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Vikings’ Favre Will Divide, Packers Will Conquer

It has started already.

The rumblings out of Minnesota. A team divided. A “schism” it’s being called.

In the words of one NFL source, Favre has “little support” in the locker room.

Ah, it’s music to my ears.

Like Napoleon Bonaparte, the self-proclaimed emperor of France that didn’t know when to stop, has Brett Favre gone too far and agitated his own Minnesota minions?

There are many players in the Viking locker room that don’t want Favre there. Some resent his riding in on his white horse to seemingly “rescue” the Vikings. “We didn’t need rescuing” is the sentiment.

Some resent the special treatment he has received from the Vikings organization and Brad Childress.

What self-respecting NFL coach drives to the airport to pick up a player? None. Except for Brad Childress.

Some are just buddies of Tarvaris Jackson and are incensed at the raw deal he has received. All T-Jack wanted was a fair fight between him and Sage Rosenfels. That scenario is officially dead.

And some are in Rosenfels’ corner. They felt he could bring the consistency that T-Jack lacks.

After all, the Vikings did pretty well when unspectacular, but steady Gus Frerotte was at the helm last year. Why not give Sage a chance? That possibility is also dead.

As Abe Lincoln said (borrowed from the new testament, I believe), “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Will Favre turn the Minnesota Vikings into “Team Turmoil?” It really only depends on one thing—how well he plays. If he is able to play at a high level and lead the Vikings to some wins, most likely all will be forgotten.

I happen to be one Packer fan that still believes he can play and if healthy, he will help the Vikings. But I  don’t regret the Packers’ decision to go with Aaron Rodgers. That decision is looking better every day.

But if Favre playing well doesn’t come to pass, resentment will linger, the “schism” will get larger, and the Vikings divided “house” and season will come tumbling down.

Like the egomaniacal emperor Napoleon, Brett Favre has recorded many victories and conquered many hardships. But will going to Minnesota be his Waterloo and mark the end of his reign as emperor of the NFL?

If so, then perhaps the Packers will conquer the NFC North. As a Packer fan, it’s what I have to hope for.

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You can find more of Jersey Al Bracco’s articles on several sports websites: Jersey Al’s Blog, Packer Chatters , Packers Lounge, NFL Touchdown and of course,  Bleacher Report.

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Dissecting the Minnesota Vikings (Fantasy Football)

(Reprinted from www.SCFantasyFootball.com)

So apparently Brett Favre is re-re-un-retiring and is going to be a Viking this season. What does this mean? Well, now you’ll find out in SC Fantasy Football’s first-ever Dissection article, where we pick apart the individual player-by-player fantasy fallout. And what better way to start than here with ESPN’s Golden Boy? So here we go…

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What Are the Minnesota Vikings Thinking?

This is going to be more of a rant than anything, so please bare with me. I understand that Brett Favre loves to play football and that it is very hard to give it up, but this is just beyond ridiculous now.

However, I believe most of the blame lies with the Minnesota Vikings.

Forget the fact that Favre may only be coming back to get revenge on Green Bay.

Forget the fact that Favre is up there in age and that this may only be a one year investment for Minnesota.

For starters, they have almost certainly been lying to the public (and more importantly, some of their players) about the whole situation for at least a few weeks now.

There is no way that anyone can tell me that all the details between the two sides had been figured out over the past few days. I believe both Favre and the Vikings front office knew this deal was done a few weeks ago when Brad Childress said they were each going to go their separate ways.

I’m not saying this was some kind of elaborate conspiracy, but the writing is clearly on the wall.

Brett Favre just did not want to go to training camp, much like other veterans of the NFL. In fact, as much disdain as I have for him now, I have to say Favre played this pretty brilliantly.

He got out of going to training camp, and now he’s essentially being handed the keys to a team with Super Bowl talent.

This brings me to Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

I’m not really a fan of either. However, if I were in their shoes, I would want out of Minnesota as soon as possible.

These two guys competed throughout training camp with the thought that (despite everything going on with Brett Favre) one of them was going to be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. However, it has been made crystal clear throughout the entire summer that the Vikings have zero faith in either of them.

