Re: Scouts, Inc. article - Fix Culpepper and you fix the Vikes
Interesting comparison to Favre, Still. I haven't been on as much lately because I've been waging daily wars with the Favre -haters among the Packer "fans". So, I have debated this one to death.
I'm not quite sure it is the same situation. To me, part of the problem with Favre's ills are partially because he puts the pressure on himself, but when the Packer defense splutters and the running game vanishes...the whole team just stops and watches Favre expectantly. Even the coaches look like they are standing on the sideline, hands at their side, as if to say, "Well, you're the future HOFer." And if he fails, guess who gets the blame.
I'm not sure Culpepper is in that role yet, though I will be the first to admit I'm not as familiar with his situation. My theory had always been if he got rid of Moss, the pressure would stop going on Daunte to be getting the ball to Moss. Pepper always seemed to get blamed whenever Moss didn't get enough passes. Daunte always seemed a little fragile, ego-wise.
Now, without Moss, I'm starting to think he's doubting himself. Now, instead of knowing it is "pass to Moss or die", its "lead the team on your own", and he's pressing himself way too hard to do so.
There's a lot of talent on the Vikes right now, probably more than the Packers. But, we played the Saints and Favre got cured real quick. Maybe the Bears will be Daunte's ticket.
I still think Culpepper has a fragile ego. A good coach would take steps to help take that pressure off of him so he is successful in what he does, whether it be simplifying the offense, calling more misdirection and screen plays, and letting the rest of the offense do more work.
But, with confidence, he's still the most intimidating QB in the league. Right now, though, he's not.
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