Posts tagged with: Tarvaris Jackson

Link: Brett Favre will spice up a boring offense.

Here’s a quote from me from this blog on July 29th of this year

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over. I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.

Well, at least I know myself…. yeah, I was tired of hearing about it, but now that Favre has signed, I’m a happy happy man.

Anyway, I found this article on NFL.com, and I really wanted to share it. It’s about how Favre will immediately impact Minnesota’s offense.

When Brett Favre signed with the New York Jets last year, it took him a good two months before he felt comfortable in his new team’s offensive system. This time around with Minnnesota, it shouldn’t take nearly as long.

Favre knows the Vikings’ offensive terminology inside out and that certainly wasn’t the case with the Jets last year when he arrived in New York on Aug. 6. A quarterback needs to see the play in his mind’s eye when he calls it in the huddle; early in Favre’s Jets season, plays were just words and he often dropped back trying to figure out where people were going.

When he enters the huddle in Minnesota and calls a play in the traditional West Coast language he has used in the previous 17 NFL seasons, he will see the play in his mind’s eye. He will know exactly what every player has to do to make it a success, and his decision-making will lead to a quick release of the ball and far fewer sacks than the Vikings quarterbacks incurred last year (43). And fewer than Favre had in New York (30).

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

I thought that article hit the nail on the head. The fact that Favre is comfortable in the West Coast Offense is great. The fact that he will keep defenders honest will help Peterson. The fact that Favre is a master of the screen pass will help both Peterson and Taylor. The fact that he has two down the field threats in Berrian and Harvin will spice up our offense. The fact that Favre loves to throw to Tight Ends, and that we have one of the best in the game (at least since week 3 of last year) is exciting. The fact that Harvin’s versatility and Favre’s ability to read defenses will keep the other teams on their toes is amazing.

Our offense took some giant steps forward today (pending a physical, of course).

The Vikings don’t need Brett Favre to be the savior of the team. Instead they just need someone who can bring out all the talent that the team already has.

Unfortunately, Jackson and Rosenfels just haven’t proven that they have the ability to do that.


You’re kidding me… MORE Favre rumors?

Wow.  Just… wow.

Jay Glazer from FoxSports is reporting that the Brett Favre parade is not quite over.  In fact, he said the vibe at the Vikings training camp is that it’s a matter of “when”… NOT “if”… Favre will be a Viking.

One unnamed Viking actually said “I’m telling you it’s already done.  Right after the Indy game (first preseason game). I don’t think anyone here doesn’t think that.”

Another Viking said, “I don’t know if it’s done, but I think he’ll be in by the third preseason game.”

Maybe Sage shut up the rumors a little bit by playing well against Indy, but if Glazer is right,  it’s already a done deal in Minnesota.

I have to say I’d be shocked to find out this was accurate, though.  My gut reaction is that the media realizes that preseason is generally boring, and they need something to talk about.

But I have to say, after the Indy game, if Favre was to come to the Vikings, it would be Tarvaris Jackson that would be out of a job, not Sage Rosenfels (despite what I said several weeks ago on that topic).


IT’S GAME TIME: Preseason Week 1 Preview: Vikings at Colts

Game Preview

THERE IS A VIKINGS GAME TONIGHT!!!!

Man, am I ever pumped up. I went to a Twins game at the dome yesterday (ugh, but they lost), and tonight I get to watch the Vikings on TV. Good times, I tell ya. Gooooooooood Times.

Anyway, sorry about the excitement. Moving on.

Vikings At Colts

Tonight the Vikings will go to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first preseason game of the year.  Of course when it comes to preseason, winning and losing doesn’t matter very much.  Instead we want to keep an eye on how the returning players have progressed from last year, and how the new players are going to fit in.  Here’s what I’m personally going to be watching for:

HOW SAGE ROSENFELS PLAYS
This  will be the storyline for the first quarter of tonight’s game.  For the first time in quite a long time, the Vikings have a legitimate quarterback battle taking place going into the season.  It was announced that tonight Sage will get the start with the first team, and next week Jackson will get those honors.  Each of them will basically have probably a quarter of football to impress the coaches to try to win the job.  I’m going to guess there will be a lot of passing going on, and hopefully we’ll get a good chance to see how Sage interacts with guys like Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin.