Think about this: it has to be difficult to go out on the field and give everything you have for your teammates and organization knowing that your coach, who is supposed to have your back, is actively doing any and everything in his power to bring in another quarterback.

It has to be hard knowing that some of your teammates, the guys you should be able to count on, are almost campaigning for Brett Favre to join the team.

Minnesota cut these guys off at the legs and Jackson and Rosenfels should be furious.

One of my biggest problems with how they handled this situation was that they had guys out there months ago who were certain they wanted to play football and, in my opinion, are better than Favre at this time.

Jeff Garcia, who I think is criminally underrated, was sitting around for months and the Vikings didn’t go after him.

Byron Leftwich, who is much younger than Favre, was on the market for a little while. I think he is very hungry this season and is poised to have a breakout year.

Also, if they were so dead set on getting another quarterback, why in the world did they trade for Rosenfels in the first place, after he made it clear last year that he is and will always be a backup?

Finally, I don’t know if Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman, and Childress have all been immune to the absurd amount of TV coverage that Favre has received the past three or four off-seasons, but they should all know that they are in for another rough off-season in 2010.

Favre will once again go back-and-forth on whether or not he wants to play and the Vikings will be forced to deal with it.

At the end of the day, I will admit the Vikings are undoubtedly a better team with Favre under center compared to Jackson or Rosenfels. I believe they will make a relatively deep run in the NFC, but is it at all worth it if they don’t at least make it to the Super Bowl?

What if Minnesota gets off to a 1-3 or 1-4 start? What if Favre plays like he did in the Jets’ last four games?

Will everything the Vikings have gone through and will continue to endure be worth it?

Only time will tell, but it is very clear to me that the Vikings are desperate and are making bad decisions that will haunt them in the future.

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Breaking News: Brett Favre To Join Vikings, Start Friday Against Chiefs?

When I first reported on the possible return of Brett Favre less than 24 hours ago, there was mixed feelings in the air.

Some unnamed players spoke out about the deal already being done, and that Favre would be joining the team sometime this week.

Yet, at one point the Minnesota Vikings’ front office were surprised about the rumors surrounding Favre, and were focused on the quarterback battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

Well, look how much one day makes—Favre has agreed to join the Minnesota Vikings, less then a month after saying he would stay retired.

Minnesota fans are happy, Green Bay fans prepare for war, and the Monday Night match-up between the Vikings and Packers.

A press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m., according to sources.

With questions going on as to when Favre will hit the preseason action, it is believed to be as early as this week.

According to a recent report, Favre will start in Friday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Of course you have to think it’s a simple rumor, especially with Favre not knowing any of the playbook.

Whether they just want to get him out there and earn some in-game action before the season starts make sense, but surely they will have to adjust parts of the playbook if Favre is going to play.

If healthy, Favre does make Minnesota the team to beat in the NFC, along with the New York Giants.

Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson will challenge for the second string spot on the depth chart.

As if there hasn’t been enough controversy in the month of August before the 2009 season starts. Well, you can add the return of the Brett Favre saga which could even be the most discussed topic over Tom Brady and Mike Vick.

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In Sage Rosenfels, the Minnesota Vikings Have Just What They Need

Much has been said regarding the Minnesota Vikings and their troubles at the quarterback position—in the media, in the bars, and around the campfire.  Many believe that the Vikings are one position away from becoming the NFC favorite; one solid passer away from a legitimate Super Bowl run. 

And while some fans of the Purple and Gold lull themselves to sleep at night with visions of a Hall of Fame quarterback sharing the field with Adrian Peterson, few have considered what became readily apparent in the first two drives of Minnesota’s first Preseason game in Indianapolis last Friday: Sage Rosenfels just might be good enough.

It is more than likely that Rosenfels is no Dan Marino waiting to happen; however, there is no denying the man’s considerable skills.  An intelligent pocket presence with excellent leadership qualities on the field combined with an above-average ability to read opposing defenses is really all the Vikings’ offense needs in order to move up to the next level. 

Sure, every fan wants Warren Moon’s arm on Ben Rothlisberger’s body with Joe Montana’s brain leading their favorite offense, throwing for their team.  But let’s be realistic, what does Minnesota really need?

