Frazier After Game: “No Quarterback Controversy”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 6, 2010 – 8:05 am

Leslie Frazier has been a straight shooter in speaking with reporters since taking over as Vikings Interim Head Coach and he was no different after Sunday’s blowout win over the Buffalo Bills, a game that saw starting QB Brett Favre leave on the first series because of injury and backup Tarvaris Jackson come in and lead the offense to 38 points.

“No quarterback controversy; if he’s healthy, he’ll be our starting quarterback against the New York Giants,” Frazier said of Favre during a post-game press conference. “Hopefully that will be the case, but we’ll wait and see what happens. Great job by Tarvaris, I don’t want to take away from anything he did today. He had a great game.”

Favre was injured on the 3rd offensive play of the game. It was 3rd and 5 from the Minnesota 40 and Favre was sprinting to the right on a designed play. He stopped, set his feet to throw and was hit by LB Arthur Moats just as he released the ball, causing the pass to pop up in the air. CB Drayton Florence was in the right place at the right time and came up with INT. Favre was slow to get up and was unable to return because of a shoulder injury.

Jackson entered the game on the Vikings next series and picked up one 1st down, but the offense couldn’t muster anything after that and Chris Kluwe came on to punt. On the next possession, Florence jumped a route and grabbed his 2nd INT, returning this one for a TD to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead. From that point on, though, Jackson settled in and guided the Vikings to a victory, with help from a dominant performance from the Vikings defense and a punishing performance by Adrian Peterson against Buffalo’s defense.

Jackson finished going 15 of 22 for 187 yards and 2 TDs with 3 INTs. It was great to see Jackson complete 68.1% of his passes, find Sidney Rice for 2 TDs and generally guide the offense well. But it wasn’t great to see the 3 INTs and to realize that Jackson had just 17 yards passing in the 2nd half – although the Vikings didn’t call many pass plays in the 2nd half because they had a big lead.

The bottom line is Jackson helped lead the Vikings to a victory, which is what you’re looking for in a backup QB.

“It felt great to get out there and just play,” Jackson said after the game. “Obviously I didn’t want it to be under that circumstance but that’s part of the league and part of the game. We got the win and that’s the most important thing.”

It was encouraging to see Jackson do some things well on Sunday in place of Favre, but Frazier was asked twice and was clear in both answers that Favre is the starter if he’s healthy.

“As I mentioned before, if Brett’s healthy Brett’s our quarterback,” Frazier reiterated. “Tarvaris did a great job; nothing against Tarvaris. We can win with Tarvaris. I know we’ve got two good quarterbacks. Brett’s our starting quarterback. If he’s healthy he’s going to be our starting quarterback next week. But we know that Tarvaris if he steps in he can lead us to success. He’s done it before. We won the NFC North Championship with Tarvaris as our quarterback.”

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60 Responses to “Frazier After Game: “No Quarterback Controversy””

  1. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Tarvaris Jackson displayed an ability to pass the football and read defenses versus the Buffalo Bills.

    He will be a great NFL quarterback.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    We can win with Tarvaris! ! !

  3. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    The two TDs Tarvaris Jackson threw to Sidney Rice, yes they count! ! !

    Someone said they were all Sidney Rice. Hey, SOMEBODY had to get the ball there for Sidney to catch it.

    The one where there were two people on Rice in the end zone, WHERE ELSE COULD HE HAVE THROWN THE BALL! ! !

    C’mon Man! ! !

  4. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Like Frazier said, “We have two good quarterbacks.”

    C’mon Man! ! !

  5. By Spence on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I dont care that we played the Bills: we scored the most points we ever did this season with him at the helm: the o line looked better becasue he could extend the play better then brett “i will throw a int” farve

  6. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Look at all the teams the Buffalo Bills came within a few points of defeating. The most notable was their previous game against the Steelers. They also scored 45 points in one game. They are an explosive offensive football team.

  7. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Spence, I really don’t think that very many QBs could have avoided throwing the interception that Favre threw in this game. NO ONE has eyes in the back of his head! ! !

  8. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    This was a makeshift O-line. The Vikings played extremely well considering.

  9. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    We have two good quarterbacks. Jackson is better at some things. Favre is better at some things.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    The 41 year old marvel, Brett Favre, had two games this year that were among his best in a 20 year career. He led great comebacks versus Arizona and Dallas.

    Remember that Favre is a THREE TIME MVP in the NFL. Before this season, he had 2 seasons in which he threw for more ints than tds. Both of those years were .500 or worse. So far this has been another season like that.

    The number of ints a QB throws is DIRECTLY related to how his team is performing.


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  12. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    What about the o-line, the receivers, running backs????

    Do they play a part in a QBs statistics??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    We won’t even mention the part of the defense or special teams (Field position, does that matter??????????????????)

