I am beginning to think the NFL should always operate on an abbreviated offseason. Last week I was intrigued by the Washington Redskins and this week I am contemplating the hopes of two teams that have remained committed to the run in the age of the pass. These two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans, obviously believe they should be playing in the postseason and have added veteran quarterbacks in hopes of proving that they are not fools for investing in the running game.
The Minnesota Vikings already had some success bringing in a veteran QB to play in the postseason. In 2009 they acquired Brett Favre and had an impressive run that ended at the NFC Championship game thanks to the team of destiny that season, the New Orleans Saints. However, Favre proved to be a distraction the next season. Yet, the front office believes they can once again deliver Minnesota Vikings tickets for the playoffs again, this time with the addition of Donovan McNabb.
Now, most of us remember the Redskins failure last season and are perhaps a little too quick to pass most of the blame onto McNabb. Donovan played much better than the football team’s 6-10 record. We forget that though he only threw 14 touchdowns, he also threw for over 3,000 yards with little more to target than 32-year-old wide receiver Santana Moss and tight end Chris Cooley. His addition and the fact that he still has wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, as well as a distraction by the name of Adrian Peterson to keep defenses busy, bodes pretty well for the Minnesota Vikings and McNabb.
The Tennessee Titans task is a bit more difficult. The AFC South has some steep competition with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. The Titans added quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to replace recently retired Kerry Collins and recently released Vince Young. Hasselbeck is no longer the Pro Bowl talent he once was, but he remains a better than average game manager, which should be more than enough with Chris Johnson in the backfield (assuming his holdout is over quickly).
Titans tickets could very well be available for the beginning of the postseason if the Hasselbeck is able to make due with Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, and Justin Cage (Randy Moss retired). At the very least, the Titans have a better offensive line than the Seahawks, so Hasselbeck should be able to stay on his feet comfortably in the pocket for longer.
This is going to be an interesting season for just every team in the NFL, but it appears the Vikes and Titans’ might actually return the franchises to the postseason.