Vikings Continue Weighing Options At QB

Posted by cjsiewert on August 31, 2010 – 5:53 am

Since the beginning of training camp the Vikings were certain that they would have 3 QBs to help the team prepare for its 50th season. But now after Brett Favre’s return there’s been a wealth of speculation on what the organization is going to do with its group of backup QBs.

The answer to that question: Nobody knows.

It may even be the case that the Vikings coaches and executives haven’t made a decision yet. The coaching staff will have to cut the roster down to 75 players on Tuesday but the 3 backup QBs will more than likely stay on board to see playing time this Thursday night against the Denver Broncos in the final preseason game at Mall of America Field. The final 53-man roster will be determined on Saturday.

We’ll curb any speculation as to how this scenario will pan out, but with that in mind, each QB has shown their worth to this team throughout the preseason workouts and during the first 3 preseason games.

Here’s what we’ve seen from each backup QB to this point:

As was the case last season, Tarvaris Jackson has spent the preseason as Favre’s backup and earned that role by way of his continued improvement over recent years. In 2007, Jackson guided the Vikings offense to the #13 ranking in the NFL, a jump from #23 in 2006. He was also a key factor to the Purple’s 5-game winning streak toward the end of the season. The 5-year veteran furthered his progression in 2008 by helping the team win 2 of its last 3 games to claim the NFC North title. Week 15 saw #7 throw for 4 TDs while posting a career-best 135.5 passer rating.

During the course of the preseason, Jackson has completed 10 of 18 passes for 58 yards. He has also rushed for 23 yards on 3 attempts with a long of 14 yards. Jackson started the Vikings 1st preseason game against the St. Louis Rams and has backed up Favre for the last 2 games, which may be an indication that he will retain the #2 QB role, but again, that decision has yet to be made. Head coach Brad Childress has mentioned that he’s been impressed with Jackson’s growth and ‘evolution’ during preseason practices.

After his acquisition by the Vikings prior to the 2009 season, Sage Rosenfels has spent his career in purple as the #3 QB. That has continued to be the situation throughout the preseason as Rosenfels has thrown for 392 yards and 4 TDs with a 63.8 completion percentage (30-for-47). The difference this season is that the 10-year veteran seems to have found a higher comfort level under center as a Vikings QB. He’s shown great poise and passing accuracy this preseason.

In what seems to be the wild card in this whole state of affair is the raw athletic ability of rookie QB Joe Webb. Webb was selected by the Vikings in the 6th round (199th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and ever since his inception to the organization he’s continued to provide the team with a multitude of options. He began rookie minicamp as a WR but the coaching staff felt it was best suited for the former Blazer to return to his natural position under center. The 1st-year QB was the 1st QB in NCAA history to pass for 2,000+ yards and rush for 1,000+ yards in back-to-back seasons and that ability has seemingly translated to the NFL. Webb has made plays this preseason with his arm and his legs, completing 12 of 21 passes (57.1%) for 91 yards and 2 TDs while rushing the football 7 times for 78 yards and a TD. Webb’s rushing TD came on a 48-yard sprint down the middle of the field where he outran the entire San Francisco 49er defense.

Thursday night’s final preseason game may sway the Vikings coaching staff in one way or another to make a decision, but until Saturday, any guess on which backup QBs will make the final roster is as good as another.

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104 Responses to “Vikings Continue Weighing Options At QB”

  1. By Bigfan1 on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Let Jackson go keep Webb and Rosenfels.

  2. By mnsoldier on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    5 yrs and your still calling Tjack a work in progress. Can I have a contract to pay me millions to be a work in progress? I didnt think so. You shouldnt waste more time on his progression, dump him and go with sage and bring Webb along as he has more QB instinct than Jackson will ever have.

  3. By joey on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Keep all three quarterbacks cause when favre ‘retires’ next year or gets too hurt This year, you will need a qb and two back-ups! They ALL looked good in preseason=Keep them(especially web!, he’s gonna be a super star in the future…*

  4. By brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jackson needs to go.

  5. By brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I also agree that Webb is more of a qb than jackson will ever be and he is just a rookie. Let HIM be the work in progress….

  6. By Eugene on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I hope the “Keeping” involves Joe Webb

  7. By Dustin on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    T-Jack signed a 1yr contract, so that needs to be taken into account. If Favre really leaves next yr we will be left with Webb(assuming we trade sage) if T-Jack decides that this team has left him on the back burner for the last few years and may decide to move to another team. We still need to figure that. If T-Jack is really worth keeping then let him play in the games like the Giants and Dallas game where we won by 47-7 and 34-3, there is no need to keep favre in a game that is already over and risk injury. Let T-Jack take over the game when we are ahead by 21pts or more. that amount of points would give the team plenty of warning if the game was in jeopardy if the other team was catching up.

