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Backup QB Situation To Remain Fluid

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 7, 2009 – 3:40 pm

Perhaps the best way to summarize the Vikings QB situation over the past several seasons is to call if fluid. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress acknowledged as much on Monday while speaking with reporters at Winter Park.

“I would just say that we’ve been to the third quarterback for all the years that I’ve been here,” Childress said.

Describing the Vikings QB situation as fluid is not a blanket indictment of the caliber of play. In fact, there has been solid and even spectacular play from Vikings QBs recently. But the position has also experienced its share of adversity.

For now, though, the starting position seems to be in good hands with future Hall of Famer Brett Favre at the helm. The backup position, however, still remains fluid.

With Favre as the team’s starter, both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will battle for the backup job. Childress wouldn’t declare a backup for this Sunday’s game at Cleveland and he also stated that it might remain a fluid situation throughout the season.

“It might (change), it might by opponent, without giving you any leads on it,” Childress acknowledged. “Yeah, I think it could change from time to time.”

Childress also explained the advantage of having 3 players at the position with the ability to step into the lineup and win games. The Vikings currently enjoy that position, with Favre being backed up by veterans Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

“All you’ve got to do is look at the numbers of guys with starts in the league, how many started all 16 games, and I think it was sixteen out of thirty-two,” Childress said. “You don’t want (to play multiple QBs in a season), that’s not your first preference. But you need to have good players at that position and those two guys (Jackson and Rosenfels) are good players, as well as number four (Favre).”


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5 Responses to “Backup QB Situation To Remain Fluid”

  1. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 7, 2009 | Reply

    To me this is a no brainer jackson is the backup.Sage is a very good option for the backup when jackson takes over this yr.They both can learn a lot from playing with favre this yr and jackson has the experience with this offense that sage doesn’t and clearly he out played sage this preseason.Jackson is more mobile and needs to make better decisions under pressure but he has played well after coming of the bench last yr.I think a yr lor 2 playing off the bench and sage will make a good 1-2punch with jackson at qb.Its been nice to read so many fans finally backing jackson lately and he will make us believers look good to the nay sayers.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 7, 2009 | Reply

    Jackson needs to be the guy to come in on Wildcat formations. Favre is not a Wildcat type of QB, and while Sage is a little younger he is no better. But with Jackson’s scrambling he’ll fit in perfectly. It makes a great way to let the old guy (#4) rest and regroup himself for a play or two and then really knock the defense off their heels when he comes back in.

  3. By PurpleReign on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    I must say I am extatic that they held on to Jackson. I have criticized him over the past several years like everyone else, but he has really begun to be impressive. Could be that he was just a slow bloomer…whatever the case may be, he is vastly improved and adds an extra eliment with his legs that the other two do not.

  4. By Jason on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    Sage should be backup hands down. TJ isn’t consistant enough and just doesn’t bring anything really. He is a good third stringer.

  5. By fmfan on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Jason Sage has 0-tds,1-int and Tarvaris has 3-tds,0-int this preseason and you think Sage is better get real..

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