Brett Favre Coaching Vikings QB Joe Webb During Lockout.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —- For former UAB quarterback Joe Webb, last summer was spent trying to learn the ropes of playing for a professional football team. This summer, however, Webb is just hoping there will be an NFL season for which to prepare.
“It’s been very intense,” Webb said of the continuing NFL lockout. “All we can do is try to stay in shape.”
Webb, who spent his entire high school and college career playing in his hometown of Birmingham, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2010 draft and saw action in three games, including the Dec. 18, 2010 game in which he rushed for a touchdown and led the Vikings in an upset against the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles, 24-14.
Webb replaced an injured Brett Favre late in the season, and it has been Favre who has helped Webb to stay focused throughout the off-season. After participating in workouts at the IMG Academy in Florida in May, Webb has spent the past few weeks in Hattiesburg, Miss., working on his throwing game with Favre.
“It’s great to have a person like that as my contact,” Webb said. “He can still sling it.”
Webb says the biggest difference between this summer and last has been not being able to work out with the entire Vikings team. Webb, like all NFL players, hopes the lockout will end soon, maybe within the next 10 days. He says that while he gets updates from his Vikings teammates, it still is not the same as working together in training camp, and the information about the impending season “changes up every now and then.”
Since Favre vacated the starting quarterback position in December, Webb has worked hard to prove to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier that he is the man for the job. Should the NFL owners and players union agree on terms this month, Webb will likely compete against Rhett Bomar and 2011 draftee Christian Ponder for the starting job.
This is absolutely fantastic to hear. Favre was very hesitant to mentor Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers many years ago so Favre must see something in Webb that he didn’t in Rodgers. Webb was truly thrown to the wolves last season after both Favre and Jackson were injured. We have seen many flashes from Webb via both his arm and legs. With Ponder being drafted the Vikings obviously don’t anticipate Webb being the long term solution. However, its a reality that Webb could start the season and if he does really well he could keep Ponder on the bench for the entire season.