Breaking: Tarvaris Jackson Benched for Season

Tarvaris Jackson has been benched by coach Brad Childress and Gus Frerotte will start this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.  I’m honestly shocked by this move given Chilly’s apparent attachment to Jackson, a player he traded up to get in the draft and anointed the starter the last two years without any serious training camp competition.  It was suggested the last few days that Childress had shown signs of wavering on Jackson, but I doubted it.  My argument was that Chilly hadn’t really said anything different in his statements about Jackson than he normally did about anything but, clearly, this was one case where it was possible to read between the lines.  I’d still be curious to know:  Was this a move Childress and his coaches made by themselves or was there intervention by owner Zygi Wilf?  Did Zygmunt take a look at all the huge checks he was giving out and finally get steamed that his team was only 0-2?  We’ll probably never know (unless someone on the inside is ready to snitch).  At any rate, the T-Jack haters have gotten their wish – Frerotte will start and Jackson will sit.  And the Jeff Garcia watch will continue for some…

Update: The Pioneer-Press says Jackson has been benched for the rest of the season“I still think he has a bright future down the road,” Chilly said.  Gus Frerotte will be the starter for the final 14 games barring injury or some kind of move.  Stay tuned for more on this.

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  • vikingfanforlife777

    Best move I have seen the whole season. Gus F. won’t win games for us; but he won’t lose them for us, like Travaris J. Now if the owners finally get a pair of them; maybe they can salvage the season for us by doing what they should have and fire Childress!!!

  • Minnesota Train Wreck

    Gus vs Panthers = Loss
    TJ vs Panthers = Loss

    Big deal.

    We still have a weak secondary and unimaginative play calling—the only change is that we have a different backup-quality quarterback starting, but a quarterback that would only be a backup QB on most every other NFL team. 

    What good will that do?

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  • Gaydolf Titler

    Can someone bench Brad Childress?

  • danzinski

    Chilly-haters – I wouldn’t worry.  We’re on-track for about a 5-11 season here.  Zygi ain’t gonna like that after all the dough he shelled out.  Bill Cowher will be in here come the start of ’09.

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  • Restless Mind

    Wus up with all the hate in here? U guys act like the season is over. We all know Jackson sucked and now he’s gone. We know that Childress play calling isn’t aggressive enough at time, but hopefully that will change with Gus. Right now I see Gus as a big improvement over Jackson. So lets wait a little longer before we throw this season down the drain.

  • FireCHILDRESSnow

    Childress is horrible .. i cant wait to see the fake peterson hand off bootleg interception play this weekend on 3rd and 9..

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    hahahahahah i told you that even an old vet like brad johnson could win in a system like the vikes have and you laughed at me. i said that brooks bollinger was a better fit than jackson for your system. now you’ll have ferrotte. well you guys still laughin at ME?????? call me an idiot NOW assholes>>>>>>>>>> if you do, it’ll only show us who the real idiots are. i was right all along……..good, dave dallas fan hahahahahahahahha