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Lions, Vikings may be rivals for Cutler

Lions, Vikings may be rivals for Cutler
DANA POINT, Calif. -- There's a theory about the NFL that, if you want to be successful, the first priorities are running the ball and stopping the run.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz have been preaching that for months.

But there's one guy who disagrees with that theory, a guy whose team already can run the ball and stop the run: coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings.

The difference is that the Lions, who were 0-16 last year, are just trying to return to respectability before they try to make a leap toward Super Bowl contention. The Vikings already are at that point and trying to get over the hump, and Childress believes you need a quarterback to do that.

"You hear the adage, 'He just doesn't have to lose the game,' and I think that's such a misnomer because a guy who is going to touch the ball 70 times a game is going to have something to do with the outcome," Childress said.

While the Lions and Vikings are in different situations, they do have one thing in common: a strong desire to trade for Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

It was reported by Yahoo! Sports that the Vikings were one of the first teams to inquire about Cutler and had tried to swing a deal. Several reports, including one from NFL.com, have cited Detroit's interest in acquiring Cutler.

The Vikings' interest comes after already trading for quarterback Sage Rosenfels of the Houston Texans. The Vikings also have one of the league's best running backs in Adrian Peterson. Minnesota's defense has been ranked among the best in the league for several years, particularly against the run.

The Vikings, though, need to get more plays out of their quarterback. Without talking about Cutler specifically, Childress addressed the importance of the position.

"It's always been that way. Run the ball and stop the run and it's OK to kick it, you know? You can coach your quarterback that way but, by the same token, if you've got a guy open, you don't want him to check it down," Childress said. "You've still got to take risks and make five or six or seven throws in the course of a game that are going to be critical."

The Lions will not discuss their interest in Cutler or previous attempts to acquire him.

"I don't want to comment on how active we were," Schwartz said.

The Broncos continue to say they would prefer to keep Cutler, but the two sides have yet to come to a resolution of their problems.

In the meantime, the Lions, Vikings and several other NFL teams will continue to look for ways to upgrade their quarterback position.

"We have three guys under contract, we have Daunte Culpepper, we have Drew Stanton and Drew Henson. We need to see all three of those guys, and probably before we draft, we'll have gotten a good look at those guys," Schwartz said. "We need to be able to evaluate that, and when it's all said and done, we need someone to elevate themselves over the rest, whether it's one of those guys, whether it's a draft pick or if it's another free agent or veteran player."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 30, 2009

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