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WILL HARVIN HAVE?
Speaking of Harvin, will the Vikings be able to work him into the offense tonight even though he’ll probably see limited action?  I seriously doubt we’ll see any wildcat formations tonight, as I’m going to guess that if the Vikings decide to use that package they’ll save it for the regular season.  However, I’d love to be wrong, because I think it’d be exciting to get a glimpse of what our guys can do with exotic lineups.

WHICH DB WILL STEP UP?
Will it be Benny Sapp, who has all kinds of athleticism, but not always the greatest head for the game?  Will it be Marcus McCauley who has played in the system for a while and has some valuable game time experience?  Will it be rookie Asher Allen who has been reported as a very aggressive DB who is not afraid to hit hard and take the ball out of receivers hands?

HOW WILL ALBERT YOUNG LOOK?
I don’t know if this one will interest you a lot, but as I’ve pointed out many times, I’m a big fan of Albert Young.  Chip Scoggins said on ACCESS VIKINGS that he was progressing well through training camp.  I’d love to see him become our #3 RB for this year.  To me he could fill the type of role held in the past by Mewelde Moore or Moe Williams… never the kind of backup who is going to step up and take over a game, but instead the kind of guy who you can rely on to fill whatever role he’s needed for.  Albert Young is an up-the-middle type runner who would be usable in short yardage situations.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can return kicks and punts, and he can play special teams.  I hope he makes the roster.

WHAT ABOUT JOHN DAVID BOOTY?
I’m interested in watching Booty play tonight.  I know that he’ll be playing with the third team, because he’s really not in the race for the starting QB position at all, but I really want to see how he’s progressed.  Last year he looked shaky, even playing against 3rd string defenses.  He’s had a whole year of practices now, and he’s most likely more comfortable with the Vikings system.  He should most likely get to play the entire second half tonight, which will be valuable playing time for him.  I’d like to catch a glimpse to see if it looks like a chance that he can be developed into a starting QB someday, or if he’s going to be one of those players that just turns into a solid backup.

Enjoy the game everyone, and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

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Sage Rosenfels will start… at least tonight.

Team News

Brad Childress has told local radio stations that Sage Rosenfels will start at QB tonight in their first preseason game against the Colts.

Coach Childress has made it clear all week that whoever starts tonight does not have a leg up in the QB competition overall.  Since Rosenfels is starting tonight, Jackson will start next week against Kansas City.

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Friday’s starting QB doesn’t necessarily indicated Week 1’s starter.

The starter for this Friday’s preseason game hasn’t been determined just yet.

But when they decide who starts Friday, it won’t be any indication of who the Vikings coaches believe will be the starter when Week 1 finally comes around.

Coach Childress has stated that he wants to see each of the two QBs play with the starting unit during the preseason.  He’s not going to alternate QBs with the first team.  Instead he’s going to let either Tarvaris or Sage play the entire time the first unit is on the field this friday, then the other guy will play with the first unit in next week’s game.

It’ll be interesting to watch how each of them perform.  I’m hoping that BOTH of them blow away all of us fans.

Source:  STAR TRIBUNE



What do you think? Tarvaris or Sage

According to the Access Vikings guys (vi Twitter), Tarvaris Jackson is back on the practice field today, so the competition is once again going.

So that got me wondering… who do you guys want to win? Would you rather see the Vikings led by Tarvaris Jackson in 2009, or Sage Rosenfels? I know a lot of you probably have alternate answers, but assuming it has to be one of those two guys, what do you think?

Personally I prefer Jackson. I think Jackson just has more upside to him than Sage. He’s mobile, and when his confidence is there he can zip the ball around. In the last 4 games of the regular season he played very well and he moved the ball when he needed to.

I think Sage would be serviceable as our starting QB, but after recently watching guys like Brad Johnson, Kelly Holcomb, and Gus Frerotte, I’m just not that interested in a QB who can’t avoid a pass rush.


Quick Weekend News: Harvin and Jackson

Percy Harvin signed a five year contract with the Vikings, and he’s already on the field practicing.  He missed two days of camp, but still should have plenty of time to get caught up.  He’s already worked on some kick return drills, and he’s taken some reps as a WR with the FIRST team.

