In addition to questions about Sidney Rice and Chad Greenway, Pat Williams, Ben Leber and Antoine Winfield, there looms a large question mark hovering for 2011. The Vikings will face a monumental QB question after this season. They could try to acquire a veteran -- for instance, Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselbeck or Kerry Collins -- for a stopgap season. The Washington Redskins' McNabb, whom the Vikings' Brad Childress coached in Philadelphia, seems most plausible. Or the Vikings could try to package players and draft picks to move up high in the 2011 draft and choose a QB around whom they could center the future of the franchise. At this point, the top QB for next year's draft appears to be Washington's Jake Locker. And he could be the No. 1 or No. 2 player taken overall, so moving up that high would be extremely difficult for the Vikings. (Pioneer Press) Comment
If LeBron James does attend Saturday's Miami-Ohio State game, coach Jim Tressel and his quarterback would appreciate civility. Tressel said Thursday that it was time to let go all that anger. "Sore subjects need to pass," Tressel said at a news conference. "Things are as they are. We all make decisions. You have to respect one another's decisions and move on." ... James communicates with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who also urged fans to welcome the former Cavaliers guard. "If LeBron does come, just treat him with respect and respect his decision," Pryor said. "Please, no name calling, or booing, or anything like that because that's my mentor. I have a lot of respect and a lot of love for him." (NBA.com) Comment
Though he did qualify it slightly, Nick Saban took the occasion of his radio show to send a shot across the bow of Boise State, which won its opener to keep itself in the thick of the BCS conversation. "It's the full body of work. It's not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that's no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance." (Birmingham News) Comment
Anthony Hargroves celebrates with fans in the stands after the Saints' 14-9 victory over the Vikings last night (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images).
Ray Lewis calls out Rex Ryan and the Jets.