Posted at 4:29 PM on December 18, 2008
by Chris Dall
We may not have decided on our senator yet, but at least the good people of Minnesota know who'll be representing them on the football field this Sunday. Brad Childress announced today that Tarvaris Jackson will start for the Purple on Sunday against Atlanta, though he did not indicate whether he'd stick with Jackson for the rest of the year.
Given Frerotte's injury, his recent lackluster play, and the way Jackson played last weeked against the Cardinals, this seemed like the most obvious choice. Chili should ride TJack as long as he keeps playing well. If he reverts to his previous form this weekend, then bring back Gus. Gus is apparently upset, but who cares? The reality is that neither QB can make a strong claim for the starting job, and both could be gone next year.
But this does present a dilemma for the future. I was amused when some fans started proclaiming Jackson's resurrection after the Detroit game, but against the Cardinals he looked about as close to being a legitimate starting QB as he has in his entire career. He showed that he could do something more than simply manage a game. But even if he continues to play at that level, should the Vikings consider him the starter for next year? That would worry me a bit. I'm not convinced Jackson's anything more than a solid backup. A more athtletic version of Gus, if you will.