Brett Favre Retires: Minnesota Vikings Turn to Tarvaris Jackson

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 04:  Quarterback Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings drops delivers a pass against the San Diego Chargers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 4, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 35-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With the big breaking news that Brett Favre has officially retired, everyone awaits the announcement that he is coming out of retirement. Everyone but Tarvaris Jackson. 

While Brett Favre brought another dimension to the Vikings, he also brought chemistry and made the young guys believe in themselves, making sure they had the confidence they needed for when Favre was no longer around.

Now, reportedly, Favre is no longer there and the fifth year quarterback out of Alabama State, Tarvaris Jackson, will presumably take over as the starter.

In 33 career games, Jackson has thrown for a total of 3,643 yards with 21 career touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and 10 fumbles.

Those are not the most impressive numbers, considering that Minnesota's quarterback last season threw for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and just two fumbles.

While Sage Rosenfels has been struggling in camp and recent trade rumors swirled, the Vikings went out and used a sixth round pick on rookie quarterback Joe Webb, who they believe could be a draft steal and their quarterback for the future.

So, the ball is literally in Tarvaris Jackson's hands to begin the season.

With his backup not showing positive signs to the coaching staff, if Tarvaris Jackson begins to struggle, don't be surprised if you see a 6'4" 220 pound rookie quarterback taking the field for the Vikings.

With that said, now the skill players, such as wide receivers Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, and, most importantly, franchise running back Adrian Peterson must step up.

If the Vikings want to return to the glory road and make sure they don't fall with Brett gone, Adrian Peterson and Tarvaris Jackson will have to improve and play like they want to win.