Rosenfels: “This is a marathon”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 31, 2009 – 1:48 pm

Because of the high-profile nature of the Vikings current QB situation, many will rush the judgment of whether Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels should be the Vikings starter come Week 1 of the regular season. But the truth is, that ultimate judgment won’t be rushed at all and will, in fact, take some time to be determined.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress conveyed that message during his press conference following practice on Friday and Rosenfels echoed a similar sentiment.

“It’s the first day,” Rosenfels said. “This is a marathon out here, not just training camp but the whole season. It’s a start and we installed some of the basics of our offense. Every day is a learning experience.”

With just 1 practice so far at training camp, there isn’t nearly enough information to begin breaking down the battle between Jackson and Rosenfels. In fact, it’s difficult to even determine how it was decided who would take the 1st team reps to open practice.

“I’m not sure how they did that last night, I would have to go in and check on that,” Childress said. “You guys are more in tune to that. We are just trying to get them all different reps.”

While even Childress acknowledged on Thursday that it would be ideal to have an established player under center heading into camp, the reality is that the Vikings don’t sit in that position. As a result, and as is the case with many other positions on the team this year, there will be a genuine competition for the starting job. And in determining the identity of the starter, Jackson and Rosenfels will have to split reps with the 1st team.

“It’s not the premier situation you’d like to have,” Rosenfels said on Friday. “You’d like to be throwing with Bobby (Wade) and Bernard (Berrian) and (Visanthe) Shiancoe and all those guys on every throw. But that’s not what we’re going to do and the best way for us to compete is to split those reps and make the most of them.”

The magnitude of the Jackson/Rosenfels decision will be a key to the Vikings prospects for success in 2009. And while Childress doesn’t know who his starting QB will be for Week 1, at least he knows that both men competing for job have the proper attitude.

“I’m just coming here to compete, just like I would do if I was named the starter,” Jackson said after practice on Friday. “I wouldn’t work any different. I work hard anyway and I just take it as I’m trying to prove myself anyway. I am competing against [Rosenfels] but I’m also competing against myself. Just trying to get better.”

Said Rosenfels: “I have a lot of confidence in what I’m doing. I feel like I know this game really, really well. I feel like I’m prepared. I’ll never go into a practice or game unprepared and I think that’s the key to success for a quarterback.”

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