Tarvaris Jackson has a Grade I sprain of his MCL.  He’s day to day, but he’s not practicing today.  Last year he had the same injury during the pre-season, and it kept him out of two games.  Coach Childress is not concerned about the injury, and said Jackson will be fine.


Why Michael Vick is WRONG for the Vikings

Ugh…

As soon as the Brett Favre Drama was over, Vikings fans and football fans around the country immediately start in on rumors of the Vikings signing Michael Vick.

How can I put this gently….

MICHAEL VICK IS NOT A GOOD FIT FOR THE VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!

The gripe with current Vikings passers is that they don’t have the ability to force the other team to stop stacking 8 or 9 guys in the box.  Tarvaris Jackson is not enough of a threat to move the ball through the air to force teams to keep their guys away from Adrian Peterson.

Why do Vikings fans think that Vick would create that threat?!?  He was known for his RUNNING game, not his passing game.  If anything, having Vick on the team would take away carries from Peterson, and it would encourage defenders to stack the box.

At this point, Michael Vick has a career completion percentage of 53.8%.  His best season percentage wise was 2004 when he threw for 56.4%.  On his career, he averages 155.5 passing yards per game.  He averages about 6.7 yards per attempted pass.  He averages right around .7 interceptions per game.

Let’s compare that to Tarvaris Jackson.  Jackson, who is often criticized by Vikings fans for not being an accurate thrower, has a career completion percentage of 58.4%.   His WORST season percentage-wise was 2006 (he only started 2 games) when he threw for 58.0%…  which is 1.6% higher than Vick’s best year.  He only averages 137.7 yards per game, but he has 2.4 less attempts per game than Vick.  He averages about 6.6 yards per attempted pass.  He also averages right around .7 interceptions per game.

They are very similar passing QBs, but Tarvaris Jackson is more accurate.  Vick is a better runner, averaging 7.3 yards per carry over Jackson’s 5.1, but the Vikings don’t exactly need any more runners.  Oddly enough, though, Vick gets sacked an average of 2.5 times per game, and Tarvaris only gets sacked an average of 1.6 times per game.

Just for the sake of comparison, Sage has a career completion percentage of 62.5%  Last year he threw for 66.7%.  His yards per game is down at 129.9, but to be fair, he has been a career backup.   He averages 7.4 yards per pass attempt.  He averages about .9 interceptions per game.

Obviously, though, Sage isn’t nearly as mobile as Vick or Jackson.  He averages 2.2 yards per rushing attempt.  He’s only sacked .6 times per game, but I think that number is pretty skewed since he has played much fewer minutes per game than the other two as well.


Tarvaris Jackson trade rumors

The latest rumors from NFL-ville seem to be that Tarvaris Jackson is going to demand a trade if Brett Favre gets signed. Of course, not many people are talking about these rumors, because, well…. it’s about Tarvaris Jackson.

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Don’t get me wrong… I’ve been a T-Jack supporter thus far. I think two years ago he had no receivers to throw to and a coach that didn’t trust him, and I think last year he got thrown under the bus by Childress so that Childress didn’t have to take the blame for a slow start on himself. I was very much against the benching of Jackson, and I was NOT a fan of Gus Frerotte being the starting QB.

That being said, Tarvaris Jackson being on the trading block isn’t exactly going to shake up the league. If Tarvaris demands a trade, the Vikings will get little to nothing for him, and Tarvaris will never start in the NFL again (barring injury to whatever QB he’s backing up).

On the flip side, if he stays in Minnesota and sits behind Favre for a year, or more ideally, two years, he’ll have a shot at at least competing for the starting job after Favre retires one or two more times.

To be honest, Tarvaris doesn’t strike me as the “demand a trade” type of guy, so I’m not sure I buy into these rumors a whole lot.

As for the Vikings point of view, though… I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If the Vikings have to choose between Jackson and Rosenfels as a backup, they need to keep Jackson. I’m not saying Jackson is the surefire answer after Favre leaves the Vikings, but he’s entering his fourth NFL season, and Rosenfels is entering his 9th. If the Vikings get two years out of Favre, at the end of that time, Jackson will be entering his 6th season, and Rosenfels his 11th. If the Vikes are going to keep one of the, they need to keep Jackson, just because he’s at the stage of his career that sitting behind Favre could potentially help him improve. Rosenfels is probably near the peak of his game right now.


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