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Frazier's ideal: Draft a QB and develop him

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Brett Favre, Leslie Frazier Updated: March 22, 2011 - 9:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS -- The Philadelphia Eagles are making it clear that when the NFL lockout is over they will be shopping quarterback Kevin Kolb. There have been plenty of questions about whether the Vikings would be interested.
 
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked about that this morning at the NFL coaches breakfast at the league meetings.
 
“He’s a good young quarterback," Frazier said. "There’s a reason that they had him slated as the No. 1 guy going into training camp [last year] and they made the trade letting Donovan [McNabb] move on. They saw some things in him they really liked, and I respect  Andy [Reid] and their staff tremendously. ... So you’d have to consider a guy like Kevin if he becomes available. He’ll be part of the conversation, as well if that were to occur. Right now, there is no free agency, there are no trade talks but we’re going to talk internally about a bunch of different scenarios and just talk about players throughout our league.”
 
Frazier talked extensively about the quarterback position at the breakfast. He made it clear that his desire would be to draft someone and plug him in as the starter.
 
“Ideally, [the goal] would be to get a young guy that could say, ‘OK, we’re going to ride with this guy. He’s our guy. He’s our [Joe] Flacco, he’s our [Mark] Sanchez, he’s our Matt Ryan,'" Frazier said. "He would step in as our starter. That would be the ideal situation. You know you’re going to go through your lumps early on but in the long term you just know you’ve got the right guy, that’s he’s just going to get better and better and better and we build around him.
 
"There’s no question that would be the way to go and it’s probably been a while since that’s happened in Minnesota. You’d love to have that in your organization. Chicago has that now with [Jay] Cutler, Green Bay has that now with [Aaron] Rodgers, Detroit has that now with [Matthew] Stafford. We want to join that club. We want people to say, ‘Minnesota has their guy.’”
 
Frazier, by the way, again dismissed the notion that he might call Brett Favre if the Vikings don't find a quarterback to their liking. Frazier seems to really believe that Favre is going to stay retired this time.

We'll have plenty more on what Frazier had to say throughout the day.

 

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