Take heart, Minnesota Vikings fans. All is not lost.
Indeed, your team just lost the greatest gunslinger since Wyatt Earp. But you still have one of the NFL's most gifted players, Adrian Peterson, lining up in your backfield. Your defense is stout, fortified by the likes of Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. You also have a talented receiving corps of Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe.
Who's going to get them the ball, you ask?
The answer might just be right under your noses.
What team wouldn't want an athletic quarterback with a big arm who already has a body of work as an NFL starter and even has playoff experience? Yes, accuracy is somewhat of an issue, but you have the offensive brain trust of Brad Childress and Darrell Bevell to work on that as the Vikings aim for a return to the playoffs. Focus your attention on a passer who was once considered a project but now boasts enough experience to rely upon. Look forward, not backward.
The Vikings should look to
Tarvaris Jackson Daunte Culpepper.
Culpepper isn't taking anything for granted at this stage in his career. After being scared straight by one season in Oakland, two seasons in Detroit and a UFL contract, he has all the motivation in the world. Culpepper started five NFL games last season, which is five more than Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels combined.
He's ready for this.
Anyway, if that doesn't work out, there's always JaMarcus Russell.