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Rosenfels Not Focussed On Uncertainty

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 2, 2009 – 5:47 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday that part of the reason he’ll rest his starters on Friday night is to give some of the younger players who are fighting to make the 53-man roster a chance to play. But there is at least one veteran who will receive significantly more playing time on Friday night because Favre, an 18-year veteran himself, will be resting.

That player is Sage Rosenfels, who is competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the team’s 2nd-string job. Asked by reporters about the “uncertainty” that seems to exist surrounding his position on the depth chart at this late stage in the preseason, Rosenfels was unphased and was clearly focussed on playing well when his opportunity to play arises.

“I feel certain that I can play well in this league. That’s what I feel certain about,” Rosenfels said. “I feel like if and when this team needs me, I can play at a very high level. I think I’ve played pretty well this preseason, I think I’ve played well since we left Mankato and obviously I think at the end of Mankato I think I’m playing high quality football. My goal is to continue to play at a high pace and continue that.”

Rosenfels is 12 of 16 for 117 yards so far this preseason, and he’ll have an opportunity to add to those numbers on Friday night against the Cowboys. Childress said he has not decided who will start the game, but that didn’t seem to phase Rosenfels, either.

“I don’t know,” Rosenfels said when asked how much he’d play Friday night. “I don’t anything. I just always try to prepare to play as much as the team needs me and try to execute when I’m out there, whether it’s the beginning of the game, end of the game, somewhere in the middle, I just try to execute in all phases.

“I think I’ve done a lot of good things when I’ve been in there. I’ve made very few mistakes and that’s half the battle as a quarterback is to not make mistakes. I’m just trying to execute the offense and I think I’ve done a pretty good job when I’ve been in…we’ve moved the ball for the most part. The key is to just make the most of each play you’re out there.”

As for Jackson, he and Rosenfels split reps during Wednesday’s practice. Jackson has put up solid numbers so far this preseason as well, even registering a perfect passer rating against the Chiefs at the Metrodome on August 21. His totals through 3 games are: 21-32 passing for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions.


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26 Responses to “Rosenfels Not Focussed On Uncertainty”

  1. By PAVikesFan on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    Tough deal for Sage. He has played pretty well. Put yourself in his shoes at this point. He signs a free agent deal b/c he thinks he has the upper hand in winning the starting spot. He goes through all the off-season camps, workouts, OTA’s. He plays the first pre-season game as the the #1, plays pretty well. Next thing u know, he wakes up, turns on ESPN, and his head coach, whom has been on his side thus far, is at the airport picking up Brett Favre. How would you feel if you were him?

  2. By Brownicus on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    Its tough for Sage, but I’m still willing to bet Sage will get a chance to compete for the starting job next season and will win the #2 spot behind Favre. TJack might be traded sometime this season, otherwise they could keep TJack and use him in a wildcat formation, but that takes away the element of surprise in those situations.

    I don’t think the Vikes would want to waive TJack, he is a bargain trade deal, low salary with starting experience, and someone at some point will be looking for a QB. Plus if he’s waived there’s a chance the packers or the lions could pick him up, who both probably could use another QB.

  3. By optimisticskeptic on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    I love the fact that we’re in this position! All 4 QB’s are worth keeping, T-Jack is a great athlete who’s getting better w/experince, Sage looks solid, JDB looks good for a 2nd year project. I’d have a hard time cutting any of these guys. I say keep ‘em all for wildcat+40 yr old injury insurance.

  4. By ibleedpurple on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    Anyone else see the article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune? Looks like the Vikings are shopping around to see what TJ’s worth is for a trade. If that is the case then this Friday’s game is REALLY important to him. Obviously, the better he does the higher his stock goes, both with the Vikings and prospective takers. If he is as smart as a lot of his supporters say he is, then his numbers ought to soar in this game. Because if Chilly does decide to trade him then he’ll be able to cut a much better deal then he could have ever of hoped for at the end of last season. Either way, this ought to be a pretty good game to watch.

