DANA POINT, Calif. — During this morning’s NFC coaches-media breakfast at the league meetings, I asked Vikings coach Brad Childress what attracted him the most about Sage Rosenfels, the quarterback he acquired from the Houston Texans.
Childress jumped right into his background as the former quarterbacks coach for the Eagles to provide the answer.
“I’ve known him since he came out of Iowa State, and he could sling it, which, as a quarterback coach, is the No. 1 thing,” Childress said. “How does the guy throw it? How does it get out (of his hand)? You watch someone pick up a rock by the river and throw it. You like that motion. Let me see that again. Then you look at everything from there. Or — and this is not to cast any aspersions — is it like Josh Heupel (with a hitch and long windup). You can say, ‘You can coach that out of him, you can make him grip the ball different.’ But we’re the buyers. If there’s a ding in this thing, you go to the next car.
“(Rosenfels) is good athletically and no small part (of the decision to acquire Rosenfels) is that he’s played the last three years for Gary (Kubiak), and he’s going to come in and have a mind’s eye picture of exactly what our concepts are even though there’ll be some nuances that are different.”