  8. By John-Karl on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Let Jackson go
    and the first two pargraphs are about how jackson is in progress.
    he may have done things in 2006 but we/you should be looking at what
    he is done this Preseaon and what he did last year.
    This year he has Played and he has got no Touchdowns.
    where all the rest of the QB’s have.
    Even Webb Got a Touchdown before he has on Webb’s first Series.

  9. By vikings012 on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    ya i agree with u guys lets jackson go and keep favre, sage, and webb sage and webb have done better than jackson and id feel better with sage under center than jackson i hope they dont keep all 4 cuz thats jus a waist and we would be cuttin someone who could really help us instead of sittin on the bench hopefully the vikings staff will make the right decision GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!

  10. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    goodbye t.j. let go chilie, if any stepping in needs to be done sage will manage the team,,,!

  11. By reality Check on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    We need a stadium, let go the extra baggage, Tjoke needs to go, this is not high school its the Not-For-Long. Sage looks solid to backup Favre the Legend, and Webb has great raw talent and is already better that T-Joke. Why is there even a question here? Let go Tavaris now, a bench warmer you is the only one that couldn’t move the team up the feild in pre-season yet. Next to go is Big Mac what a waste of size, this guy needs to starting blocking for Favre now or give a rookie a shot, most of the rookies are playing their hearts out.

  12. By Danny on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry but Tjack has to go Vikes.

  13. By Light Bulb on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jackson just hasn’t shown the “it” that winning QB’s have. He plays cautiously and concentrates on game management which keeps the turnovers down but is a sign the guy doesn’t have field vision and can’t read defenses.
    Sad to see him struggle so bad. Let him move to a city where he might get a fresh start.

  14. By Jeremy on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry, but i think we put to much time and money into TJ already. We need to let him go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By VikingsDx3 on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Rosenfels & Webb.

  16. By Shane on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Here is the thing.. Everyone shouldn’t get so Ecstatic about Joe Webb. This is the exact thing we did with Tavaris Jackson years ago. Everyone gets excited about a young, raw, developmental QB of the future. Here is the thing, he played for UAB (which played who? and what caliber defenses?) And now we like his athletic ability and his speed? how many fast athletic QB’s are starting in the league right now? We need to draft a real prospect next year.. maybe the Kid from Arkansas or the dude from Florida St. Either way we needed to take clausen this year when we had the chance. Everyone has their own opinions, but Im just sayin maybe we shouldn’t hold him in such high regard from two mediocre performances in the preseason against 3rd string Defenses.

  17. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with everyone on here and that is to let fo of TJoke. I have noticed that Sage is picking at Favre’s brain to learn everything that he can from the legend. Why get rid of someone that is showing that much improvement to learn. It looks like Sage is ready to be Favre’s backup and take over the team next year or if not at least a heck of a lot better than TJoke. You never see TJoke next to Favre trying to learn from him in games or even in pictures from practices. Sage has seem to show he can do it and take over if need be. I mean look at it he is the one that actually gave us the first touchdown in the Seattle game while TJoke just saw the grass on the field sitting on his butt. So all in all GET RID OF TJOKE. Why wait and see? TJoke is the weakest link in the QB position on the team.

  18. By secondnature815 on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Mark my words…. Joe Webb is going to be a superstar in the NFL. Wake up!!!! Chilly!!!

  19. By Bruce on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Most Vike fans want TJ to go and Sage to stay. I agree, I think Sage is learning alot from Favre and has another 5 years of play in him. But do we really think that Brad or the owners listen to us fans??? Yes the fans that pay their wages, yes the fans that buy all the products, yes the fans that bring in all the money for this organization to win. Well guess what fans? They don’t listen, they don’t care. If a head coach has his favorite, that is who is going to stay regardless of who would be better in playing games. I mean think about it. We sit here on this blog and tell this team that we financially support that we want things fixed. We don’t want POOR protection on the left side. We want better blocking. We don’t want the head coach calling 4 run plays in a row just to hand the ball over after a GREAT DRIVE! We are at the mercy of MORONS who don’t listen to the ones that pay their salary. Does this remind you of something? Yes Viking Fans, this team and the management are the government and we are stuck paying for things we don’t like.

  20. By Bruce on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Give me the Head Coach position and I will get you all a Championship! I will use what works and not use what won’t work. I will use players that do their job well consistantly and not use players who keep making mistakes. I will LISTEN to veterans who have a desire to win and know how to win. I won’t be so hard headed that I have to prove my authority at the risk of losing games. And I will LISTEN to the fans because believe it or not, there are fans out there who have been watching football for years and really do know what they are talking about! Sometimes you have to go outside the box to see what is wrong inside the box.

