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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
BBAO: Joe Webb an enigma for Vikings

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Monday, I joined the chorus of those who say the Minnesota Vikings must find a way to utilize the unique skill set of backup quarterback Joe Webb. The tricky question, of course, is how.

As Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune writes, there are no easy answers. The Vikings have a "Blazer" package for Webb that is similar to the Wildcat, but it's difficult to use that more than a few times a game. Spot use as a receiver, or even a kick returner, isn't effective unless Webb has time to practice and refine those skills. Writes Scoggins: "Webb is an enigma because his skill set doesn't fit into one box."

For this to work, the Vikings are probably going to have to design a package that has never been run before in the NFL. Brad Smith has made a career out of similar circumstances over the past six years with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. It can be done.

I know it's easy to throw out a mandate without offering specific suggestions, but that's why Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave make the big bucks. It's on them to figure it out.

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