Childress defends Jackson’s work ethic

It’s been an interesting offseason for Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson. From the Vikings trading for veteran Sage Rosenfels to the constant Brett Favre speculation to teammate Pat Williams’ remarks about his work ethic last week, Jackson has faced questioning from all angles.

On Friday, Vikings coach Brad Childress defended Jackson at the first day of the team’s minicamp, raising the issue during his media session even before reporters began asking questions. Childress called Jackson “one of the hardest-working guys” on the Vikings’ roster.

“I just think it’s important really to set the record straight as far as Tarvaris is concerned,” Childress said. “Just in terms of the time he spends here, the time he spends in the books, with the wide receivers, in the weight room, strength and conditioning … there are very few people who work as hard as he does in the offseason.

“If you guys know Pat (Williams), you guys have covered him on a frequent basis; I’ve listened to Pat talk to Tarvaris about that since Tarvaris has been here. I’m not sure that his comments, cast as criticism, he might say the same thing to me. But I watch that every day. I watch that dynamic every day, so it takes on a little bit of a different tone for me. I understand that everybody wants opinions about everything. But sometimes opinions are your own.”

Answering the only follow up question after his comments on Jackson, Childress said Williams approached him about what was said and “felt poorly.”

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