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Mid-day talker: An interesting look at post-Tarkenton Vikings QB history by "type"

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 2, 2011 - 12:26 PM

Reader J. Broman -- not to be confused with Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago -- sent an e-mail last night with a very interesting comparison of the records of Vikings QBs, post-Fran Tarkenton, divided into categories that we had never considered. For the most part, we agree with how he has divvied things up:

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Franchise QBs (drafted by Vikings in first round): Tommy Kramer, Daunte Culpepper, Christian Ponder: 93-99, 3-4 in Playoffs

Veteren Free agents: Jim McMahon, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Gus Frerotte, Brad Johnson (2nd time), Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb: 94-61, 3-5 in Playoffs

Backups: Steve Dils, Archie Manning, Sean Salisbury, Spergon Wynn, Todd Bouman, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Joe Webb: 11-25, 0-1 in Playoffs

Apprentices: Began on bench, eventually started: Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson (first time), Tarvaris Jackson: 70-55, 3-5 in Playoffs

Scab: Tony Adams, 0-3

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Perhaps the most interesting thing is this: Vikings fans like to complain about the veteran QBs, but you'll note that post-Tarkenton that group has the highest winning percentage (61 percent) of any. McNabb's 1-5 mark didn't help one bit. Every other veteran QB, in fact, had a winning regular-season record: McMahon (8-4), Moon (21-18), Favre (17-12), Johnson (13-10), Cunningham (16-7), George (8-2) and Frerotte (10-3).

The second-highest are the "apprentices," while the franchise QBs have a sub-.500 record. Obviously the records of those teams were influenced by more than just QB play. Kramer, for example, would have loved to have played with the defenses the either directly preceded or followed his tenure. Culpepper, too, never had the luxury of those defenses that finished first or second in terms of fewest rushing yards allowed in 2006-09.

That said, we welcome your thoughts on these numbers and what you think they represent. Are they relevant, meaningless, or somewhere in between? Does it make you think differently about Vikings history? Would you classify any of those QBs any differently than Mr. Broman did?

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