Why Sage Rosenfels Has More Pressure on His Shoulders Than Ever

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Sage Rosenfels #18of the Houston Texans looks to pass the ball during the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Many of you got caught up in the Brett Favre hype, I won't lie, I did too.

I tuned into SportsCenter to find out that Manny Ramirez is the biggest idiot in baseball today, and that Brett Favre is going to stay retired.

I won't lie, this news surprised me, but in no way was I disappointed at all. I was confident that the Vikings were going to have a stellar season even without Brett.

Favre was only making the rich richer. With that said, I feel that Minnesota will have great success even without the legendary, soap-opera star, Brett Favre.

It's time to put Brett to the side and start focusing on the players that are actually on the roster currently.

One player on the roster that I'm focusing on today is Minnesota's newest quarterback, Sage Rosenfels.

As most of you know, Rosenfels was acquired for a fourth-round pick all the way back in February. Sage was a backup for the Texans before they made the trade.

Before signing with the Texans, Sage was a backup with the Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins.

Rosenfels will be going into his ninth season this year. He has 30 career passing touchdowns along with 29 interceptions.

His numbers may lead you to believe that he's not a good quarterback at all. Truth be told, Sage is no star.

What Minnesota is looking for is a stable quarterback that can be mistake-free, and is able to be a true leader to the entire offense.

The Vikings have not had a consistent leader on their offense since Daunte Culpepper back in 2004.

He is not going to put up 40 touchdowns and 4,000 yards passing, but he will be able to be a mentor to Tarvaris Jackson and John David Booty.

On the matter of Tarvaris Jackson. A lot of you feel that Sage isn't better than Tarvaris, or that they are equal in talent. Yes, that may be true, but Rosenfels will be a better presence on the field.

You haven't heard anybody talk of how Jackson is the boss in the huddle. He's just told the plays, and then he goes out and does his best to try and complete them.

It's difficult for me to not want to write-off Tarvaris as being a bust.

But has he been one?

Jackson showed real signs of improvement down the stretch, but failed to live up to expectations after a poor performance in the first round of the playoffs, this past year. Tarvaris showed that he really knows how to choke in the clutch.

The Vikings cannot have somebody at the helm who isn't going to be able to win the crucial ball games. We need a savvy veteran who is able to get the job done when we need it the most.

So, you're asking, "What has Sage done to show that he's any kind of a leader?"

I won't go find video clips to see if he is somehow a leader, but I know that Rosenfels has no choice, but to be a confident quarterback from the very first snap of a pre-season game.

We cannot rely on Brett Favre to be the answer to all of our problems. He isn't returning, and we must move on from that very fact.

Most likely, Minnesota will either sign a free-agent quarterback next off-season, or select one in the 2010 draft.

This year's draft has the likes of Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Jevan Snead. The Vikings could have a shot at getting one of these guys with the 32nd overall pick.

Did you notice the line I just said? Yes, I said it, the 32nd overall pick.

Despite our quarterback situation that still remains in concern, all of us need to come to our senses and realize that this is what we have and must do the best with it.

Sage Rosenfels needs to step it up next season and show us why he was brought in instead of a quarterback like Kurt Warner or Jeff Garcia.

Keep the faith, Vikings fans. Believe that we will the Super Bowl this year, because if you don't... What kind of fan are you?

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