  21. By Shane on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Again, we just need to draft a solid prospect next year, we have avoided it for years.

  22. By rocksalt on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Childress needs to look more closely at results/performance in games rather than in practice. Tjack may look like an all pro in practice, but in a game he looks lost.
    Sage looks better.

  23. By Matthew Anderson on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    why do people say keep sage and let go jackson? sage will make more money this year than jackson so that doesnt make sense when obviously the coaching staff thinks jackson is better anyway. i say keep jackson and webb

  24. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    ok now that does not make any sense Matthew to let go of Sage if he is going to make more money. If Sage is going to make more money and bring more money in then TJake then why get rid of Sage?

  25. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    TJake has not proved anything in the games other then he knows how to land on the ground and give the ball to Peterson.

  26. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    It looks like he is not even trying to learn from Favre

  27. By TonyO on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly has to end his bromance with T-Jack. I would like to see them both hit the road. One has no mechanics, no ability to read defenses, and no leadership abilities. The other has no game management skills. Not a good combination for a QB and Head Coach. Talk Cowher out of retirement and sign a long term QB (maybe Matt Moore from the Panthers ?). This season is going to be very interesting…………….

  28. By rusty on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    T-Joke. I like it, and will use it, and will always credit you, cus YOU ARE THE MAN!

  29. By yukonjack on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    T-jack looks good in practice but when he has week to prepare for a game, he looks bad. He is better when he is just thrown in the game. Even this season in pre-season games hje has just not worked. Sage has just looked more comfortable. Let Sage try just once with the first string o-line.

  30. By Sean C on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Sage is making 2 or 3 million dollars next year for what? Backing Favre up? Naa. TJ is not as bad as you all are saying he has not gotten a full season to truly show his stuff. Were Favre to get hurt, I would want him backing us up instead of Sage-he is a turnover machine. Keep TJ and Webb b/c of the money and because of the talent

  31. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    TJack has no talent from what you can see in the preseason games other then handing the ball to Peterson. Look at the Seattle game that is pretty much all he did and getting hit. TJack is not able to run this team other then to the ground. Next year Favre will probably not be with the vikings he will probably retire so keep the guy that is learning and picking Favre’s brain here in Minnesota and get rid of the one that lands on his back all the time. Keep Sage and let go of Jackson.

  32. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    TJack is only good at a couple of things that is landing on the ground, giving the ball to Peterson, and choking. He should be named T-Choke

  33. By SHAWN on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply


  34. By Imset13 on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I do agree that jackson’s gotta go, I believe he might even cause a rift in the lockerroom should he become the starting quarterback next year. Joe Webb to me shows some promise with his athleticism, and sage to me was the best quarterback overall between the three competing qb’s. We should trade him now for what we can get and develope Webb under sage, whom is obviously learning more from favre than Jackson.

  35. By viking joe on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    why keep t-jack preseason says it all! no improvement ,sage is progress…. webb is improvement

  36. By SHAWN on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    yah lets keep sage…32 yrs old 10yrs. off “experience” Int’s dorf his TD’s…yet he still has ta be taught tha game…T-jak has half tha experience n still has better stats now, which will only get better with a GOOD coach…sage is a younger Guss…same trash different pile…

  37. By Karl on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Why is it that everyone and their mothers realize that we need to dump TJack, keeping the other 3, and yet Chily insists he has “evolved” and should remain the #2?

  38. By Bleedin Purple on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Brad work on your grammar kid. “showing that much improvement to learn.” wow… BTW AP had the first TD.

  39. By Bleedin Purple on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly has been setting up TJ for failure most of the preseason because of his predictable play calls. If everybody watching the game knows what plays are coming not hard for Defenses to call the right counter for the play. Open up the playbook for TJ and if he still can’t get it done then we’ve tried everything we can for the kid. Then do what you gotta do, but don’t judge him by his performance against Seattle cause everyone knew what was coming before it happened during his series.

  40. By Silverfox2dallas on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    We must keep Joe Webb for he is the vikings future, He is a much better athlete then Tjack and sage. He reminds me of a young Mike Vick but with much better throwing style, He has a cannon for an arm and can move the pocket even at the pro level with quiet an ease Tjack must stay and im sorry to say but Sage must go if not we will never develop Joe into the talent that he is surely to become

  41. By Bruce on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    “I CAN’T WAIT TIL FAVRE GOES DOWN” Yeah Shawn, spoken like a TRUE Vikes fan! Go back to Green Bay where you belong!

