McCown to Minnesota?

In news across the league, the Minnesota Vikings got hit with a devastating blow. During their last practice of the preseason, their young quarterback went down hard with a non-contact injury. Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL. The Vikings canceled practice after just 20 minutes.

They had high hopes for the third-year starter as he is coming off a great sophomore year. Minnesota won the NFL North title and was a field goal away from advancing to the divisional round in the playoffs.

Now, the Vikings will put the ball in the hands of veteran Shaun Hill. He has played in just 16 games over the past five seasons. The bulk of his action came in 2014 when he played in nine games after replacing an injured Sam Bradford. The only other quarterback on the roster is undrafted free agent Joel Stave. Minnesota appears committed to handing the keys to Hill, but they will need another proven quarterback to back him up or maybe even start.

This brings up the question; will they be interested in Josh McCown?

McCown has seen extensive action the past three years passing for a combined 6,144 yards and a touchdown-interception ratio of 36 to 19. Despite the commendable stats, his has led his teams to a dismal 5-19 record. I threw these stats out at you to get a reaction.

Although his numbers are great and rarely results in a victory, McCown is a dependable quarterback. He would be a perfect game manager for the Vikings. They have a terrific defense and one of the top running backs in Adrian Peterson. Josh has never been on a team like Minnesota.

Last year, the Cleveland Browns surrendered the third-most points in the league (27 ppg) and 379.2 yards per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the 25th ranked defense in 2014. Finally, in 2013, the Chicago Bears were the third worst defense, allowing 29.9 ppg and 394.6 yards per game.

The point is, McCown can blossom in the right environment. The Vikings may not be in a rush to trade for the veteran, but they should give him serious consideration. Keep your eye on this situation in the upcoming weeks.

-Max Gold

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