If you told me three weeks ago that Josh Freeman would be starting for the Minnesota Vikings this season, I would have told you to go back to the loony bin. But as week seven of the NFL season approaches, that’s the reality in Minneapolis.
Following an absolute beatdown at the hands of the Carolina Panthers in week six, this Vikings team is searching for answers in a big way. After Matt Cassel looked on point in week four, he reverted back to his old ways against the Panthers. He threw two terrible interceptions and failed to keep any momentum going for the Minnesota offense. Sunday’s game against Carolina wasn’t even close.
It’s also clear at this point that the Vikings have moved on from Christian Ponder. He was rumored to have had a couple sit down conversations with GM Rick Spielman this past week, with the message being to ‘continue to fight for his job.’ All of the above equals one thing – Freeman should be behind center in week seven.
Yes, he’s only had a short time to acclimate to the Vikings’ offense. Yes, he didn’t look good in his starts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the season. But the harsh reality for Minnesota is that they have no other option. This is a team with its back against the wall and in need of a spark in the worst way. There’s nothing left to lose in 2013, it’s time to put all the cards on the table.
Josh Freeman should start the rest of the way for this 1-4 team. They need to see what the 25-year old can bring to the table, because Spielman and company need to know if he should be re-signed long-term or if Minnesota needs to go back to the draft in 2014 to try and land a franchise QB.