This Dawgg doesn’t see the downside to the Percy Harvin – Greg Jennings switch-ar-roo.

Greg Jennings

What am I missing here? The Vikings replaced a disgruntled employee who came to work approximately ½  of the time.  A player who didn’t want or appreciate being a Minnesota Viking. A person who at every opportunity took the low road by throwing his quarterback under the proverbial bus, and replaced him with:

A) A first round draft pick who turned out to be Xavier Rhodes ( a prospect that could potentially be a shut-down, pro-bowl corner for the next 10 years).

B) Shifted the monetary resources previously used on this malcontent and gave it to a player who not only wants to be here, but has a long history of being a positive locker room presence. An asset who actually “Likes” his new Quarterback, who is willing to mentor those with less experience and who is the equal (or better) down field threat, as well as being an excellent slot receiver to boot. (Two attributes that the Vikings desperately need).

Although Christian Ponder is saying all the politically correct things, you can bet that he’s not crying himself to sleep at night over this.

Seriously, how does a team put its faith in a receiver that only plays on occasion?  I’m not talking a missed game here and there. Between the Migraines, hamstrings, etc., it is difficult to game prep when your most talented offensive weapon cannot be relied upon.

It’s just my opinion, but I think that the development of Christian Ponder as a legitimate franchise QB is this team’s greatest challenge. A point so important, that it most likely makes the difference between being a middle of the pack non-contender and being one of the “Elites” who could challenge for football supremacy.

It is the very reason that Rick Speilman and co. concentrated so much of its time and energy bringing in the likes of Greg Jennings. (There is a reason the Packers offered $10 million per year for this guy). Then spent four picks to draft Cordarrelle Patterson, re-signed Jerome Simpson et al. These are important steps necessary to ensure that Ponder is surrounded with more viable offensive weapons to work with.

Another important, albeit possibly underrated variable to consider is whether or not offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is willing and/or con
fident enough to “take off the training wheels” and allow Ponder more opportunities to attack the secondary down field.

The Vikings were last in the NFL in passing plays of 20+ yards last season. It can be argued that this was NOT an area where Percy Harvin excelled. The additions of Jennings and Patterson tell me that the team is looking at this as an offensive imperative.

In summation, for Ponder to excel, he has to have the weapons available AND the confidence  of his coaches to aggressively game plan in full attack mode if the Vikings Ship is to ever set sail.

Presently is the time of year where speculation and opinions run rampant. Everyone has visions of glorious expectations to come.  But soon, the time of putting these expectations into fruition will be upon us. The hope here is that the changes made will support these expectations and the best laid plans of the coaching staff and fans will bring it all to fruition.

- Dawgg !

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4 Responses to “This Dawgg doesn’t see the downside to the Percy Harvin – Greg Jennings switch-ar-roo.”

  1. Matt in Texas says:

    Love the Jennings signing and the trade of Harvin for a first rounder. WIth that said if you have watched the Vikings at all in Harvin’s tenure, prior to last season, that guy was a warrior. Yes he had an occasional migraine but when he could play he gave it his all. I’m upset he wasn’t happy in MN but the team, and the play calling, was better served in his absence. Ponder/Musgrave no longer felt inclined to appease him. They rode the horse (Peterson) and played smart football the final half of the season without him. Looking forward to an exciting 2013 campaign!

  2. dynalee10 says:

    I agree with both of the above , although there is no denying Percy’s talent and willingness to compete WHEN he was on the gridiron his backstage theatrics were wearing a bit thin and when an employee berates his supervisor repeatedly in public then a change is not only welcome but needed .

  3. SouthernVikesFan says:

    Cant wait to see Cassel show the world he is a starting QB

  4. Titan Concrete says:

    The Harvin trade was a must and we were lucky to get for him what we did, but to argue that we cant game plan with Harvin because of his injuries?? Since his rookie year, Harvin and Jennings have very similar stats…including games played. The stats for rec yards and td are also very similar, but Harvin had far worse QB’s throwing to him, and we are losing the return game factor not having Harvin here. As far as an athlete and receiver goes, we downgraded getting Jennings…. As far as attitude goes, we had an upgrade. Harvin never took a play off and was a BEAST for us. His play will be missed by our team. We cant yet put Rhodes into the equation, because we have no idea if he will boom or bust. I am excited to see what this years team brings, and I think we are going the right direction with everything. But I think if you took a poll with 32 gm’s and 32 head coaches, you would have 64 people taking Harvin over Jennings.

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