Some interesting analysis in that article. Wonder if anyone will actually consider it?
Could Vincent Jackson rescue the Vikings?
September, 19, 2010
By Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- The next few days will provide a fascinating illustration of how the Minnesota Vikings view their 0-2 start. After another punchless outing from their offense, will the Vikings push the panic button and give up a premium draft pick to rent San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson for 12 games? Or will they determine that their problems are too widespread for one Pro Bowl receiver to fix, and instead go back to work with the talented roster they already possess?
I don’t know if the Vikings will agree with me, but I’m siding with the latter strategy. To be clear, I don’t think there’s any doubt they miss Sidney Rice, their injured Pro Bowl receiver. In Sunday’s 14-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, two of quarterback Brett Favre’s three interceptions came on difficult passes that Rice often converted last season. Like Rice, Jackson is a big receiver with strong ball skills.
But could Jackson or Rice have made a third-quarter block on Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake, who blew past tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and right tackle Phil Loadholt to sack Favre? (Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi recovered the ensuing fumble for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.)
Could Jackson or Rice have helped tailback Adrian Peterson into the end zone on a fourth-down play with 2 minutes, 21 seconds remaining? (Peterson, who had already rushed for 145 yards by then, was stopped cold by Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby.)