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How the Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre Affair Will Ruin Tarvaris Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 21:  Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 20-10. (Photo by David Sherman/Getty Images)
Daniel ShanksAnalyst IJune 21, 2009

As the Brett Favre-to-Minnesota saga continues, the Vikings continue to have a glaring question mark at the quarterback position.

Minnesota has looked truly pathetic throughout this process.

The Vikings have done everything from ignoring the Favre rumors to denying a "deadline" for Favre to report to the team.

Throughout the Favre debacle, the organization has proven just how desperate it is for a quality quarterback.

And that can't be good for the psyche of Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson, the quarterback from Alabama State, had to be on shaky ground in terms of confidence even before the perpetual Brett Favre flirtation.

He opened the 2008 season as the starting quarterback, but was yanked in favor of Gus Frerotte after the Vikings lost their first two games.

Jackson's stats weren't terrible (30-of-59, 308 yards, one touchdown, one interception), but Head Coach Brad Childress felt that Jackson was being too tentative and went with the much older Frerotte.

That had to be hard on the young QB. He played in 12 games in 2007, and probably thought that 2008 would be his time to shine.

Instead, his coach gave him perhaps the worst vote of confidence imaginable: benching him in favor of Frerotte, who is completely over the hill (and was never all that good to begin with).

Jackson got a chance at redemption in Week 14, after Frerotte went down with an injury.

He answered the bell, leading Minnesota to wins in three of the team's final four games. His stats were far more impressive as well (57-of-89, 740 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception).

So coming into this year, Jackson had to feel pretty good about his chances of being the starting quarterback in 2009.

But the Vikings have gone out of their way to convince the third-year QB that he is not the permanent answer.

First, they went out and got Sage Rosenfels from Houston to compete for the starting job. And then, of course, came the never-ending Favre story.

At this point, Jackson has to be feeling a variety of emotions: anger, confusion, and hurt, to name a few.

Whether or not Jackson will ever become an effective NFL quarterback remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: the Vikings' handling of their quarterback situation has essentially ensured that Jackson will never be an effective QB in Minnesota.

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