  42. By Skol_Vikings on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Man the TJ hate fest is so strong. I love how fans know everything. Fans, who I’m sure, watch hundereds of hours of film, observe practice, have decades of experience in coaching and excuting football, are fully aware of all players intimate medical histories, know beyond a doubt all team chemistry issues, and know exactly how to handel the future with a CBA coming up and your QB retiring next year, and fans who love to base opinions based on performances against third teams. Your all such experts, why bother hiring a coach and staff? Why not just have a fan of the day call the shots?

    Give me a break guys. 1, with Jackson, you need to give him one last shot in the fire to see if he’s better or not. If he fails he goes, but for the love of pete, if the coaches think he’s improved to the level of being competent, give him 1 chance. Sage does look better, and Webb could very well be the QB of the future. Maybe you put Webb on the practice squad and keep TJ and Sage for next season or in case Favre gets hurt.

  43. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    The reason most of us are in Sage’s camp is due to his noticeable improvement where Tavaris unfortunately has not shown much to date.

    [IF] for what ever reason – God forbid – Brett should be unable to play at some point during 2010 / 2011, it seems there is much higher confidence that Sage clearly appears to be able to smoothly take over the offense and maintain the rythm with the other players.

    This will be an immencely critical element to maintain the necessary offensive fluidity through out this season.

    I hope, that after Thursday’s game, the management finds a way to keep Tavaris as a 3rd string; Sage is promoted to a solid #2 back up; Webb if necessary is put in at WR or special teams for his rookie season.

    I know Tavaris Jackson has the talent to be a very successful NFL QB but, with the Vikings apparent need to cut a QB, it seems that he can’t find the comfort level he needs to mesh smoothly with the offense – players and coordinator – where Sage certainly has and Webb seems to be quickly assimilating.

    As far as drafting a rookie and shoving him right into the trench and expecting him to immediately perform in his first few years in the NFL, well that is just a ridiculous dream. All of us have seen enough of these cases over the past ten years to know that it takes 8 to 10 years of development before a young QB is honed enough to run an offense successfully, not great but successfully. And that most likely doesn’t come with one team.

    If a team is going to hang its future on a “hot shot” college QB and expect immediate results then they need to make the HUGE investment in recreating the same offense that the “hot shot” is used to running. That is really taking a huge investment risk and therefore doesn’t make good sense. So it goes back to a standard QB development process of 8 to 10 years.

    QB success at the collegiate level does not automaticly translate into NFL success – remember Gino Terretta, John David Booty, etc? Players like Peyton Manning are a 1:75,000. Let’s just watch and see how Bradford and Tebow perform over the next few seasons. The Heisman has been much more of a curse on the winners’ potential for success in the NFL then an indicator of uninterupted success.

    It would seem I have been arguing to keep Tavaris Jackson, which I would be if this were any other season but, the 2010 – 2011 Minnesota Vikings team is at an EXTREMELY rare and unique place in time that only comes around once if ever. The current Vikings have the all round best coaches, the best players and best fans, all lead by an incredable future Hall of Fame QB coming off his best year ever – all of these factors together in the same place at once at this point in time. That being said, I have higher confidence in Sage Rosenfels NOT missing a step then I do in Tavaris as a back up to Favre. Sage has shown that he is at the “sweet spot” in his career development where Tavaris has a few more years before he reaches his. I have higher confidence in Sage being able to take over entirely with 75% of the season left and winning the Super Bowl when the final whistle blows on the season.

    If the coaches and managers have to wait until the final day to make their decision on the QB’s then that speaks extremely well for Tavaris and Sage. I really hope they find a way to keep both.


  44. By John on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    t.joke has to go thats all there is to it.

  45. By matt on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    this is what the vikes should do. First trade travaris jackson for at the very least some sorta draft pick. after that, they should keep sage and webb, then during this years nfl draft. try to trade up, for a great prospect for qb and have him and webb compete against each other in the next season.

  46. By matt on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings are going to have to do some rebuilding to the offense of line and qb this next off-season to be contenders after favre leaves. Keeping sage would be the best thing, due to him actually doing all he can to learn from favre, while jackson had learned nothing. Sage can then mentor the rookie qbs and who knows, maybe favre will become a qb coach for the vikings and keep mentoring webb and if we get one, a great rookie qb prospect.

  47. By Skol_Vikings on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’d be more worried about the line than anything else.

