I wonder how difficult it was to find old clips of Tarvaris Jackson—the Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback—doing well.
Hats off to someone, because these clips are showing up on NFL preview shows all over the television. Everyone is parading old clips of Jackson around: Jackson scrambling for a 20-yard gain or throwing one of the few accurate balls he's ever thrown to a receiver for a 25-yard gain.
And while we watch these amazing highlights of this incredible quarterback, the commentators are telling us (with a straight face, mind you) that Jackson gives the Vikings the best chance to win on Sunday versus New England.
And the kicker is, they are serious.
Brett Favre, despite the three picks last Sunday night, was three inches shy of giving the Vikings an amazing victory in Green Bay. Had Percy Harvin been able to have that trailing foot come down three inches closer to Favre, the old man is a hero instead of everyone saying he needs to be benched.
It may be the most ridiculous thing I've seen yet on television, this insane backing of Jackson.
And the funniest thing is how every columnist and commentator has become an expert on a quarterback hardly any of them has ever seen—or at least seen very much.
For had they ever seen him play on a regular basis, they wouldn't be making the absurd statement that Jackson gives the Vikings the best chance to win on Sunday.
My gut feeling is head coach Brad Childress has bought into all this loving and is going to start Jackson on Sunday, which is a shame.
The Vikings, despite the 2-4 start, are still one of the most talented teams in the league, and only a game-and-a-half out of the division lead, even with the horrible beginning. They have had a chance to win all six games, and with a pinch of luck could easily be 4-2 instead of 2-4.
This team deserves the best quarterback the coach can field, and that quarterback, even limping on one leg, is Favre.
Jackson has a very nice arm and also gives you a running option. He has won before and even started in a playoff game. He is clearly the healthier option of the two. But, in the end, none of that matters.
He lacks one key element for any successful quarterback in this league: confidence. Anyone who has seen him play for any period of time knows this.
Favre has a bum ankle and tendinitis in his throwing arm. He isn't 28 years old anymore. He has more gray hair than Harrison Ford. But he will never lack that key ingredient of confidence.
Despite the picks this year, Favre has had moments of brilliance in each game and has nearly pulled all four of the losses out of his hat. I doubt very much we would be saying the same thing had Jackson started.
Of course, if the ankle is so bad, Vikings Childress will have no choice but to go with Jackson. But if Favre says he can play and he can move at all, there is no question the "Gray One" is the choice.
The Patriots, despite who the opposing quarterback is, are going to blitz hard and blitz often. Do the Vikings really want a quarterback in there who has been known to panic, lacks confidence and is perhaps the least accurate quarterback in the league?
Or do they want a veteran who knows how to read defenses and has never lacked confidence?
Call me crazy, but I'll take the old man.
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