Losses from 2008: Gus Frerotte, John David Booty*
Additions for 2009: Sage Rosenfels, Brett Favre*
*I think we all know the story here
Easily the most scrutinized Vikings position of the Summer. The quarterback dilemma has been brewing in Minnesota since the collapse of Daunte Culpepper's career in 2005.
Minnesota still hasn't resolved the problem at the position.
Last season the position was held down by both Gus Freotte and Coach Brad Childress' pet project Tavaris Jackson. The position appeared to be Freotte's until a late season injury derailed his season and Jackson stepped in to lead a late season surge landing the Vikings in the playoffs. After a terrible performance in the first round against the Eagles, Jackson is now on the hot seat.
The Vikings exchanged a fourth round pick with the Texans to bring in Sage Rosenfels to compete for the starting positon.
With rumors swirling about the status of Brett Favre every day, the position battle remains largely in limbo based entirely on Favre's decision.
First let's examine the position if Favre decides to stay retired.
With the off-season signing of Sage Rosenfels and the axe being given to Frerotte, the battle of mini-camp will be Jackson and Rosenfels dogging each other for the one spot with John David Booty trailing a distant third.
Jackson, a second round pick of the Vikings in 2006 out of Alabama State has had a poor NFL career statistically. Last season saw Jackson make a statement as he improved his QB rating over 20 points from 70.8 to 95.4.
After loosing the job to Frerotte after having a pedestrian start of the season, Jackson regained the reigns in week 14 to finish the last four games with a 114 rating and eight touchdowns to one interception.
Rosenfels finished last season with comparable stats to Jackson. Playing in six games for the Houston Texans, Rosenfels threw 10 interceptions to just six touchdowns. His numbers down the stretch were not nearly as impressive, throwing eight interceptions in the final four games.
As camp progresses expect Jackson to slowly pull away from Rosenfels. His running ability offers more diversity to the Vikings offense. Rosenfels will be exposed as his high yardage games were a product of the Texans' offense more than his talents.
Projection: Jackson over Rosenfels
However this will all change if the Vikings sign Brett Favre to a one year contract. The job will be instantly his and expect Minnesota to cut John David Booty if that is the case as it would be a stretch for the team to keep four QB's on the roster.
Projection: Favre over Jackson and Rosenfels.
If Favre is signed the only battle will be for who will hold the clipboard between Jackson and Rosenfels.