Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jackson to Minnesota? No Chance.

In an effort to staunch an increasing exodus of users, Yahoo! appears intent on marginalizing its content by favoring headlines not supported by content and content not supported by research or reason.  Monday's story citing the Minnesota Vikings' interest in recently released Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Tarvaris Jackson certainly appears to fall into one of these categories.

During his most prolific season in Minnesota (2007), Jackson completed 58% of his passes for 1,900 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards passing per attempt and 11 yards per completion, and adding 21 yards rushing per game.  He also threw 12 picks and was sacked 19 times.

Following the 2010 season, with only Joe Webb on the roster, current Vikings' General Manager Rick Spielman opted not to bring back Jackson.  Seattle picked up Jackson, immediately anointing him the starter with Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll chiding Minnesota for its "abuse and misuse" of Jackson and frequently referring to Jackson as the "respected leader of the team."

Carroll's praise for Jackson appears to have been less than sincere.  Without playing a down in the 2012 pre-season, Jackson was cut in favor of a player, Matt Flynn, who has one career start to his name.

Jackson's departure follows a 2011 season in which the former Vikings' signal caller completed 60% of his passes for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per attempt and 13 yards per completion.  Jackson also threw 13 interceptions and endured a mind-numbing 42 sacks.

Although Jackson improved slightly during his one year in Seattle from his best year in Minnesota, there is little question but that that improvement was at least in part the consequence of playing the Rams and Cardinals twice each and going against a porous Eagles' defense.  Even with the slight uptick, however, Jackson was still only 21st in the league in passer rating, 20th in yards, and 22nd in yards per attempt.

Below Jackson in each of these categories was current Vikings' starter Christian Ponder.  While Jackson probably has shown his upside, however, Ponder is a player expected to surpass the modest bar that Jackson has set.

Jackson would never come to Minnesota as a possible starter, but even bringing him in as a backup would be purposeless and counter-productive as his numbers are no better than Joe Webb's prorated numbers, and Jackson does not offer the running capabilities, elusiveness, or even the accuracy of Webb.  And as a third-stringer, Jackson surely offers even less, with Sage Rosenfels providing the Vikings the veteran presence, on and off the field, that Jackson simply does not suggest.

Spielman made the right call on Jackson in 2011.  And nothing to date suggests that he even remotely regrets that decision or has any reason for such regrets.  Given the Vikings' current situation at quarterback, bringing Jackson back to Minnesota thus makes no sense.

1 comment:

Childress of A Lesser God said...

Just the thought of Jackson back in MN has given me a headache.