Time for Tavaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels to Step Up for Minnesota Vikings

Jan MandelContributor IJuly 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:   Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings and Darren Sharper #42 celebrate their win over the New York Giants on December 28,2008 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 20-19.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Brett Favre's reasons were sound in why he wanted to join the team, and why the team wanted him,. Favre was also sound in why he didn't unretire. 

Now deal with it.

Time and time again, "some" have tried to make a big deal about hurting Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels, and how it might hurt their poor little feelings to bring Favre in, or now the after affects…

Countless times, players on the Vikings and many others stated it's part of the game, there’s a need to compete and get better, and if they can't take this, they are not leaders, or can they deal with tough times?

I heard Joe Gibbs say last week, "If a quarterback isn't strong enough to be benched, he won't make it in the NFL.” That is what he told Doug Williams, and that is what he believes about every unproven QB.

As Pat Kirwan pointed out:

“One of the fortunate things that transpired throughout this summer-long saga was that Favre never showed up at the Vikings' facility, so Jackson and Rosenfels took all the repetitions in minicamps and organized team activities. Since they received plenty of attention in spring workouts, Jackson and Rosenfels have no excuse not to succeed.

And there's no sympathy coming from their Vikings teammates. Do you think running back Chester Taylor liked it when the team drafted Adrian Peterson in 2007? What about the other defensive ends seeing the team trade for Jared Allen last year? Was wide receiver Bobby Wade thrilled when Percy Harvin was selected in April's draft? That's part of football, and now it's up to the two quarterbacks to go toe-to-toe.”

So Tavaris and Sage: Learn to deal with adversity and get tougher, better, earn the faith of your teammates and the rest of the Viking fans.

Quit your crying; it's part of life.