  13. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Favre threw ONE interception in that game!!!

    C’mon Man

  14. By Frederick Jones on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    End of rant…………………

  15. By Woodboat on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mornin Fred!

    Hey I agree with most of your rant, but you can point a finger at me as a guy that says that the first TD was all Rice. That, my friend, was an interception if anyone else on the team had been the target. There are a handful of guys in the league that have the capability to make that play and those fellas have to be lucky to get it done. Conversely, there are plenty of guys in the league with enough arm to get it there, short and inside. It was a bad pass.

  16. By John on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like old Tjack finally got sick of watching football all the time and learned some things. Good work out there TJ!!! 9-7 is a playoff spot!

  17. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  18. By DRS on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    What will you T-Jack fans do if your man plays the rest of the remaining games and losses them? Will finally wake up and see that the team itself was a mess even before the start of the season? That the big chill let go some key players in favor of is new collage boys. If T-Jack is so good and was favored by the big chill; why did the big chill wait to get Farve? Why did not the big chill not play T-Jack at the start? Brett did not want to come back this year; it took his team mates and the team to beg for him to come back. If anyone is to blame for this year just look to the big chill.

  19. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  20. By SmileyStar on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    The Defense Pounded Buffalo. Like it was payback for them hurting Favre. The Defense and AP stepped up and made big plays for the win. Way to go Vikings.

  21. By DRS on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I wonder if the NFL ongoing labor strife has to do with some of the player’s lack of performance. I think Farve is thinking he should have stayed home, I know I would have. Seeing how much disarray the team was in. I think the only answer to the question of who is responsible for this season is the big chill. He put this team together, did he not? If there is a season next year, whoever the coach will be, he will have to put together a team that can win. Will the Vikings have the talent in the office to use the draft, free agency, and trades to make a great team?

  22. By DRS on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Farve will not be back next year. He has made that very clear. Beside why would he? He has nothing to prove and the o-line has not protected him.

  23. By wipurplehead on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I just knew that I would be reading about t-jack. Please spare me, he is a second rate QB at best. He threw three int’s and watching the highlights, it should have been more. It is nice to have Sidney back! I am glad that we won for Leslie and hope that he gets the vote from Zygi for head coach next year. We will have to look for a QB for the future, cuz unless Webb pans out, we have a hole to fill!

  24. By Justin on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    To be fair to anyone saying about Favre’s INT, he was HIT FROM BEHIND. BLINDSIDED. Favre didn’t see it coming. That INT would of not happened if Favre had seen it coming and took the sack.

  25. By Stoney on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Please stop the TJ talk. He is not an NFL QB, we played a poor D team. We need a real QB next season.

  26. By Justin on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I looked at a possible draft order for the Vikings and they’re not likely to be in the top 10. Although this draft order predicted the Vikings finishing 7-9 and being #11 in the draft.

  27. By xvike on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think the bills don’t get enough credit. Their record doesn’t really show what kind of a team they are. They struggled to start the season but have bounced back the last 4-5 weeks even though they didn’t win many games. But jackson did a decent job sunday. What i don’t understand is that its ok for brett favre to throw 3 ints in one game but its not ok for jackson?? What do you guys expect from him? he hasn’t played for quite some time so expect him to be a little rusty. He did show that he has improved by extending a few plays and throwing for 2 tds. I bet if the vikings allow him to play more, he’ll get into a rhythm with the whole offense, he’ll play better than brett has all year. We don’t have anything to lose by letting jackson play. As much as i’d like to see us make the playoffs with a 9-7 record, its just impossible. We would need either the packers or bears to lose the rest of their games or another team in the nfc whose in playoff contention to, just so we can get a wild card spot. I highly doubt that will happen.

  28. By chillmt on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Seriously…..he had three int’s….the man is not consistent enough to be an NFL Starting QB. We need to get a QB for next year. TJ is not the man to get it done for us.

  29. By Robins on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is the best quarterback. If we had Sidney the whole year, I believe we would be going to the Super Bowl. No one stepped up with Sidney out. You can see the same thing with Peyton Manning….he is missing some of his best players and is throwing interceptions and losing games. Also, I see a big difference in how good the team plays because they like and respect Frazier. That says a lot. If Jackson had played the beginning of the year without Sidney and with Childress, he would have lost too.

  30. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  31. By Joe Webb Fan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb is as fast as Percy Harvin, big as Sidney Rice, and has Brett Favres arm strength, i want to see this guy start

  32. By David Plowman on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    The best thing about TJ is that he is a FA next year and if the vikings resign him they should all be shot. Wiht the bad defense that the bills employed yesterday a high school QB could have won. And ev eryone is forgetting one thing. Without the 3 TD’s by AP the score would have been17-14. AP made TJ look good. DO NOT RESIGN TJ. If he has to play next week against the giants you will see just how bad TJ is at QB. I am hoping that Favre can play. A banged up Favre is way better that TJ. You cannot create brain matter.

