the page, but that’s not what teams are looking for in a backup quarterback.
In addition to being a good fit on the field, Moore will also be a good fit financially as he made $2.7 million last year.
If Minnesota is serious about bringing in a veteran backup, and they want to do it in free agency, Matt Moore is the best fit by far.
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