  48. By viking joe on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply


  49. By T-joke on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    to any one that supports T-joke.. dont know what they are doing.. first of all. I am going by the fact.. the coaching staff can not commit to T-JOKE for a full season under center.. and when he was starting two years ago he got benched and we got gus furotte who led us to 10 wins.. not T-JOKE.. so T-joke fans.. what does this say if the coach can not even commit to some one who he seems to have a bromance with .. ??? can any one tell me . i’d rather let sage back up favre and take over next year.. and agree with should of drafted claussen. or draft some one next season.

  50. By Skol_Vikings on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    @ Matt, having met Sage before, I doubt his ideal career goal is mentoring young QB’s. Sage wants to play. Despite the impending retirements next year, I don’t foresee the Vikings being in all out rebuilding mode. Sure there’s a few spots to fill but the core of the team will likely return. Everyone who burns Jackson, Jackson has won 5 games in a row with this team, a feat Sage has not done with any team. Apples and Oranges maybe, and I’ll be the first to say Sage has gotten better this year. But from an organizational standpoint, neither one is really a SB QB (Although Grossman did take the Bears), but Sage in his career has never been comfortable against first team NFL players. Its a much tougher call than “look at the preseason games” against the third team. Even Grossman could pick apart a third team, or he wouldn’t be an NFL QB. Webb is too athletic too let go, and Farve has 16-20 games left. Period. I think his body is done after this. The point is, its not an easy decision, and I get annoyed when people think they have all the inside information

  51. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    @bruce…Im a real Vikes fan…i bet u liked tha cavs until lebron left too??!! Favre will always be a rival too meh…Favre threw 33 td’s 7 piks..but tha key stat tha one dat ended tha season..A pik in tha playoffs jus like T-jak…so becuz he had a good yr that makes it all good?? lol..u would make a great coach…

  52. By Dwayne on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Tuff decisions indeed, glad I am not head coach. we are very lucky to have the QB’s we have, Tavaris in my opinion is better than half the other starting QBs in the league, remember, it takes about five years in the NFL to be a good quality QB.I didn’t say great, I said good, and this is Tavaris’s fifth year, granted there are those very rare and very few occasions that a QB from collage can play right away, but most put in that situation do tend to struggle the first few years. The NFL has a lot more to learn than at the collage level, so here is what I think, keep Tavaris and Sage, then keep Webb as a wide receiver, that is the position he was drafted as anyway, you can always plug Webb in any time for the wild cat. this way we can retain all of them so when Brett does retire ( I believe this is his last year any ways, his body is yelling at him to stop) we still have the guys that know the system. and in this year we can develop Webb. I know that our QB’s would be a welcome site in many teams. Some of you must not be watching the same vikings game that I am, I see Tavaris next to Favre all the time looking and learning, did you not see that this past pre season game, so for the ones that say T J is not a good QB is greatly mistaken, The only thing I see is the game needs to slow down a little more for him, and the only way for that to happen is to get him on the field, and the same goes for Sage as well or any QB for that matter.Well I seen a lot of Tarvaris bashing on here and I think it is not justified. remember Tavaris can do things that a Favre, Manning or Brady or even our own Sage cannot do, he can scramble and he can run, and with the way defenses are these days, that is a good thing, it is nice to see our QB’S be able to avoid a sack or getting hammerd to the ground. well I have lots more on my mind regarding the Vikings, but this boy from the north woods will end it here for now.. GO VIKINGS OOORAH!!!!

  53. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    this just in…Sage is headed for tha CFL to compete for a starting position..

  54. By Dan on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I am kind of sick of hearing about how Tavaris is the #2 guy to Brett. He is awful and cannot handle any sort of pressure situations. Keep Rosenfels and Webb! Get Jackson OUT of Minnesota!

  55. By Brent Favere on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hi guy’s it’s Brent. Just letting you know that I’m not sure about next year yet. I love ESPN sitting outside my house and the idea of “Fevere watch 2011″ PPV. You all should see the sweet tractor I have now! I like to rid it just wearing my cut off Wrangler jeans.

    See you all at the Dome this year!


  56. By Bruce on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Shawn, I’m not buying your swamp land. Don’t give me this one key stat BS. Manning’s last key stat was a pic in the Super Bpwl that cost them the game. You see his fans hoping he will fail? A true fan will support the team as a whole, not a part. And yes I would make a great coach. I’m retired and I have coached football and I have played football as well.

  57. By RIck on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    whay are still talking about TJ’s development?? Develope what…he has to go. We have spent way to much $$, effort, time on this guy. The only reason we still mention him is because Chilly brought him here. mistake!!

