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Jackson Won’t Be Handed the Starting QB Job in 09

The Vikings are still going to keep their eyes open for a possible QB in free agency and the draft, as the Philadelphia Daily News says today that Tarvaris Jackson will not simply be given the starting QB job in the 2009 season. Jackson was the starter at the end of the year, but flamed out and didn’t play well in the playoff loss to the Eagles. Here is the report:

Tarvaris Jackson won’t be handed the Vikings’ starting quarterback job next season. He will have to earn it. Head coach Brad Childress said Jackson will have to compete for the starting job against an as-yet undetermined veteran. “We need to put somebody in place that will push him and compete with him,” Childress said. “I think competition is the nature of the game. At some places, it may not be. But in our situation, we need to have good, healthy competition because I think that makes everybody better.” Some have suggested Minnesota as a possible landing place for Michael Vick. But knowing Childress, that doesn’t seem likely. Speaking of Vick, some teams think he would make an ideal Wildcat.

Going after a player like Vick would be a huge risk, as he’s not even back in the league as of yet. Gus Frerotte says he’ll only come back if he’s given the starting job, which probably won’t happen either. Some have also talked about bringing in vet Jeff Garcia, who won’t be back in Tampa Bay.

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