Roderick Rogers is actually gone now...
Well, I've finally grown weary of cursing Favre (for now). Time to move on to a subject that may end up mattering as much or more than who is the Vikings' starting quarterback: Safety Depth.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but here's how it stands at the moment:
SS Tyrell Johnson Husain Abdullah Jamarca Sanford
FS Madieu Williams Eric Frampton Roderick Rogers
Surely I'm not the only one concerned about this. We've only seen some good play from Tyrell Johnson. But he was also inconsistent last year. This was probably just due to him being a rookie, and I am very optimistic that he can excel in the NFL. But at the same time, it has yet to be seen. Madieu Williams is also solid, but he's not about to set the world on fire either.
But behind that? We have two guys from Wazzou (which is weird. Wazzou is not exactly a football powerhouse) with a combined four years of NFL experience. Neither has shown much of anything in that time that I'm aware of, save a few flashes in preseason here and there, or some good special teams tackling. And behind them we have practice squad fodder (if that).
My point is, if either Williams or Johnson goes down, we could be in a serious pile of pooh. Let's not forget that Ced Griffin is still pretty young, and definitely prone to bad reads/decision-making every once in a while. And Antoine is great, but he doesn't have the most speed. If either of the starting safeties struggles or is injured, who is there to stop the big play behind the corners?
I know there's a lot of if's here, which I admit is weak. But then, this is the NFL, and injuries happen all of the time. You have to plan for them. I'm a bit nervous that not enough planning went into this position, and it could be our Achilles heel. A great pass rush will help immensely, but you can't expect a sack or a hurried throw on every down. I look forward to hearing your thoughts (and to discussing anything that isn't Brett Favre or Ron Mexico related).