5 most disappointing QBs the Vikings struggled to win with
By Randy Smith
Sometimes, journeyman quarterbacks aren’t the only type of players the Vikings couldn’t win with, either. Failed draft picks come to mind, and, unfortunately, Tarvaris Jackson makes the list.
Stemming from the post-Daunte Culpepper days, Minnesota found themselves in a position to try to build back from the franchise quarterback whose knee problems sent him to the Miami Dolphins. In came Jackson, a second-round pick from Alabama State in 2006.
Jackson’s history of injuries, sub-60 percent completion rate, and the ability to produce more interceptions than touchdown passes made him a liability for the Vikings to win with. Throughout his time in Minnesota, he was challenged for the starting spot by journeymen such as Brad Johnson and Gus Frerotte.
Jackson would go on to play the journeyman role himself, most notably with the Seahawks as a backup for Russell Wilson. Jackson earned a Super Bowl ring, and he even received playing time during Seattle’s blowout victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Unfortunately, not a ring or a competitive advantage as a quarterback for the Vikings makes him the second-most disappointing quarterback the franchise has ever drafted.