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.
i live in chi-town these days, so i haven't been able to see too many games this year. even by hearsay and monday morning recaps, i was unconvinced by everyone gushing over t-jack's step-in performance over the lions. i mean, they are the lion's for cat's sake.
however, i was able to see the game against the cardinals, and i will admit to being impressed (i don't remember who said it, but the remark about "gps-guided throws" did make me chuckle). that being said, i'm not sold either. obviously, he deserves the next start. i've always had more faith in him than others, though it's lessened over time.
is he the future? dunno. but, if he keeps this up... i'm listening.
One game makes him a hero??? Sounds like the same old Rhetoric we heard when Culpepper was leading the Vikes... year after year the excuses of he is young and will develop and he has so much talent. Jackson completed what 11 passes against the Cardinals, yes 4 for TDs and they were big passes but can he win the big game? I think not and like idiotic Cardinals fans, they win a game and everyone thinks superbowl. Jackson need to prove he can win a string of big games. That is what Frerrote did. Picked the team up and won.
He is the best we have and that aint saying much... thank God for A Peterson.