T-Jack Defends Himself


Tarvaris Jackson was already in an awkward position thanks to all the Favre-talk going on…and then Pat Williams made that situation still more uncomfortable by publicly questioning Jackson’s commitment to being a top quarterback.  Now Jackson is trying to defend himself.  The Vikings‘ quarterback said:

[Pat]’s an older guy, he wants to win. I guess he went through his times growing up and [you] have to figure it out yourself. My first year, I had to figure it out. Now, I’ve pretty much figured it out. I’m studying more. I feel like I’m doing what I’ve got to do and that’s pretty much all I’ve got to say. I’ve put the time in, like he said, maybe I do have to put extra time in. I guess when you’re not doing as well you’ve got to put the extra time in. But I feel like I’m working hard. I’ve always been a hard worker.

Jackson also said he would discuss the situation personally with Big Pat.  That should be an interesting conversation.  I’m sure Big Pat will tell him he was only trying to push him to make him better…but I personally don’t think that was Williams’ real motivation for making the comments.  I think he was trying to send a message to the Vikings’ organization, on behalf of all the team’s veterans, about their desire to have Brett Favre lead the offense this year.  I don’t think it’s any big secret at this point that the majority of the long-timers on the Vikes want Favre.  Sure, they’ve done their best to hide their giddiness over the prospect, but they just can’t contain themselves.  They’ve joined the Branch Favreidians too.

Unfortunately, in the end, it doesn’t really matter how bad the Vikings’ veteran players and even the Vikings’ front office want Favre:  it’s all up to Favre’s arm whether he is able to return.  And if it finally turns out that his arm is hamburger and he can’t go?  Then you’ve got an emotionally rattled Tarvaris Jackson and a probably-ticked-off Sage Rosenfels left to compete for the job.  And how does it help the team to put those guys in that sort of position?  Favre tried to tear the Packers apart, and now he’s evidently unwittingly tearing the Vikings apart.  I’m getting to the point now where I wish the guy would just go the hell away.  Fun’s fun, but when it gets down to teammates ripping teammates, you’re risking serious consequences.

Tags: Brett Favre Pat Williams Sage Rosenfels Tarvaris Jackson

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    amen……..do i here fran tarkenton in the background?????

  • Mike

    The Vikings vets are right to try to win now.  Pat was just ripping an ex teammate for screwing off.  That has to be punished.  I expect T-Jack will be gone if they get Favre.  He has always been a head case regardless.  Whether they get Favre or not, I don’t see a problem with lighting a fire under Sage Rosenfels.  He is now likely the big winner in all this on a great team.  Before Pat spoke, I think T-Jack was the favorite to start again, whether this year or next.

  • Mike

    And I think Pat scolded T-Jack publicly in a very nice way, after apparently warning him privately for who knows how long.

  • Jim

    “I’m getting to the point where Favre would just go away”

    He is away, like Mike said in the previous post, Favre hasn’t said one word about this.  Everyone needs to just chill out, and let the process happen.  For all we know Favre already have the surgery.

    In regards to making T-Jack and Sage mad.  Who the hell cares?  Who are they?  They are subpar QB’s.  If anything it will motiviate them to elevate their game.  I see absolutely no negative consequences.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah, jim your right i geuss? i just like sage rosenfels as a player and a person. i’ve met him he’s a great guy, and has a hell of a fire in him to win. he just feels he’s never been in the right situation till he came to minnesota. don’t know jack about t-jack, and like you i don’t care. but i do respect sir francis tarkenton, and if he says something about the whole thing, i for one will perk up and listen. he may not be 100% right, but he has some validity to his statements and has earned the right to say so. none of us has.

  • Jim

    Dave, I’m a sage fan too.  I used to watch him play in college when he was the QB on my college team ISU.  yeah I know I’m used to losing. :)

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    oh and one more reason it’s impairative that mr.farve decides real soon…………the Louisianna state house just approved the deal with the saints……which means take another team off the list for L.A. farve would put peoples asses in those seats at least for one more year. win a superbowl, and you’ll ice it, the vikes would never leave the fridged north for warm L.A….?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    no way man…..GO CYCLONES…..BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim

    Ya for sure go clones!!!!!!!!  Hopefully we win more than 2 games this year! :)

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    YEAH, OKEY, AND TAXES

  • Jim

    lol ya.

  • Mike

    I want at QB whoever the Vikings vets want, especially Peterson, because he is the one that has to smash into defenses loading the box, if the QB is not effective.  Fans who oppose the will of the players aren’t really very good fans.