Tarvaris Jackson sits in the unenviable position of waiting on word from Brett Favre. A second-round draft pick in 2006 and a one-time (at least) starting quarterback for the Vikings was slated to compete with veteran Sage Rosenfels before No. 4 showed up last training camp, and he might again this August, depending (of course) on Favre’s pending decision.
Jackson told Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday, via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, that he never requested a trade after Favre’s arrival in Minnesota.
“You have to think everything through and think of different scenarios and just try to be ready for anything because you never really know what [coaches and front office people] are thinking,” Jackson told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. “Honestly, it crossed my mind and I’ve wanted change, but change is not always good. The grass is not always greener on the other side. The Vikings are all I know right now, and I’m just trying to do my best around here.”
And Jackson, who again must spend the offseason preparing as the starter, ironically noted to Zulgad that one of the things he has learned and is borrowing from Favre is the approach to be himself regardless of the circumstances. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, nor is it not knowing if you’re the team’s choice to start.
“It’s different when you know you’re the guy or when you kind of think you’ll be a backup,” Jackson said. “You can say you’re going to work as hard, but it’s a lot different when you know you’re going to be the guy and you’ve got those guys depending on you.”
I’ve heard the opinion that the Vikings are managing the quarterback situation on a year-to-year basis, leading many — including Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press — to wonder out loud about the long-term plan. I’m just saying, but don’t discount the fact that Vikings coach Brad Childress, who has a solid reputation working with quarterbacks, used a high pick on Jackson out of Alabama State and might not be willing to give up on his development because of what he has invested.