How to Solve the Quarterback Situation for the Minnesota Vikings

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IJune 11, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to throw the ball while taking on the Green Bay Packers on September 8, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

For months now it's been a question of who the Vikings will start at quarterback. I can honestly say that we don't have an answer to that question at this point in time. Luckily, there could be many options to contemplate over the next few weeks.

Quarterback has been an issue for a number years now, ever since the Vikings decided to release Daunte Culpepper, after he went down with a devastating leg injury back in 2005. I, personally, feel like this is a foolish move by the Vikings organization. One injury should not change the impact that a player can potentially make.

Daunte seems like a player who has caught a second wind. He has dropped over 30 pounds, and looks to be the favorite to win the starting quarterback job for the Detroit Lions.

With that said, we must move on. It was years ago that it happened, and we need to focus on the present and future, and nothing else.

Last year, the Vikings went through several times of trouble at the helm of the offense.

Tarvaris Jackson was benched after two games where he played absolutely dreadful. Let's not sugar-coat it, Tarvaris sucked at that point.

Bring on veteran, second-stringer in Gus Frerotte. The decision to turn the ball over to Gus received some good and bad receptions. I thought it was a move that made sense for the time being, but not for the future.

Minnesota seemed to have caught some sort of spark from the sudden change at quarterback. The Vikings became a team to be reckoned with when Gus was the starting quarterback.

Don't get me wrong, he wasn't great, but he was better than anything we had on the roster during the season.

Later in the season, Minnesota decided to once again bring back in Tarvaris Jackson. I figured that since he had spent time on the sidelines that he would become a quarterback with vengeance on his mind. Jackson had plenty of time to learn the system and the plays even more.

It turns out that I would be right. Tarvaris came out strong in his first game back. He finished out the season solidly, and even had a four touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC champions.

Minnesota should go with the same plan for this up-coming season. Yes, there is the possibility that Brett Favre could un-retire and come back to the NFL to sign with the Vikings, but what if he doesn't?

The point is that Minnesota should start out the season with Tarvaris Jackson being the No. One quarterback on the depth chart. If he doesn't perform up to standard, put in Sage Rosenfels.

The reason Sage was brought in was to have a reliable back-up behind Tarvaris Jackson that could possibly start if they needed it to happen. He hasn't automatically been given the starting job.

Nobody at this point should feel like they've been handed their starting job on a silver platter. Everybody needs to fight for their jobs all the time, as if they could lose it at any point whatsoever in the reason.

Don't count out John David Booty either. The former fifth-round-pick could come out and surprise us. Look at Matt Cassel as a perfect example of that. J.D.B. might be the starter at the start of the season because he has had a year to progress his skills even more.

This is my way of solving the quarterback situation. It might not be a spectacular idea, but it is a realistic one at that.

I would love to know what you all think. Feel free to list your opinion of what you think the Vikings should do with this current situation.


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