  58. By luncy on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    My guess is that Chilly at this point realizes T-jack is a bust and that he’s keeping him at #2 it hopes that some desperate team will offer something for him. There is no way the coaching staff seriously thinks T-Jack can play better ball then Sage. Peace

  59. By Daniel on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Brad Childress needs to realize that TJack will never take this team anywhere. I personally like Chilly, but if he decides Tavaris is going to be the #2 QB then Chilly should go.

  60. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    @Im all for supporting tha squad..If we win a Supa Bowl wit farve great…Ive been waiting for yrz…and its long ova due…but if ur a coach as u claim…u dont throw away progress…if I see a kid getting better every yr. Im not gonna boot him off tha team…Jackson is 20 times classier than favre…favre would neva handle himself tha way n e of our back-ups have if he were tha one being held in tha wind…(see Green Bay Org.) And if u are also a “Good” coach as u claim to be, u should be coaching… no ONE man is above the TEAM…from ur comments u strike meh as a guy who plays politics more than coaching…meaning Bruce…u would let ur son play ova a kid who has way more talent…

  61. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    And to the Manning comment….he has more room for error wit a Ring Already…but I also didnt see him win one his first 3 yrs as well…n he PLAYED FULL 16 game seasons no matter ho9w many Intz he threw his rookie yr. and so on…simply becuz they had a REAL coach…u let a player struggle and find his way…wat if all of our employerz fired us 2 days in becuz of messing up….give ur head a shake fella…

  62. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    And to all tha people that dont kno bout tha team like a tru fan…(me) how is T-jak a waste of money and sage isnt…Im sure we paid sage $4 million to neva take a starting snap…and T-jak got a 1yr. $1 million deal…sage is third string…n jackson 2nd…so who is tha bigger waste???

  63. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    to the one who said that Sage only looked good because he was playing against the 3rd string then what about Jackson he was not playing against the 1st string and he was more on his back then anything else. Either he can not do it or the o-line does not like him that well either and just let the defense go after him. Jackson could not really drive this team down the field that good. At least Sage did it pretty constant and got us a touchdown in that game.

  64. By Brad on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    T-Jack is the bigger waste cause he can’t do it for the vikings

  65. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    @ all the comments….its funny how many excuses people make…all i heard is with a legit QB we will win tha BOWL….favre had tha best yr of his life and we didnt even make it to tha bowl ,….we made it one game further in tha playoffs…I dont kno bout u people but for meh its win or go tha F&^# home…Im sure tha next excuse is it was his first yr…blah blah…if he went 33TD’s 7 piks..u cant use dat excuse…and its funny when jackson ran for his life all his starts (since he can scramble unlike favre) it was okay cuz he beat tha rush…but Favre gets banged up…now we need a o-line all of a sudden…Im not takin anything away from Favre he is one of tha best ta do it…tha reason their isnt a Championship for tha becuz of poor coaching..and garbage passing D-Fense…outside of Winfield..

  66. By Mike Dodge on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I read about ten of these comments and I am ondering why everyone is so down on jackson. If anyone needs to go it is Childress! I’ve been saying it since he came. He is not a head coach. He is doing nothing but holding back the team and the PROGRESSION of our players. Jackson has alot of talent.

    Besides that…Let’s move Joe Webb back to WR and keep all of them. Webb is too good of an athlete to sit on the bench and be a third or fourth string quarterback. We could move him into wildcat formations and we all saw his speed against SF

  67. By shawn on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Thx mike finally a smart fan!!

  68. By jrod on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    How about a fresh start for Lienert in Minnesota?? He’s available and could be a starter after Favre decides to retire.

  69. By Lito on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    If Webb is a future QB prospect, then T Jack or Sage has to go. Trade with a humongous offensive lineman, deep threat wide receiver, and a cornerback-special teams player. Number 1 priority of the Vikings is offensive line. If Bret goes down, Vikes may reach playoffs but no Super Bowl. Vikes are playng down the fans’ SB expectations. Season has not even started yet and there are already multiple injury excuses. Oh well. Perhaps LA Vikings!

  70. By paul on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Keep your QB’s but get rid of your overrated offensive linemen.

    How many sacks on Favre so far in perseason, at least 3ea. in only a handfull of snaps.

  71. By deeds on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    jackson should go stick with the vetran rosenfels or we might be in trouble late in the season because of the ankle!!!!!!

