Why Vikings' Webb hasn't played more

Posted Dec. 16, 2011 @ 1:33 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The "Blazer" package, the Vikings' answer to the "Wildcat" featuring backup QB Joe Webb, was shelved seemingly before it started. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave sprinkled in a few plays featuring Webb, most of them ineffective, early in the season and then seldom went back to them. One speculation on why Webb was terrific in replacing Christian Ponder in Week 14 but quiet before that is that he needs to get into a groove and have the ball in his hands multiple times. The athletic quarterback is less effective as a pinch hitter, so to speak, merely receiving a play here or there. The plan to turn him into a receiver has been derailed for a few reasons. One, he has struggled with his hands and as a route runner. Two, the team has had injuries and ineffectiveness at QB and has had to keep Webb at the position. That plan could be changed in the offseason, with him filling something of a dual role.