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The Pieces Begin to Fall Into Place

The fall-out from the Favre signing will eventually settle like dust on some desolate prairie . Soon only three will stand where once there were four. I’m not talking about some desperate gun fight, but rather the battle for the second and third string QB position.

As I have said before, Tavaris Jackson has a long, slow wind up motion which tends to make his throws “Sail”. The length of his arms make it difficult to “flick” the ball out to the flat areas. This isn’t something he is likely to get much better at. Hard work simply won’t overcome this physical reality. It is precisely this mechanism that allows for the leverage from his shoulder to his elbow, and his elbow to his wrist that makes his arm so powerful. This is why tall lanky people sometimes seem unusually strong for their size.

He has worked very hard in his accuracy. However, it is the very attribute that gives him his ability to throw a pass 65 yards flat footed, that also limits his accuracy to throw a pass 5-8 yards on an out pattern. Unfortunately, these attributes are simply not well suited to the West Coast offense run by the Vikings. Jackson would be a much better fit in a run and shoot, wide open offense like the Raiders employ. It’s simply like putting a round peg into a square hole.

Rosenfels, however, has significantly less power in his arm, but his compact release allows him to get rid of the ball quickly, and his excellent accuracy on short and intermediate routes is an excellent fit with the quick hits, slants, screens and short out routes that are the major make-up of the West coast offence.

Ditto, for John Davis Booty who ran a similar offense at USC. He is quietly having a very good camp and is legitimately pushing for the back-up spot that is now up for grabs between all three of these guys.

The way I think it may shake-out is that obviously Favre becomes the starter, while Rosenfel’s eventually settles in at number 2 and give the Vikings one of the best back-ups QB’s in the league. While the team keeps Booty (and his potential) as the # 3 developmental QB.

Jackson becomes the Odd man out. He probably has a small amount of trade value as well. Oh by the way……Don’t expect teams to line up and get into a bidding war. I’ve listened to fans saying we should be able to get a number 1 pick for him, etc. Forget that……Never gonna happen ! The Vikings may be able to wrestle a 6th or 7th round pick, but not much else. It is very likely, that they simply release him and cut their losses on this failed experiment by Chilli and co.

What do you think ?

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One Response to “The Pieces Begin to Fall Into Place”

  1. Trik says:

    I think Tarvaris is spelled just like that. Round pegs fit in square holes, it’s the other way around that doesn’t work. And Rosenfels doesn’t have an apostrophe in it.

    Take pride in your writing man.

    Oh, and I think they’ll get a fourth rounder for TJack if they can keep him until a couple of starters get added to the injured list.

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