  72. By deeds on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    jackson should go stick with the vetran rosenfels or we might get in trouble late in the season because of the ankle !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. By MJ on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’m most worried about the offensive line. If they can’t block, why worry about the QB position. They needed to address the offensive line in the offseason and they didn’t. As far as the QB’s, with Brett’s ankle problem and age, it would be wise to keep both Sage and TJ on the roster. Can’t afford to put Webb on the practice squad and take a chance he may be claimed on waivers. Joe will need to be developed at QB. However, if he’s so raw, it will take quite awhile for that to happen. This team is too good this year and for at least the next couple years to wait for Joe to develope into a starting QB. I’m afraid we are stuck with TJ for this season. He has some talent, but I think he will always be an underachiever because of his work ethic and attitude. Every time I see him on the sideline, he looks like he could care less to learn anything from Brett.

  74. By Derek on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    This is quite funny…After reading half of the comments, I had to stop because everyone is saying to get rid of Tjack. So I just assume the other comments say roughly the same thing! Lets only hope that the Vikings team gets rid of him. Tjack was given a terrible tender to sign, showing him that the Vikings don’t have much faith in him as a star. So they should just get rid of him to keep someone who can actually help the team.

  75. By Derek on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, and Shawn, we made it two games further into the playoffs last year, not one. AND we only lost against the Saints because of dirty plays and the turnovers. We shouldn’t have even been in overtime for that game, considering how terrible we controlled the ball.

  76. By mace dawes on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    let favre finish his last year, take him out when we get a good lead then throw the rookie in and let him get experience in the nlf. then start him next year. the rookie can run so there should be many options with him behind the center.

  77. By TWVIKE on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Tommy Kramer for 2011!

  78. By Ricky on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    There is no doubt that T-jack has more talent than Sage. end of story……

    talent wins, and so does coaching…… we have the talent and most of the coaching………….
    I say the Vikings should keep reynaud and boise state boy, trade Albert Young.

  79. By Ed on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    make webb WR this year, QB next year

  80. By Ricky on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Combining Albert young and Sage to the Steelers for their lsat years starting center…….

    read it here first

  81. By Skol_Vikings on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    Lienhert? are you serious? He’s worse than Sage or T-Jack. Lienhert has never been effective in the pros, at all.

  82. By Doug on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    After reading most of the comments, I really have to agree with the consensus. I have been a Vikings fan all my life. I really liked TJ, and I wanted him to do well, but he is just too much of a Jekyll and Hyde QB. He shows great brilliance one play, and the very next, he misses a WR by 20 yards. I have to agree that Sage hasn’t been tested, but he definitely shows more consistancy, and that is what we really need right now. I think this year we will have one of the best defenses in the NFL, so all we need is someone that can put points on the board. Go Vikes!

  83. By Jon on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Some of these comments are hilarious. Get rid of Jackson oh my god. Whoever compared everyone getting excited about Webb, to when Jackson first came to Minnesota must be joking. Jackson is not very fast, at all. He has little to no athletic ability compared to the other athletic scrambling qb’s in the league.

    When Webb drops back he actually looks like a quarterback should in the pocket. On top of that he breaks tackles and runs a 4.4, maybe better. T joke can’t do any of those things. And when Jackson drops back he runs back past the pocket slightly and his limemen don’t know what the heck is going on and people get pressure on him. He is an absolute nightmare, don’t compare webb or anyone to jackson. Jackson looks kinda cool wearing a headset on the sideline, holding the clipboard… thats all hes good at.

  84. By Five on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    To all you Sage Against the Machine groupies. Google, YouTube, or highlights of Texans games and previous games he has played with the Vikes. His footage speaks louder than any words could to form my opinion of him as a QB. “You don’t see T-Jak picking Farve’s brain for pointers” …you actually think Sage and Farve are talking QB presence, audibles, or reading defenses?? I call BS on that quote also. From cutting to commercials to panning the reactions of players on the sideline, I’ve seen Jackson speaking to Farve and Rosenfals. Unless you watch the games with Closed Captioning (and/or) can LIP read, you have no clue WTF they are talking about. So because we pay some of their salary you think we should be able to have a voice in major decisions such as this?? How about people that receive food stamps and/or state medical insurance?? Sounds about the same, if we pay for that stuff, we should be able to make decisions about wither or not they get to eat or see a doctor right?? Anyways, I say we trade Sage and Jackson, but who to pick up?? That would be up to the fans right?? HAHA. GO VIKES!!

  85. By Reed on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Get rid of all the “ATHLETIC” quarterbacks ! Give me one of the “NON-ATHLETIC” quarterbacks that win Super Bowls!! If the athletic quarterbacks are that much better put them out there for trade bait and see how much interest you get! We might be able to get a special teams coach for all 3 of our back-up qb’s.

