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Bench Brett Favre? The Minnesota Vikings Should Consider Tarvaris Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 17: Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bears at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 17, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 20-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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David KindervaterCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2010

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is statistically among the worst in the National Football League this season.

His QB rating is a measly 67—only three QBs are worse, and two of them are rookies, and he has thrown as many interceptions in four games this year (seven) as he did all of last season.

Clearly, any magic that was created by the addition of Brett Favre in 2009 has disappeared amidst his poor play and scandal of 2010.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, if the losses continue, the Vikings need to consider a quarterback change if they're going to salvage anything from this season.

Of course, in saying that, I realize it is a near impossibility. There's $13 million (or is it $16M?) and a legacy as a hurdle.

Most likely, the only way Brett Favre is not going to be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings is if he is unable to play due to injury—and to his credit, when has that ever happened?

Or if he is suspended—which probably won't happen because he's likely going to pay off some sideline reporter to keep quiet about alleged sexual harassment charges when he was with the New York Jets a couple years ago.

Again, to his credit, Brett has not made any excuses other than to say he's missed some throws he usually makes in his sleep. He's also made some great throws.

But the bottom line is the bad is outweighing the good, and he's not getting the job done when it matters the most.

Enter Tarvaris Jackson? Why not? Jackson is a much younger, more mobile quarterback.

So suddenly the Vikings would have a different kind of weapon—a QB who can beat you with his legs—in addition to their embarrassment of riches with Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss and Percy Harvin—to name just a few of the offensive stars; he would also help an offensive line that has been struggling to protect their quarterback this season.

I know, I know. Tarvaris has had his chances over the years, and he has historically been inconsistent and generally disappointing. But maybe this is a final opportunity to see if he can lead an offense he knows very well.

At the very least, the Vikings will understand if this is a quarterback they can rely on for the future, or one they can say had every opportunity but ultimately couldn't get the job done.

As for Brett Favre, maybe his last chance to ride off into the sunset as a world champion was last January; maybe he turns this whole thing around against the Dallas Cowboys this week.

But if he doesn't—regardless of the money and regardless of the legacy—the Vikings might need to give Tarvaris Jackson an opportunity to lead this team before the 2010 season slips away.

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