Ego is one of the biggest shortcomings of mankind. It’s hard to put our ego aside, especially when you are standing in the spotlight, like Brett Favre is. But the same holds true for an unproven quarterback such as Tarvaris Jackson.
It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Lord Favre will make his triumphant return as a Viking. It’s worth noting that the Vikings pursued Favre, who was perfectly content driving his tractor on his farm.
I think it would be a huge mistake for Jackson to seek a trade, as has been rumored, if Favre joins the Vikings. Favre is a short-term solution, whether it be one or two seasons. Like the late Steve McNair, Jackson was raw coming out of Alabama State and is still a work in progress. McNair succeeded because he had an opportunity to sit and watch until he was ready to play. Jackson is making progress, but his development isn’t on par with the Super Bowl readiness of this team.
So Jackson reportedly will ask for a trade, but where would he go? Let’s be realistic. No one will trade for Jackson with the intent that he will be a viable 2009 starter. Consequently, he would be a backup and starting at the bottom of the totem pole as most teams have their No. 1 and, in most cases, No. 2 quarterbacks positioned for the season.
Ego is a powerful thing, but reality has to set in at some point. I don’t see a market for Jackson based on his limited body of work. I just hope someone gets to him and brings him back to his senses.
What say you?