Shiancoe: Vikings are ‘built for the now’

In the days leading up to the Scouting Combine, much of the chatter has focused on the teams with unsettled quarterback situations, a topic Vic Carucci covered on Wednesday.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier recently described his quarterback decision as still undecided. Brett Favre is unofficially done, and Tarvaris Jackson is a pending free agent who many expect won’t be back.

Frazier has cited the need for a franchise quarterback, while also saying the team’s draft strategy will be to find someone to develop. At the same time, neither Frazier or VP of player personnel Rick Spielman will rule out bringing in a veteran, or that Joe Webb — who started two games in 2010 — has a chance at the job.

But consider the fact the Vikings are a mostly veteran team, one that some feel is built to win now. Among those veterans is TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who shared some thoughts during his visit to NFL Network.

“I feel like the window is still open. It’s definitely getting smaller to me, before the rebuilding process [starts],” Shiancoe said. “We have so many veterans and elite players right now on our team. A roster full of great players. … Offensively, we have all the skill positions [filled]. It’s an offensive coordinator’s dream. Those are weapons that are definite mismatches if put in the right position.”

Shiancoe was careful to note that the piece to the puzzle the Vikings are missing isn’t a veteran quarterback, but someone with “experience.” He likes the talent of Webb.

“It’s just rare to have a team full of the guys that we have,” he said. “A lot of veterans who are seasoned and ready. We’re built for the now.”

What remains to be seen is if the Vikings front office agrees. That determination is likely to drive what direction the franchise takes at quarterback, and if an experienced arm — through free agency or a trade — is eventually added to the mix.

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