  33. By SHAWN on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    lol…anyone who says keep Favre in isn’t a tru vikes fan, and just simply wants Favre in because he’s white..Also if all u seen were 2TD’s & 3piks u kno nothing about football..Tjak did so much more than that…He extended drives…(which also helped on tha Dfensive side of tha ball..and allowed them to make plays due ta fresh legs) put tha deep ball in a area where sidney could have a chance at it…Put our Ofense in tha red zone for AP ta even have a chance for tha 2 of 3 TD’s he had…and took tha pass rush away with his legs…you can give meh it was “only against tha Bills B.S” but didnt look like Favre was going ta have a fun day with tha “shi**y” bills pass rush…oh yah tha “shi^*y” bills should have beat Pitts. in OT and gave em all they wanted..& threw up 49pts a few wks ago…

  34. By SHAWN on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Also another stat. since u like them so much…tha diff. between Tjak throwin 3piks and favre throwin 3 is we still won…and by alot….

  35. By Just Win! on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    T-JACK IS A TOP 5 STARTING QB IN THE NFL AND I HAVE THE FACTS TO PROVE IT! If you think I’m wrong, then keep reading and you’ll end up changing your mind.

    As Leslie said above, “….if he steps in he can lead us to success. He’s done it before. We won the NFC North Championship with Tarvaris as our QB.”

    This comment by Leslie is important, because when T-Jack played in a pre-season game last year, a statistic on TV flashed the following fact, “T-Jack has the 4TH HIGHEST RATING FOR ALL QB’S with a minimum of 300 pass attempts.”

    * Now let’s calculate his stats from mop up duty last year and yesterday’s game and T-Jack’s rating is 95.6, WHICH WOULD BE 6TH BEST IN THE NFL NOW!

    * T-Jack has now led the Vikes to wins in 5 of his last 6 games played. A 84% WINNING PERCENTAGE IS ALSO OBVIOUSLY TOP 5 IN THE NFL AS WELL!

    Go T-Jack! Go Vikes!

  36. By Just Win! on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Oops! Sorry, I mistyped. The statistic on TV was for all QB’s with a minimum of at least 50 pass attempts.

  37. By mr smiff on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    You almost had me going with your sarcasm,Frederick. Almost.

  38. By mr smiff on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I can imagine how Favre felt watching Rice play yesterday. His mouth must have been watering. You know he wants to play with him next week.

  39. By mr smiff on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    OK, Let’s get real. TJack’s performance yesterday was NOTHING to throw a parade about. I’ll give him credit for the 46-yard bomb to Rice and for extending plays with his feet. But that’s about it. The man threw 3 ugly unforced picks in the game, including 1 returned for a td. His 2 td p@sses were all Rice. the first one would have been a pick had he not battled 2 defenders for the ball (btw, Moss NEVER would have bothered). for the second one, Rice had to dive full stretch and fully extend his arms to make the catch, then acrobatically twist his body and land on his shoulders to stay inbounds (btw, he could have reinjured his hip on that play). I believe if Webb didn’t pull a hammy, TJack would have been benched. In the end, all he did what I am sure Frazier ordered him to do- just hand off the ball and chew up the clock. I say if Favre still can’t go and Webb is healthy, START WEBB!!!

  40. By David Plowman on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mr Smiff, I agree if favre cannot go start Webb he is the only signed QB for next year and do not resign TJ. If he is a s good as others say he is he should not have any issues getting a starter QB job somewhere else.

  41. By steve o on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    t jack…….. lol is a backup plain and simple…… he had many bad tosses yesterday… some so bad that no one had a chance to get them. others was the effort of rice…… he has good legs i’ll give him that….. but give sundays win to the defense…. interceptions. fumbles. and field position….

  42. By Bill Small on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Someone should remind coach frazier that TJack got beat out by a guy that headed butted a concrete wall. Where is Gus Ferrote when you really need him?

  43. By Canadian Vikes fan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe some of you people. Fans that have been watching Brett Favre throw pick after pick this season are compaining that Tarvaris threw 3 yesterday? He threw 2 of them when the game didn’t even matter anymore, he didn’t get any first team reps in practice and the Vikings still have their most convincing win of the year. Brett Favre threw 3 interceptions a couple times in games that we LOST this year yet you people still want to see him over TJ? The guy is 41 years old, has stated that he won’t be back next year, this season is over anyways barring some sort of miracle, what is the logical reason to still start him? If Tarvaris starts the last 4 and plays awful and we lose out, then we know we need a new QB and since we lost all those games we will get a higher draft pick.