  86. By Viking Rugger on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    T-Jack should go. I keep hearing and reading about how well we were doing before Favre showed up. True, but that was because Frerotte was playing. They pulled T-Jack because he was stinking up the field. 1-3, he was pulled for Gus who went 6-3. I like Tavaris the person, but T-Jack the Quarterback sucks. Sage outplayed him dramitcally this pre-season. He needs to go, and he should take Chilly with him…

  87. By Dan on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    If Childress is really that stupid to keep Jackson as his number 2 then he really needs to be canned. His coaching is so inconsistent it is unbelievable. Let Brett coach the offense and let Frazier coach the defense.

  88. By Bjorn on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    It saddens me to see such disgust for Tarvaris. I do not know what he ever did to any of you. Why do you have to be so personal with you criticism? Those of you who do not see his progress, in the limited opportunities he has actually had or that you have had to see him play, are blinded by something other than your fanaticism for the Vikings.

    I have been a Vikings fan for over a quarter of a century and the only QB I have seen us develop is Daunte Culpepper with obviously mixed results (the development of Tommy Kramer was just before my time). I wish the best for Tarvaris and hope he will have the opportunity to prove all of you wrong.

    Please keep perspective

  89. By brad on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Hey shawn, learn to spell and maybe your theories will make sense assuming you have some sort of education…. Tha = The… wat = what…. employerz = employers. You get THA drift. Get educated before trying to educate.

  90. By Nathan Gillispie on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    10-6 Division title TJ haters we have to get the youngest most talented and properly paid people at each positon. A lot of arm chair fans that should just go play Madden.

  91. By SHAWN on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    @brad itz called writing in ebonics…im sure u text tha same way fella…only an UN-educated boy like urself PRE-judge someone due ta something like shortened typing…I also didnt kno I was in english class…lol…I see u understood my abbrev. so I guess it makes u jus ass ooos…as uneducated azz ooops meh…lol

  92. By SHAWN on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Well put Bjorn…they are jus haters…Remember these are tha same people that wanted ta keep Tjak in after Guss got hurt becuz Tjak torched Arizona…T-jak also would have neva been benched if Visante wouldnt have dropped tha TD pass against tha Colts…(I kno, I seen it in person) but are weak coach pulled him becuz tha people in tha stadium are much like tha people on this site…these people are bandwagonz…if favre has a bad season or tha vikes start off bad out of tha gate watch n see how many “T-jak” fans come out…

  93. By brad on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Well hey, no offense, but ebonics 99% of the time means ignorance toward education or lack of. And no “bro” I don’t text like that because it isn’t the way the english language is meant to be. So my apologies if you actually ARE educated and just ignorant. No pre judgement. Just judgement. Which in turn makes me ignorant too. So I see your point I am an ass. So be it. Mhy apologies. All I know is, I am no fairweather fan and still believe T jacks chance should be over

  94. By VkingsSKOL! on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    I feel that my thoughts have been vindicated coming here and reading all the comments! Get Jackson OUT and keep Favre, Sage and Webb. Let Sage show us what he’s got. He has 10 yrs. exp.! Why have a back up for Favre that we know will let us down and bring the team to it’s knees if Favre gets hurt! Where will we be next year with Jackson as #1 QB…….I’ll tell you where. We’ll be keeping the Lion’s company on the bottom of the pile! On a lighter note…..Can’t wait to see our guys in purple do it all again!! SKOL!!!!!

  95. By VikingsFan_25 on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Y would we wanna let go of Jackson u seen his stats they might not be the best but like the article said he won us 5 games in a row to get us to the playoffs after not playin all season thats got to count for something he has speed as well as a cannon not the most accurate but he can come through wen the pressure is on hes done it more than once

  96. By Annie on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    Please let TJ go he has a short future with another team in the rebuilding process. Joe Webb IS the future for the Vikings. What better role model (Brett Favre) to learn from. The relationship will start here and continue on. He’s young, strong and eager to learn. Think of the future… It starts here… Now

  97. By Mike Hunt on Sep 1, 2010 | Reply

    you can’t tell me they can’t teach Webb ONE route. ONE. it’s called a goaline fade. “try and stop us!” yes, teams will know it’s coming, but how can you stop a guy that can jump like that? only player on the team that could out-jump sidney. so split him out wide and make defenses account for him! USE THE GUY!!!

  98. By Douglas Que on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    T.J. Houshmandzadeh is available . The Seahawks are looking to get rid of him. Should the Vikings invest in him?

  99. By Barry on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings should cut Tavaris Jackson and keep Webb and Sage it would be a mistake to cut Webb or Sage. Tavaris can’t move the offense but Sage and Webb can make plays and move the offense.

  100. By rocksalt on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    let some other team work on the Tjack project. GET RID OF TJACK.

  101. By brad on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    yet another game with no show from t joke

  102. By supervike on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply


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