The Minnesota Vikings QB situation is definitely a work in progress, but one thing appears clear; Tarvaris Jackson will not be in the mix this time around. The guy who was drafted in 2006 as the quarterback of the future, has relinquished that QOF title to Christian Ponder, the Florida State QB the Vikings drafted #12 overall in April’s draft.
Jackson, currently working out with some other NFL players at the University of Minnesota, spoke publicly with the local media about his future. He said that while he was very appreciative of the opportunity to play in Minnesota, it was probably “time to move on”. Once the NFL lockout has ended, Tarvaris will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. He will have the chance to move on.
The T-Jack era in Minnesota will be looked at as a failure. While there was some team success, usually Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, or the Viking D seemed to be the key ingredient. Is Jackson at fault? He has to carry some of the blame. The player has to be held accountable and there are games that could have changed his fate in Minnesota. The 2008 Playoff loss to the Eagles is the best example, but even a good performance in last season’s loss to the Giants, the infamous Detroit home game, could have kept Tarvaris in the discussion moving forward. Should Brad Childress take some heat? Yep, no question. Chilly’s infatuation with Favre and his decision making during games are the two biggest reasons that all parties are in their current situations. However, the former Head Coach is just that, former, so I am not going to pile on.
The future of Jackson is very similar to his time as a Viking, a question mark. He is still young and talented. In addition, contrary to what some ignorant members of the media have expressed, T-Jack is a pass first QB. I have heard plenty of “experts” talk about him as a running QB, or compare him to Michael Vick. Apparently, if you are black and wear #7, you must be a running quarterback. Watch some film.
There has been some speculation that Tarvaris will wind up in Seattle. The media out there has written about it and the Seahawks might give him a chance to compete for the starting job, which is what he wants.
I think Jackson might fly with birds of a different color; the Arizona Cardinals. One of the guys he is throwing the ball to at the U of Minn workouts is Cardinal WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz has openly expressed concern about developing a repoire and getting his timing down with the Arizona QB’s, due to missed reps as a result of the lockout. He has already looked good with T-Jack during these workouts and the Cardinals QB situation is as big a question mark as any in the NFL. They currently have Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Richard Bartel, and John Skelton on the roster. Ugh.
Another factor I am looking at is one nobody thinks about right away; guys remember when a player lights them up. Coaches and players both. Back in 2008, the Arizona Cardinals went to the Super Bowl. The Vikings traveled to Arizona in week 15 that year and handed the Cards their worst home loss of the season, 35-14. T-Jack threw for four TD’s in that game and posted a perfect passer rating. It was his best game as a pro and he was named NFC Player of the Week. It’s only one game, but it had to leave a good impression on Ken Whisenhunt.
There is no doubt that I am in the minority when it comes to thinking of Tarvaris Jackson as a successful NFL QB. This is especially in Minnesota circles. I think a fresh start in a good situation will lead to Jackson seeing the success that eluded him in Minnesota. So go west young man, you just might want to veer a little south.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).