  5. By clr624 on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    TJack is a great young QB, if he gets traded the Vikes will come to regret it. He was player of the week in week 15 last season, he had a perfect QB rating in the only outing of any length in the preseason, he works like crazy, he is not a ‘Prima Donna” guy who would cause problems is he waits a year unti Farve retires again after this year. He also is the only one who could walk in to run the offense if the forty year old goes down wth an injury. Nothing bad to say about the other guys its just that TJack’s upside is sooo great. Brad, Keep TJ-you drafted him for a reason and he is showing you you made the right choice. GO VIKES, I love TJack!

  6. By purple08 on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    hey pavikes fan. if i was sage i would feel pretty good about making that kind of money with his talent. don’t feel too sorry for him, remember it is only business.

  7. By PAVikesFan on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    Sometimes it’s not always about the money. No, I don’t feel “sorry” for him, but he’s not getting any younger. He’s not going to get too many more opps. to start at QB

  8. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    I’m getting the impression that Sage is likely intended as the interim starter (after Brett) until we draft and train in a franchise QB.

  9. By optimisticskeptic on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    who will be a better QB in 2 years when favre contract ends? agin’ sage’n or young and steadily improving TJ learning under one of the games best ever? this is a guy with no experience, from a div 2 college, and has competed and played equally w/2 veteran mediocre QB’s (ring a bell) for 3 years now (in a league that is awful for QB’s that play any snaps in first 3 years). i’m not gonna say TJ is a pro-bowler, but he’s been as good as you can ask considering no consistent veteran leadership, and mediocre recieving core (prior to this year).
    one more point: aging mediocre/lifetime-backup QBs have not been the solution to vikings issues in past 3 years.

  10. By Viking-ology on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    I agree w/ PPE. Sage will be #2.Optskep. has a good point as well, but vikes haven’t had a franchise QB since Tarkington. This could be their chance in the upcoming draft. Now the Chilli is looking to trade TJ (whether we agree or not) That relationship is likely over. But, anything can change in an instant in the NFL. So all we can do is armchair QB ourselves to a SB championship-Go Vikings!

  11. By rap99 on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    i wish i knew what you TJ fans see, because i’ve been watching for 4 years now, and have seen no real improvement. he still can’t read a defense, still does not look off defenders, he is not accurate, and does not see open receivers quick enough. did you see favre last week looking off defenders, and pump fake, thats a real QB. take whatever we can get for TJ, and go after a real QB. this team is built to win now! we can’t wait another 4 years then decide TJ is not an nfl QB!

  12. By xXxVikesFanxXx on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    TJack is improving just like every other qb does. take a look at how he did against KC. But do you think we would be better without him? TJack has speed as well, if someone’s not open he’ll take the run and gain yards. And because of his speed, that separates him from the other Vikings QBs.
    Now go look at TJack’s stats and compare him to Sage from last season and tell me who you’d keep.

    Now I’m not saying trade either but when Brett retires maybe at the end of this year or next, who should we rely on then? Sage is already getting old and Booty doesn’t really have that much experience to be a starter. Our best bet would be TJack and the Vikings will regret trading him if they do.

  13. By clr624 on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings trading TJack would be a real mistake, he has all the natural ability to be a real success in the NFL. He came from a small college and the jump was a big one. Can a quarterback be more than perfect? TJack was in week 2. Farve is a 40year old qb and he will be hit. I hope he keeps his streak of never missing a game in tack, but common sense says that what he could deal with at 28, might not be the same as 40. We need a great back up and Tjack is it. Sorry sage, but while Farve may be this seasons answer, TJack is the future, after all the work he and the coaches have put in to develop his great skills it would be a true error to trade away all that ability and all those years ahead. GO VIKES-I love TJack

  14. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    I see they want to trade t-jack what a mistake.I hope no one wants him that way they will cut booty.favre will play one yr and then we will have sage,with t-jack or booty.So if it’s sage and booty what happens if sage gets hurt(we are done)I see it as if we can’t trade t-jack we won’t release him we will release booty who hasn’t shown anything.We have to keep t-jack so that next yr there will be a good compititon at qg with sage and t-jack.Letiing t-jack go would get ride of our safty valve and we would have one qb with and experience and none that have experience with the offense we now have.I’m on the keep t-jack side.