Simply put, what the Vikings’ offense needs in order to graduate into the upper-echelon, super-scary tier of elite units in the league is the ability to keep opposing teams alternating seven and eight men in the box.

If defenses are forced to respect the play action and the 15-yard dump pass, Adrian Peterson will be able to go to town all season long.  As soon as opponents start stacking the line to try to stop Peterson, a 20-yard pass to Sidney Rice (or to Percy Harvin) on a crossing pattern out of the slot will be enough to make a defensive coordinator think twice. 

Rosenfels has shown, both in Minnesota and throughout his career, that he is adept at this high-percentage, West Coast approach to moving the ball.

There are questions surrounding Rosenfels’ arm strength, and his lack of consistent starting experience is also cause for concern.  These worries are mitigated, though, when one stops to consider the sheer number of mediocre quarterbacks in the history of the NFL who, right now, are owners of Super Bowl rings.

Rich Gannon, familiar to all Vikings fans, was a terrible quarterback for 15 years in the NFL before his one break-out season in 2002 helped Oakland get to and win the Big Game.

Trent Dilfer’s Super Bowl season was representative of his milquetoast career, throwing for only 1,502 yards and for 12 touchdowns, achieving the dizzying passer rating of 76.6 on the season.

Jim McMahon led the Bears to a Super Bowl in the 1985 season throwing for only 2,392 yards and 15 touchdowns (passer rating of 82.6).  Surely, Sage Rosenfels passing for 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in a season, on this Vikings offense, takes little stretching of the imagination.

Every Vikings fan in the world knows what they want out of a starting quarterback.  The real question that needs to be asked is, “What do the Vikings need?”  Look at the glass half-full.  Look at what the Vikings don’t have in a quarterback:

Minnesota doesn’t have Michael Vick, and all the chaos to be expected with such a controversial figure.  Minnesota doesn’t have, thank God, Brett Favre and that requisite pile of uncertainty and circus.  Nor does Minnesota have Jay Cutler, and the inevitable destruction of team cohesion that follows him like a cloud.

Who knows?  Perhaps Rosenfels will surprise everyone and emerge as a first rate starting NFL quarterback.  But until that happens, and even if it doesn’t, the Vikings have everything they need to become one of the elite teams in the league, and perhaps even the next Super Bowl Champions.

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Minnesota Vikings—Indiannapolis Colts: Advantage Sage Rosenfels

If the supposed battle for the starting job for the Vikings was a close call, it’s not anymore. The Vikings had a showdown with the AFC powerhouse Colts on Friday in their first preseason game of the year.

Sage began the game on a 72-yard drive that ended in Chester Taylor’s 5-yard gallop for a touchdown. Sage went 5-for-5 for 42 yards and even added a 5-yard run into it.

Sage would only play the two opening series for the Vikings, both of which ended in points. Rosenfels ended the night 10-for-13 for 91 yards, having completed 76.9 percent of his passes, and not giving up one pick.

Tarvaris Jackson, however, only completed 7 of his 15 passes for a mere 39-yards and despite three rushing attempts, finished with no yardage.

Although neither were sacked, it should be pointed out that neither player got significant time in. This game will only prove to be one small piece of the overall competition.

Jared Allen, Fred Evans, and Ray Edwards also opened their first defensive series on Peyton Manning with three sacks.

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Vikings 2009 Hopes Rest With Sage Rosenfels

Watching Rosenfels performance in his start tonight, in which he completed two drives, was extremely calming and satisfying.  He was steady in the pocket, calm under pressure, and made good, confident decisions while delivering accurate, catchable passes.

The running backs are spectacular.  The receivers are deep and versatile.  The tight end has greatly improved.  The offensive line play remains solid with two significant changes.

The defensive line is dangerous.  The linebackers are fast, instinctive and swarm to the ball.  The starting cornerbacks are physical, determined, and experienced.  The starting safeties are entering their second year in the Vikings scheme and are active and prepared.

The kicker is solid and steady.  The punter is as consistent as one could hope.

Special teams coverage WILL improve.

The only question that was on the mind of every Vikings fan this offseason was the QB uncertainty.  Whether or not we choose to agree with how the Vikings went about gaining an improvement, this much is clear; we can win with Rosenfels.

