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Should Even Bad Teams Rest Their Starters?

To play or not to play? That is the question.

Coming down to the last few remaining weeks in the NFL you start to see players on certain teams, usually the ones who have already clinched a playoff berth rest their players. But what about the teams that don’t have anything to play for as they already know that their not going to the playoffs, should they rest their players too?

It’s a question that certainly comes up as on Saturday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. It was a meaningless game for both teams as all they really had to play for was draft order and pretty much nothing. So did it make sense to play Peterson? Well it did for fantasy football owners and maybe fans, but looking at it now as Peterson’s 2012-13 NFL season may be in jeopardy, playing him didn’t look like the right call.

Now this isn’t the first injury for Peterson this season as he already missed three weeks of the season with an ankle injury. Luckily for the Vikings they didn’t have anything to really play for as they were already out of playoff contention at the time. However back-up running back Toby Gehart filled in well for the superstar running back while he was out. Though, it didn’t really change the Vikings out come of their games as they still lost each one, however it showed them that in the occurrence of another Peterson injury they would be okay to run with Gehart as the lead back.

Unfortunately on Saturday the Vikings would get that other occurrence as Peterson would go down with a knee injury that would sooner be revealed as a torn ACL and a torn MCL. Gehart would rush for 109 yards off of 11 carries in the absence of Peterson and the Vikings would defeat the Redskins 33-26.

But the Vikings weren’t really thinking about a win as losing Peterson with an injury of this severity this late in the season, really hurts them. Now of course it doesn’t hurt them this season, but next season it’s going to.

Now reports have come out saying that Peterson looks like he’d be okay to return week one next year, however it’s not 100 percent as no one can determine that being so far away from the 2012-13 season. Though what they do know is, that training camp will mostly be Gehart taking the first string snaps as a timetable for this injury at least a couple months.

Though, other there has been other reports saying that Peterson may be placed on the PUP list to start next season which would put him out until at least week 6. So taking all of this into account, does it really make sense to play your players in a meaningless game?

In my opinion, it depends on the scenario. For instance if the player was already hurt that season or that player has a history of injuries, then no, you don’t play him. However if their healthy and playing good let them play.

Though on the flip side, each year come this time, there’s about 12 to 15 teams that are already out of the playoffs, and of those 12 to 15 teams about half of them are very bad to the point where they should rest their starters as they should test out the backups and the younger players to give them a chance. In doing that, maybe they find out that they have something hidden talent on their team which they could then go ahead and make a trade to bring in some new talent or stay put and keep them.

So looking at both of the scenarios, I say just let the players go out and play the game. That’s what they get paid to do, so play them. Yes you don’t want to put them at risk of missing anytime or the rest of the next season, but at the same time it’s there job and injuries come with the game and they new it from the time they signed up.

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Donovan McNabb Waived: Where Will He Land Next?

Now that Donovan McNabb has been waived, where will he land?

After signing with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season 35 year old Donovan McNabb was waived today as it was in the best interests of both McNabb and the Vikings coaching staff. Both parties felt that it wasn’t necessary for McNabb to sit the bench as after starting 1-5 for the Vikings he was pulled in week 6 and the rookie quarterback Christian Ponder replaced him and took over the starting quarterback duties.

Now despite having the worst season of his career (1,026 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions) since his rookie season McNabb still seemed like he had it. Though some would say that “no he doesn’t” and “he’s done” as after seeing the stats and the 1-5 record would make one think that. But you have to add in some factors as well; the lockout.

Due to the NFL Lockout and training camps and all of the other pre-season preparations being cut short was very valuable time lost for McNabb and any other player joining an organization. Because, not only did he lose preparation time, but he wasn’t able to learn the play book as fast, get connected with his teammates; get on point with his receivers, etc. So to see what McNabb did and how he played this season and taking in all of those factors you really have to give the 13 year veteran a pass on this one. Though why dwell on the past as what’s done is done.

Looking ahead to the future now there are some spots that McNabb could land and really be in use, starting with the Houston Texans. With quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both out for the remainder of the season, McNabb would be a perfect fit. With wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster to take the pressure off of McNabb would be a perfect situation. Now even though he would have to learn the play book and get connected with his teammates in this situation it would be okay for him to jump right in.

Next up is the Jacksonville Jaguars, they remove quarterback David Garrard in the beginning of the season and put faith in Luke McCown and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Well fast forward to now at 3-8 the decision didn’t really work out and that’s the not even the beginning as did you guys not just fire your coach, but your owner sold the franchise…ouch. McNabb would be a good fit for this team, but there’s no chance that they’ll make any moves as this season is as done as Ryan Leafs career.

Last but certainly not least for now, the Chicago Bears. They suffered a tough break with quarterback Jay Cutler as he broke his thumb and will miss at least six weeks and possibly more as there have been reports of him to possibly miss the remainder of the season. So bringing in McNabb would really help as Caleb Hanie isn’t really what you want if you’re trying to make the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl. Because, three interceptions and a 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders who struggled on offense with 18 of their 25 points coming from field goals just isn’t going to cut it. Now yes it was his first week of action so the Bears will cut him a break, but bet your bottom dollar that they’re keeping McNabb in the back of their mind.

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