  15. By Canadian vikes fan on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings have a huge decision to make. Sage has played consistently well this preseason but at his age I don’t see any big improvement in his game, but he’s solid. TJack on the other hand is still sort of a question mark, but he has shown flashes of brilliance, like the Arizona game last year or the KC game this year, where his level of play exceeds what I think Sage is capable of. I’d like it if they could keep both, but if that’s not possible then its tough but I think Sage should go. Age should be factored into the decision.

  16. By rap99 on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    TJ BLOWS, thats why no team wants him!624 perfect in pre-season? who cares!! thats like scoring on your sister!TJ has not improved in 4 years! he would not start on any other team in the NFL!!!thats what you want for the vikes? i want a real QB so we can win. TJ lost the playoff game VS. philly, if chilly brings in gus the 2nd half we win. we need a real QB to take over for favre. Did you see favre look off defenders, and pump fake the dbs, TJ never did that! be realistic, if TJ was good he would have held onto the starting job!

  17. By purple08 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    your an idiot. shaddup already. you know s h i t.

  18. By rap99 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    PURPLE what makes you an expert? i have not heard any pearls of wisdom from you. from all your comments i’ve read, i’d say you were 9 years old and really don’t know much about football or the QB position. you just like TJ for some reason. thats fine, but i would rather have a good QB!

  19. By optimisticskeptic on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    rap99, lol to the scoring on sister pre-season remark. you ask what we see in TJ? I agree, not a pro bowler, and not good at making quick reads. But, he’s a guy who consistently buys an extra 2 seconds while scrambling until he does find a receiver (like the dugan TD and the Shiance TD in game 2 of p.s.). Also, a guy who is so hesitant with the ball he doesn’t throw many pics. I would not take TJ over brady, or favre, but I’d take him over at least 10 other starting QB’s, and ANY backup QB in this league. I can’t wait to see how good he is in his 18th ever start in 2 years (following our second consecutive super bowl).

  20. By optimisticskeptic on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    i meant to make a point about how he’s got his own, unconventional style that makes him valuable. kind of like winfield, who on paper doesn’t have all the right tools or body to be a pro-bowl corner, yet is a complete stud. winfield is weak against certain plays, gives too much cushion to short throws at times, but makes up for it by never missing a tackle and sniffing out the run, and forcing fumbles. would you want us to trade aw for some other corner that’s taller, faster or makes more pics?

  21. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    To u jackson haters He hasn’t played 4 trs as some said not even 3 and he has showed improvement,If u think what we will have will be better if we trade jackson it u that knows nothing about football.Many qb’s get atleast 3 or 4 yrs to prove themselves and as was said eli was about as good as jackson is now when he was in his 3rd yr and showed about the same improvement.I have seen more from jackson at the end of last yr and preseason to say keep him and he has played agiainst some first string in preseason and did very well.anyone that says trade jackson and keep booty is the true idiot.

  22. By rap99 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    OPTIMISTIC, i understand your point, i don’t know if i totally agree with it, we have a different opinion on what type of QB we would want to lead our team. if TJ is our QB again i will root for him b/c i’m a viking fan, if he leads us to a superbowl victory, i wiil be the first to say i was wrong. i hope he does become a good QB, i just don’t think he will.

  23. By sagesucks on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    Sage proved to be as inconsistent and indecisive as a high school intermediate playing in a high ranked college game. Booty and TJax will be the backups to Favre. You heard it here first…Sage will be traded!

  24. By purple08 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    have to agree with you vikingfan1955. sorry rap99, just tired of hearing you beating a dead horse on every post. by the way, i am 10 years old, thank you very much, and i still know more about football than you ever will. shaddap! Childress for coach of the year! you hate him too, right rap?

  25. By purple08 on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    rap- also what do you mean ” i don’t know if i totally agree with it” you totally hate jackson and said he is basically a piece of garbage. don’t backtrack now and try to change your tune. stick to your guns rap.

  26. By shoe on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    you are a nimrod rap. how did romo and eli manning do against philly d in the playoffs? swag rossen whatever 6 games 10 ints and four fumbles jackson 9 tds and 2 ints. you do the math. crank of shank drops a would be game wining tochdown in the opener at lambaugh last season i guess that’s jackson fault too. It’s really amazes me how stupid some people are. Did you see swag pee that game awy against indy last year.

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