As the Minnesota Vikings regroup after an 0-2 start, indications are coach Brad Childress may not be as committed to starting QB Tarvaris Jackson as he has been in the past. Childress did commit to Jackson following the 18-15 home loss to Indy as the starter again in Week 3, but any long-term job security that did exist might now be in question.
When Childress was asked on Monday if he is sticking with his third-year QB because of a public perception that the two are linked together, he answered it this way:
“I’m always looking at what’s giving us the best opportunity to win. If it’s Tarvaris, it’s Tarvaris. If it’s Gus Frerotte, it’s Gus Frerotte. If it’s J.D. Booty, it’s J.D. Booty. As I look through the thing and analyze it, I know I was asked the question yesterday, ‘Is that the quarterback at the end of the week? Is that the guy that’s going to be the quarterback?’ It’s something that is ongoing.
“You don’t crown a guy king, and then the king doesn’t have any clothes on and you say, ‘Hey he’s still the king.’ You just need to make sure that you’re doing the right thing. We’re chewing on a bunch of things right now and making sure that he’s the best guy for us to go forward.”
That might not bode well for Jackson, although Childress made it clear later in his press conference that the QB does not have a shorter leash this season. Jackson has completed 50.8 percent of his passes for 308 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.