Minnesota Vikings: Is Peyton Manning the Answer in 2012?

Brian DezelskeCorrespondent IIIJanuary 19, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, the boys on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning were talking about what NFL teams would make a good fit for Peyton Manning, should he be released.

Some teams that they mentioned happened to be the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and, of course, the Minnesota Vikings also came up.

It got me thinking long and hard about Manning in a Vikes uniform and if he could help bring the Lombardi Trophy to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. One question kept popping up, though: Would it make any sense long-term?

After hours of thought, the only answer I could come up with was an emphatic "no."

The last thing the Vikings need is to bring in another mid-30s star quarterback and try to make a Hail-Mary run at a super bowl, hindering a young QBs progress in the process.

Having Brett Favre was fun for the one year, but Tarvaris Jackson did suffer because of it.

Now, we probably all agree that T-Jack wouldn’t have benefited all that much had he been the starter for those two seasons, but it certainly didn’t help him mentally knowing the team wasn’t confident enough in him going forward.

And what kind of message would this send Christian Ponder? What kind of message would it send the fans?

In Ponder’s case, the answer is one of two possibilities: He would either start questioning himself as a franchise quarterback and leader, or he’d start questioning the franchise's ability to make smart decisions and become resentful of the organization.

As for the fans, the message would be that this organization has absolutely no focus at the top and continually shoots from the hip in hopes of hitting something big.

This organization has gone through the likes of Jim McMahon, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Donovan McNabb and the aforementioned Favre, in the hopes of trying to erect this one-year wonder super bowl team, which has become one of the biggest recurring epic fails in football over the last 20 years.

Twice it’s gotten the team within an OT field goal of the NFL's greatest stage, however, outside of that it’s been season after season of repeated mediocrity.

Now that this organization has a young franchise QB, it’s time to groom him into becoming, hopefully, the next superstar in the NFL.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Peyton Manning...just not in purple and donning horns.


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