Before the season started, I (like Dr. Z) thought the Minnesota Vikings had a legitimate shot at contending in the NFC North and in the NFC. They have the best young running back in the league in Adrian Peterson to go with a stalwart offensive line and a great run defense. The pass defense was questionable, but it was supposed to get better with the addition of Madieu Williams and the overall maturation of the defense. The team shored up its receiving woes by overpaying for former Chicago Bears receiver Bernard Berrian, a move that was supposed to help quarterback Tarvaris Jackson develop into an NFL-caliber quarterback. I really thought Jackson could make that jump this year. He was 8-4 as a starter last year and showed development into this year.
Today Jackson was benched for veteran Gus Frerotte.
I was wrong.
I honestly thought Jackson could do something with this team and with his skills. Even though I am a Packers fan, I wanted to see him succeed and do something, with all the doubt surrounding him this offseason amid the Brett Favre rumors to the rumors about Minnesota going with someone else. Jackson had the vote of confidence from Brad Childress. He just couldn’t do anything. Which is unfortunate. As an NFL fan, I wanted to see the kid succeed. As a Packers fan, this works for me. Nothing beats having an immobile journeyman quarterback under center for the rival.