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Unenviable QB situation brewing for Vikings

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By Eric Edholm

With Brett Favre out of the mix for the Vikings' Monday-night game against the Bears, they will turn their hopes to rookie Joe Webb as the starter with newly signed Patrick Ramsey serving as the backup. It's a tough position to put Webb in, considering his season so far. The team drafted him as an athlete, with the idea he'd play receiver and be a factor on special teams. But when Webb threw the ball well in the offseason, then-head coach Brad Childress kept him at quarterback. Once Childress was fired, Webb found his way into the lineup as a returner and a specialty-play QB, but he hasn't had the consistent reps this season to be fully prepared for the challenge of facing the Bears. Ramsey, of course, had to be force-fed the offense in less than a week's time to be ready at a moment's notice. Although Favre likely will try all he can to get back on the field before the end of the season, it's very possible that none of the QBs on the roster factor into the team's plans as next year's starter. Webb, though, has impressed the coaches with his rare athleticism for the position and his instincts.

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