  44. By Jason P. on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Favre starts Sunday,he and Sidney hook up for 3 TDs,A.P. runs for 3 !!! SKOL VIKINGS !!! BARoooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. By T.J. on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  46. By Vikeman1 on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    We must not let Brett play another game. What is the point? Let TJ play and if he plays well then his trade value will rise. Who has Favre beaten this year? When the Vikes win with Favre it is all because of Brett and not the team. But when TJ wins it is because of AP and Rice. You guys are so full of s hit I can smell it from here. Favre has no business starting another game. The season is over. Let TJ finish out the season or even let Webb see some action. Anyone but Favre.

  47. By Vikeman1 on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    You guys are dreaming if you think Webb can come in and play well. He looked good against third stringers in pre-season is all. He will get eaten alive if they throw him in there. He needs a couple of years at least.

  48. By Conner on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Vikeman1 you’re right….and your wrong. Webb will need a couple of years to be ready and his preseason experience was not against top players or with much for a blitz scheme. Granted, he made the most of what chance he had. Favre has taken a beating for his teammates and played against all of the big boys. We don’t pull the plug on his career when he’s spent countless hours in the training room, and in the film room. I’m in agreement that TJack will be a very good quarterback as a starter as well. As for what you smell… smells like team spirit to me!

  49. By Conner on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    TJ: Jackson isn’t garbage. He still has some mistakes he makes in his decision making and mechanics. With a healthy team, and a few additions, he can Trent Dilfer this team to a Lombardi trophy in 2011. When the Vikes clear Favre’s pay off the books, they will have money to lure other players in to improve key positions. Our record is not what anyone wanted. But we’re seeing the possibilities that still exist with this talented bunch.

  50. By UBRETT-CHA on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  51. By Conner on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think in watching the past two games, both coordinators are showing greater imagination and creativity in schemes and personnel. In game adjustments are being made to exploit opponent weaknesses. I feel a lot more confident in Bevell and (is it Bagac) and that comes from the confidence of Coach Frazier. Canadien Vike Fan, if we go out and lose the remaining 4 games and stumble around and look lost, I doubt Frazier will be the coach next year. I want to see Frazier on that sideline for years to come. Keep winning guys!

  52. By UBRETT-CHA on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    This season is Brett’s to finish. It is NOT about the “streak.” It is about finishing. The Vikes don’t need to “see” what they have….they already know, otherwise T-Jack and Joe would not be there. Everybody wanted Brett to play, so let him play. He’s put his heart and soul into it, not to mention blood and broken bones. LET THE MAN PLAY!! WE LOVE YOU, BRETT!! FOOTBALL WILL BE THE LESSER WITHOUT YOU!!!! HEAL FAST…REST WELL!! SEE YA SUNDAY!!!!!


  53. By Conner on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Easy Shawn… don’t bring up that people want Favre to play because he’s white. That nonsense about race isn’t a factor in the least. I have been positive about TJACk and do believe he’ll be getting a contract for the next several years. Saying people want to see Favre because he’s white really discredits your intelligence, and experiences in life.

  54. By Nate on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Totally agree Conner! Race has absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Like Fred said, we have 2 great QB’s. Nuff Said…

  55. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    what some of u are forgeting is we have a quality coach and he is calling good games. You have seen t-jack is very mobile and can throw the ball well. Give the man a chance because he hasn;t seen much action against first string teams in awhile. Yes it was the bills but they are 11th against the pass. Believe me he has shown he can win in the past but has never like many qb’s had a chance to run the offense all year but now he will get a chance to close out the year. Stop and think ppl if t-jack does what I know he can do we will have a good qb and a good backup for the future in webb.I hope he gets in against the giants so he can shut some of tyhe nay sayers mouths and when he wins they will give the giants the credit saying they played bad but we will see.

  56. By Fontana Al on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Favre was better then T-Jack last year but not this year.The difference in the three int’s T-jack and the one Favre threw is when they were thrown.Example
    T-Jack first int. we are down 7-0 then we score 31 straight points. the score is 31-7 before he throws another.Favre on the other hand has thrown 3 int’s in a game 3 times this years all were losses.Remember that Jet pick six to end the game. That’s the difference,stop with the double standard.Peyton threw 4 int’s yesterday and they lost Sanchez just threw 3 int’s and they lost ,but T-Jack threws 3 int’s and win convincingly and needs to be thrown out the league people and their prejudices are sicking and very transparent.

  57. By Fontana Al on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    UBrett CHA-Sometime letting people finish isn’t the best idea remember GWB.

  58. By Fontana Al on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Favre reminds me of an old boxer never knowing when to quit.I envisioned him getting hurt earlier this season because, he was so beat up and it finally caught up to him.Mark my word the Giants will knock him out again this Sunday.I don’t wish it on him but that’s what defenses get paid to do.He is put together like humpy dumpy.

  59. By viking/lakers Purple&gold on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply


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