The Obvious Loser in Minnesota's Quarterback Battle

Daniel FogartyContributor IAugust 20, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 17: Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 17, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With the quarterback controversy finally coming to its predestined end, it was only a matter of time before one of the remaining three second-choices received the cold shoulder.  If the early stories are correct, it looks as if Tarvaris Jackson is the man.  As we speak, T-Jack is being shopped around the league.  

This is (and was) the obvious choice. 

New number two, Sage Rosenfels, looked cool and crisp against the stout Colts' first teamers last week, while T-Jack underperformed, looking uncomfortable in the pocket against the Colts' second teamers.

JD Booty was always the number three, but he looked great in training camp, has showed potential, and is inexpensive.  Oh yes, and he didn't argue about having to give up his jersey number to Favre.

While some of T-Jack's numbers for the 25 games he has played in the purple and gold are actually above average (completion percentage 58%, 6.5 yards per pass, 5.2 yards per carry), he continues to hold onto the ball too long, throw off his back foot, and does not take over a game the way a successful, starting quarterback in the NFL can and should.

Critics of the Viking's offense have said for two seasons that T-Jack is more of a Vick-styled quarterback, who would never excel in the Childress plan.  And since the wildcat offense seems to be the newest fad to experiment with, the Vikings should have no problems pawning off their underachiever. 

Now, what they get for him is another matter.