Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress held his pre-camp press conference on Thursday among a larger-than-usual contingent of media members. The pre-camp press conference typically draws the largest media crowd of camp, but this year the opening press conference was more heavily-attended because of the scope of the Vikings current QB situation.
Brett Favre’s decision to stay retired and not join the Vikings at training camp put an end to the NFL’s highest profile offseason story, but it doesn’t mean the spotlight on the Vikings QB competition will dim. With Favre out of the picture, the same 2 QBs who took reps during OTAs and mincamps this offseason – Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels – will battle for the starting job.
“You want to know a standard of performance,” Childress responded when asked what he’s looking to find in the QB competition. “You want to know what you can expect each and every time you go on the football field. I think that’s the biggest thing you look for at every position.”
Competition among the Vikings 3 QBs will gain the most traction in newspaper headlines and at the water cooler, but Childress also stressed that there will be plenty of competition up and down the Vikings roster.
“We’re going to have competition at a bunch of positions, whether it be competition for the starting position or competition to be on this 53-man roster,” Childress explained. “We’re going to let some very good football players go here before it’s over.
“I was struck by one of the quotes and I shared it with the guys. ‘These guys are competing for one of the most impermanent jobs in our society.’ It’s true. It’s very difficult to be a professional football player and let alone to be one for very long. Guys like Antoine Winfield, guys like Pat Williams that have done it for ten-odd years, are the exception rather than the rule.”
Tags: Sage Rosenfels
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 2 Comments »