Tarvaris Jackson Analyzing the Field and Making Progressions

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Tarvaris Jackson Analyzing the Field and Making Progressions
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There is no question, the Minnesota Vikings have struggled with the quarterback position over the last three years, mostly due to inexperience that leads to inconsistency.

The Vikings drafted quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the 2nd-round of the 2006 draft and got his first action late in the season.

However in 2007, Jackson's first full season as the Vikings' starter, was a year marked by inconsistent play from him that might have kept Minnesota out of the playoffs for the third straight year.

In 2008, the third-year quarterback was supposed to show media and fans that he had taken control of the offense and that he could manage the offense effectively and the team to it's first division title since 2000.

After back-to-back losses to start the season, Jackson was pulled in favor of veteran journeyman Gus Frerotte, who took over under center and guided the team from 0-2 to a 7-5 record before injuring his back, setting the stage for Jackson to make his return.

Jackson looked the part of a starting quarterback, guiding the team into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. However, he and the offense struggled under heavy pressure from the Eagles defense and were eliminated with a 26-14 loss.

Many criticize Jackson for not understanding how to read defenses and certain coverages, and rightfully so. However, many also need to realize he has only about one and a half years of experience as the starting quarterback in the Vikings offense.

Also, many fans, and many media members, do not understand the X's and O's that a quarterback must know when walking up behind center.

This is my lesson for fans on what exactly Tarvaris Jackson is looking at when the huddle breaks and he is examining the defense. You might be surprised at how much a quarterback analyzes in a period of 5-10 seconds.

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