As the Minnesota Vikings get ready for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, there’s a significant question lingering around the franchise: What if Matt Cassel plays well against the Panthers? Sunday’s quarterback performance is essential to the outcome of the rest of the season.
I’m not cheering against the Vikings on Sunday, but if Cassel has a great game, it’s going to be difficult for the team to take the starting job away from him. I’m all for the idea of giving the team the best chance to win, but when you sign Josh Freeman as a free agent, you have to see what he can do. The problem with having to choose between the two is that the players want Cassel, the safer choice that could help the team win now, and the higher-ups want Freeman, the possible quarterback of the future.
The best scenario for both sides is to have Cassel have a good game on Sunday and lead the Vikings to a win, then make Freeman the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season and have him play well enough to warrant a chance as the team’s franchise quarterback.
It could be considered a farfetched scenario, but Cassel playing a poor game on Sunday makes the decision to start Freeman that much easier for the coaches and higher-ups. As a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan, I never wish ill-will on any players, but I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t a mind a poor outing by Cassel and victory by the Vikings on Sunday.