As the Vikings search for a new offensive coordinator, there is one player that would like to see things stay the same for once in his young football career.
Quarterback Rhett Bomar was hoping he would have some offseason continuity as he tries to go from the top-rated quarterback in high school in 2004 to a surviving quarterback in the NFL.
While most people look at the Vikings' quarterback situation and see 2010 sixth-round draft choice Joe Webb as the developmental quarterback, the forgotten one is the New York Giants' 2009 fifth-round draft choice – the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Bomar. With Brett Favre expected to retire – he's not under contract anymore and new head coach Leslie Frazier said he won't pursue Favre – and Tarvaris Jackson scheduled to be a free agent, Webb and Bomar are the only Vikings quarterbacks under contract for 2011.
As players packed up their belongings the day after the Vikings' final regular-season game and were looking forward to some down time, Bomar was hoping he would have an offseason that involved stability and career development.
"I got a good start, and hopefully we have an offseason where I can come back. That would help me out, just being in my position," he said. "For me, that would help me out a lot to keep learning and just get with these coaches and everything like that. I'm hoping for that."
While Bomar is hoping for a full offseason of organized team activities and minicamps, most of the players are pessimistic that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the scheduled start of free agency on March 4. The Vikings normally start their offseason conditioning program a few weeks later with organized practices beginning in May and June. All of that is put on hold until the NFL and its players union come to a labor agreement.
Meanwhile, Bomar is trying to make the transition from a Giants offense that was far different than the Vikings version he had only two weeks to work in after being signed from New York's practice squad on Dec. 21.
"It was a lot different. The concepts are kind of the same, but the terminology and the verbiage, how you call things, that's what you've got to get used to. That's totally different, so I had to get used to that," he said. "I felt that I started to get it down after two weeks. I didn't have an opportunity to play, of course, but I had an opportunity to learn in practice and meetings and everything like that. I felt like I got it down, so I got a good head start on the offseason."
After his unstable college experience, Bomar is familiar with moving around. He started his collegiate career at Oklahoma, where he became a starter in 2005, but he was dismissed from the Sooners after an NCAA investigation concluded he was paid for work he didn't complete at a car dealership. He transferred to Sam Houston State, where he was the starter in 2007 before suffering a knee injury. He started 10 games in 2008 and finished his two-year career with the Bearkats with nine games of 300 yards or more.
After nearly two seasons of development with the New York Giants, Bomar is left to wait and hope that he can return to a familiar offense at some point this offseason. If not, he'll have to adapt at least one more time in his football life.
"No doubt. It'd be different. Honestly, I haven't been through (a coaching change), so I don't know how I'd handle that. I'm enjoying these coaches here," he said. "… Hopefully it stays the same. That'd be awesome for me because I have a familiarity with them and just keep moving."
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