Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress turned rumor and speculation into truth on Wednesday, making the switch at quarterback from Tarvaris Jackson to veteran Gus Frerotte.
Childress indicated that the switch would not be temporary, and that Frerotte is now the starter for the Vikings.
Childress has backed Jackson since he was named the full-time starter before the 2007 season. On Monday, Jackson’s job-security came into question for the 0-2 Vikings when Childress said the coaching staff was considering all of its options.
Both Jackson and the Vikings’ offense have struggled this season. The Vikings have scored 34 points, including just two offensive touchdowns, both of which came during the fourth quarter of a Week 1 loss to Green Bay. The Vikings lost 18-15 after a late rally by the Colts in Week 2, with five Ryan Longwell field goals accounting for all of the scoring. Jackson completed 14-of-24 passes for 130 yards in the loss, with no touchdowns or interceptions. He has completed 50.8 percent of his passes this season.
Childress said he still believes in Jackson’s potential.
“I still think he has a future in this league,” said Childress. “I hope this is just a bump in the road for him.”
Frerotte finds himself inserted into the starting lineup, which is nothing new for the 15-year veteran. He has started 84 of his 139 career games with seven different franchises, often going from reserve to starter. Frerotte, who also played for the Vikings in 2003-04, signed during the offseason for his second stint with the team.