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In the line of fire

Posted at 11:33 AM on September 9, 2008 by Chris Dall (2 Comments)

20080909jackson_large.jpgThe Tuesday morning quarterbacking is in full flight, and so far the reviews for Tarvaris Jackson aren't good.

Okay, TJack was not good last night. I don't think he was quite as bad as some others do, but clearly he did nothing last night to indicate the improvement that Viking coaches and players talked about all August. He still lacks accuracy, he still makes questionable decisions, he can't stretch the defenses, and every time he drops back to pass you wonder if something bad is going to happen.

That being said, he did do some good things last night. He ran much more confidently than he did in any game last year, and he did a nice job leading the team down the field in the fourth quarter. And however badly you think he played, he wasn't the one who gave up a punt return for a touchdown or two plays of 50+ yards. Last night's loss was pretty much a team effort.

Still, Jackson has to do more than provide glimpses of good things to come, and the question now is how many more games like this will he get before there's pressure to make a move. I think if he stinks it up at the Dome next weekend, Gus Frerotte's going to become the most popular man in town.

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Comments (2)

jackson is not a pro Q/B, he will be looking for a job next canada or germany

Posted by tony sacco | September 9, 2008 6:54 PM

TJack will be fine. To start with, the play calling in the first half was terrible. Period. The second half, they opened up the offense and they were moving the ball well.

If you take two critical third down drops, that were perfect throws, the offense is still rolling.

I'm not saying Tjack doesn't have a long way to go, but the coaching an play calling has a longer way to go. You can't lay this defeat on the QB. I lay it on the coaching staff, and lack of O-Line protection. Can you tell me how many time TJack didn't have to run for his life due to a lineman coming after him?

Posted by Sruman | September 10, 2008 11:58 AM

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