Praise for Sage

If you’re feeling a little down about the Vikings‘ imminent acquisition of Sage Rosenfels, you might want to check out this article by the Houston Chronicle‘s Richard Justice, who has nothing but kind things to say about the soon-to-be new starting quarterback of the Purple, a guy Justice portrays as a pro’s pro who deserves a chance to win a starting job after years toiling as a back-up.  A sampling of what Justice has to say:

Here’s hoping the Vikings know how lucky they might be about to get.

They’re getting a really smart guy, a really competitive guy and a guy who has shown he’s good enough to win games.

He has never done it consistently, but then again, he has never had the opportunity the Vikings can give him.

The Vikings have all the other major pieces in place. Rosenfels won’t be asked to just manage the game because that’s a fallacy.

He’ll have more talent around him than he has had at any time in his career. If he’s going to make it, this is his chance.

Justice also gets a little bit into the relationship between Rosenfels and coach Gary Kubiak, which apparently got tumultuous at times.  But Justice is quick to point out that, however frustrated Rosenfels may have become with his situation in Houston, he never made trouble and always said the right things and did what he was asked.  It seems clear that, wherever this guy has gone, he’s made a good impression.  Of course, he’s never carried the responsibility of being the starter on a presumed playoff contender.  Some guys get better when you put them in that kind of situation, and others fold up.  We’ll see how Sage reacts.

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  • jeege

    I read this right before you posted it.

    It definetly got me to thinking.

  • One too many

    I guess it could go either way. His td to interseption situation  bothers me. Our bad coaching (does anybody agree with me) bothers me, so im certainly not jumping for joy. I have no choice but to give Sage a chance, but to say im apprehesive is an understatement.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    The more I read about Sage, the better i feel about the trade. Of course we all hope he performs better than he did with the Texans as far as this completion to interception ratio goes.  It will probably run in a lot of fans minds, especially if he starts out poorly. I just have this gut feeling that Rosenfels can fit in with our offense pretty well. I still think we’ll need that second WR and utilize the TE more, not to mention better play-calling, coaching, etc. As fans, it’s important to give the guy a fair shot, plain and simple, then hope we can make the playoffs again before any Super bowl aspirations are met. We have to be realistic about it also, because were not getting Tom Brady here, but we may not need a superstar like Brady to win big games.

  • All Day 28

    Im not happy about it, but being a Viking fan and living in Houston, ive gotten to see plenty of Sage the past 2 years. He is def better than Tjax and as long as our Oline can protect him he knows how to get the ball downfield or to the tight end. I think this is a band aid fix that will allow Childress to keep his job after next season. But hell lets be optimistic, It doesnt take an All Star QB to win the Superbowl

  • chad

    Sage for a 4th is a good deal. 
    Almost no QB’s make it throug the schedule unscathed.  I say drop Booty in camp though and draft a 3 rd stinger with an arm in the late rounds.  Buy an OT and draft best avail for 1st round and  2nd either a center or defensive player..same for the 3rd.   One of which should be DT.  I’m hoping Maclin is there in the first to return kicks and run after the catch…whoever throws it. Go vikes!

  • Mike

    Rosenfels is just a backup unless the Vikings can’t find a real starter.  Sage was needed because Frerotte demanded to start and was unqualified.  T-Jack and Booty need more development.  The Rosenfels acquisition means the Vikings won’t be pursuing those that were available now like Garcia, Derek Anderson and Cassel (especially at the high price).  But it doesn’t eliminate some other potential starters who could become available later, like Warner, McNabb, Hasselbeck or my favorite and the Viking of destiny – Favre.

  • RICHARD

    i heard sage  is very smart, in childress offense this is a big positive……..because brad really makes me wonder sometimes!he has a lot of character another plus,no boat rides awesome

  • dan

    hope sage can go down field more, the childress parallel passing game won’t get it done. keep tjax he has shown some potential and would be great back-up.