So, all you people out there who picked the Vikes to win the NFC North — how you feeling right about now? It seemed odd, I thought, that so many people were willing to support a team that had, uh, a bit of a question mark at the quarterback position. A question mark that is now so big that he can’t even keep Gus Frerotte off the field.
Frerotte, the NFL’s equivalent to Ted McGinley, is coming off a stellar season with the Rams in which he posted a lofty 58.3 QB rating in eight starts. Apparently, that’s good enough for Brad Childress to send Tarvaris Jackson to the rails. And really, after you’ve been displaced by Gus, is there any future for you in the NFL?
Strangely, it seems like Childress was for Jackson before he was against him. ESPN.COM’s John Clayton reports that after Minnesota’s loss to Indy on Sunday, Childress said that Jackson “is definitely our quarterback this week.” But then things changed:
But that stance started to soften on Monday, when he said coaches were “chewing on a bunch of things right now and making sure that he’s the best guy for us to go forward.”
All the Vikings are giving the move a ringing endorsement. Just listen to what receiver Bobby Wade has to say:
“I was very surprised,” Wade said. “I didn’t anticipate that. Obviously it’s the coach’s decision and the administration’s decision and we have to run with that.”
Let’s decode that:
“Are you s***tting me? Gus F***ing Frerotte? Somebody trade me to the f***ing Seahawks!”
And lest you think that this is just a temporary move to let Jackson get his head together, think again:
Childress said that barring injury, Frerotte will be the quarterback for the rest of the season. However, Childress added he hasn’t given up on the 25-year-old Jackson as an option for the team’s long term.
A “long term” that you’re certainly destined to be a part of, Mr. Childress, because as we all know, NFL coaches usually get 10-12 years to get things figured out.
The ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS’ Tom Powers speculates on why there was such a quick trigger on Jackson (remember, he had a 70.3 rating last season vs. Frerotte’s aforementioned 58.3):
1) Childress decided he’d like to remain employed as a head coach.
2) Zygi Wilf ordered him to make the change. He spent a bundle and no doubt is horrified to see his team 0-2 and all stadium talk submerged beneath a sea of grumbles.
3) There was a player mutiny.
Wade’s comments make #3 sound unlikely. #1 would make more sense if Childress had a better backup quarterback to turn to. I’m going to have to go with door #2.
Regardless, Gus shouldn’t be around for long since he’ll likely bash his head in the first time he throws a touchdown pass. Which may be like week 9.