Posts tagged with: Minnesota Vikings

Are Bears overrated?

Training camp is an odd time. You can either leave it completely in love with a mediocre team or horrified by what you see from a highly regarded squad.

That’s because you spend much of training camp watching scrubs try to tackle other scrubs. Sometimes, these scrubs look great. Other times, they look like scrubs.

But this Chicago Bears training camp is something different. This was supposed to be new quarterback Jay Cutler’s camp. And so far, Cutler’s looked impressive. It’s nice to see what passes look like when they’re thrown by a quarterback who has a real arm.

But this training camp has also unearthed a whole slew of questions. First, is cornerback Nathan Vasher ever going to be good again? He hasn’t looked like it during training camp. Secondly, what about Tommie Harris? Will he revert to his old form again, or have injuries robbed him of his Pro-Bowl skill? Based on training camp, unfortunately, it looks like Harris won’t be returning to the Pro Bowl anytime soon.

Then there are the wide receivers. They all sort of stink. We knew that before training camp. We know that now.

And what about running back Matt Forte? He had an impressive rookie year. But he wore down at the end of the season. Is he just a one-year wonder? It’s impossible to tell from this training camp, at least.

Many consider the Bears to be favorites to win their division. That’s partly because Cutler is such an upgrade over former starting quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s partly because the Bears’ division just isn’t very strong.

Still, when you look really closely at the division, it becomes more difficult to make the argument that the Minnesota Vikings aren’t a more complete team.

Favre pulls a Palin; He quits

You have to feel bad for the Minnesota Vikings. The team has been waiting all offseason to see if Brett Favre will be its quarterback. Then, just two days before starting training camp, Favre breaks the Vikings’ hearts and says that, yes, he is still officially retired.

Favre has had almost as much difficulty retiring as has Michael Jordan. But this time, he says, the retirement will stick.

For the Vikings this is bad news. They’re now left with a roster full of quarterbacks who make Kyle Orton look like Joe Montana. It’s a shame for the team, too, because with better quarterback play, the Vikings would be a legitimate SuperBowl contender. They have the game’s most dynamic halfback in the real Adrian Peterson. They have a tough defense. They have a good coach. They just don’t have a good quarterback.

Bears fans, of course, don’t feel too sorry for the Vikings. Favre’s announcement makes it easier on the Bears in their quest to win their division title. It also gives the Vikings a taste of what Bears fans have suffered through for many years: good defenses, good running games and horrible quarterbacking.

It’s hard to win much without a good quarterback, some flukes aside. The Vikings will get one more reminder of that this season.

Favre to Vikings — Does it matter?

As a Bears fan, I’m never too cocky. I’ve seen too much bad — and often boring — football for that. So when the Bears somehow pulled off a miracle and signed quarterback Jay Cutler earlier this year, I steeled myself for the upcoming disapointment.

Cutler’s best wide receiver is Devin Hester. Really. Don’t be surprised to see Cutler zipping throws to the tight ends all season long.

Maybe Cutler will get injured. Maybe Cutler won’t be as good as advertised. Maybe the offensive line won’t be able to protect him. Perhaps the aging defense will continue to falter, making Cutler’s strong arm a moot point.

See? I’m a Bears fan. I expect things to go wrong.

Then the Brett Favre rumors started. He mght end up being the quarterback of the Vikings this year. Check out this New York Times story for more information.

Now, maybe this doesn’t matter. Favre didn’t exactly finish strong last year for the New York Jets. In fact, the Jets weren’t even interested enough to give Favre another shot at the helm. The Jets were 8-5 at one point last year and still missed the playoffs, thanks in part to Favre’s erratic play during the end of the season.

But … there’s something about the Vikings with an adequate quarterback that’s scary. The Vikings have the best defense in the division and easily the best running game. Adrian Peterson can beat the Bears by himself. Think of how dangerous he’ll be with Favre tossing passes instead of Tarvaris Jackson.

I don’t know, call me a typical Bears fan here, but I’d really prefer Favre to call it a career. With the Vikings, he might be able to stick a dagger in the hearts of Bears fans once again.