Playoff success could limit QB options

With the success of Arizona and Philadelphia in the playoffs, it would seem like their quarterbacks will return for another campaign in 2009. Less than a month ago, both Kurt Warner and Donovan McNabb were considered viable candidates to sign with another team like the Vikings.

About a month ago, the Vikings were in the middle of a flurry in the rumor mill as it pertained to a couple of veteran quarterbacks. A month later, thanks to a postseason run for both remaining NFC teams, that talk would appear to be all but dead.

In Philadelphia, they were eulogizing the career of Donovan McNabb. Briefly benched, the Philly media was at its salty best – burying McNabb alive and shoveling dirt into his hastily prepared grave. Despite looking hideous in his brief playing opportunities, second-year man Kevin Kolb was anointed as the next big thing and McNabb was heading out the door.

A funny happened on the way to the crematorium – McNabb rallied his team into the playoffs and has taken out the Vikings and Giants. His future not only looks secure in Philadelphia, it would seem to be a foregone conclusion that he will be back with the Eagles armed with a new contract.

Much the same was true in December with the Cardinals. Kurt Warner followed up a brutal performance against the Vikings with one of the worst games on record in a blowout loss to the Patriots. The Cardinals were accused of being a fraudulent organization that was only in the playoffs because the NFC West so profoundly bad.

A funny thing happened on the way to the golf course. The Cardinals won their season finale against the Seahawks and have looked dominant in wins over the Falcons and Panthers. Warner has been the trigger man of a born-again offense and his position in Arizona has solidified. What looked to be an exodus from the desert be a free agent now has all the earmarks of a player that will be re-signed or even franchised if need be.

For Vikings fans who were hoping for a change at the quarterback position in 2009, the developments in the NFC playoffs couldn't have turned out any worse. Had the Eagles or Cardinals been one-and-done in the postseason, the chances they would have a different starting QB in 2009 seemed all but assured. Now just the opposite is true.

If the Vikings are going to make a change at QB, it likely isn't going to come from two of the more likely sources just a month ago.


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