Vikings fans need to be realistic.  Three years ago, we would have loved to have an All-Pro surefire big-time QB on our football team.  From 1998-2006, the Vikings were a dangerous passing offense.  But then Adrian Peterson happened…and everything changed.  We don’t need a Peyton Manning, a Drew Brees, or a Tom Brady.  All we need is a QB that can make the throws needed on any given play that forces the defense to respect him, that forces the defense not to bring 8 or 9 to the box because doing so would be suicide. 

Sage Rosenfels is the guy, and should be the starter.

In his first action today, Rosenfels was very impressive, while Jackson looked sloppy and unprepared.

Sure its the first preseason game, but Jackson has been with this team for his whole career.  Rosenfels just got here.  Why does he look more comfortable?

Great decisions, good passes, no mental errors

One pass to Shiancoe was especially impressive, right down the seam with his defender tight on his tail.  Rosenfels zinged it right into his hands just as the safety was coming in over the top to take him down.

Lets take a step away to recap the first half of the Vikings preseason opener:

Rosenfels impressive with 10/13 and 91 yards

Chester Taylor looked strong with four carries for 31 yards and a catch for 13 yards

Shiancoe looking good with four catches for 55 yards

Two fourth down conversions

Three sacks of Manning by the D-Line

 

Solid first half by the Vikings and plenty to build on.

Earlier this month, Adrian Peterson mentioned his personal goal is always 2,000 yards.  If the defense has to honor Rosenfels presence and ability for 16 games, there’s no reason why that can’t be possible someday.  Rosenfels can be the answer if Childress can get over his infatuation with Jackson and do the right thing.

Ball’s in your court Coach Childress….good luck

 

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Minnesota Vikings: 2010 Draft—Franchise Quarterback

The Minnesota Vikings have yet to take a snap into the 2009 season, but it’s quite clear that many have written off success in their 2009 season based on the quarterback situation between veteran career backup Sage Rosenfels and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson.

However, the Vikings may only be a contender for a few of the following years, and will need to fill their biggest position if they ever hope to achieve the Super Bowl title that has eluded them.

Tarvaris Jackson is progressing, but unless he becomes the quarterback of the future over night, T-Jack will be testing free agency next year, as his current contract expires after 2009.

Sage Rosenfels, acquired from the Houston Texans for the Vikings 2009 fourth-round draft pick, has been given the nod from most critics concerning the current quarterback situation. The problem, though, will be once 2009 is done.

Let’s say the Vikings fall short again and get stranded in wild card or divisional round of the playoffs, and find themselves in the same spot they did after the 2008 season. What then? Chances are, with that said, Brad Childress will find himself out of a job.

After a change in coaching, what next? Try their hand at grabbing old hall of fame quarterbacks like Brett Favre again, and try to put a band-aid on an issue that’s equivalent to a broken arm?

The Vikings have needed a long-term quarterback since the Culpepper era. This much is certain. The Vikings have their best legitimate chance in 2010 draft.

Now, the Vikings aren’t going to flop with a 4-12 record. They will definitely be a contender in a competitive NFC North. Over .500 is almost a gimmie.

On that note, they will most likely be in the bottom half of the first round in the draft, most likely around the 22nd or later.

At that point in the draft, the Vikings have few options at quarterback. The 2010 draft does feature the likelyhood of three top-notch quarterbacks ready to possibly come in and start. All three of the said quarterbacks were Heisman finalists, but will likely go in the first five picks.

The three quarterbacks in question are Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt McCoy (Texas), and Tim Tebow (Florida).

Sam Bradford is the 2008 Heismen trophy winner and current senior at University of Oklahoma. Coming from a pro-style offense in Oklahoma, his stock places him squarely in position to be the top quarterback, if not the top pick, of the 2010 draft. There is no question that Bradford will be an immediate starter in the NFL.

Colt McCoy is a 2008 Heisman finalist, and currently a junior and starting quarterback at the University of Texas in a highly competitive Big 12 conference.

Colt also has the benefit of coming from a pro-style offense, but has unfortunately a blemish from his freshmen year of throwing the ball up for grabs a lot, but seemed to tame his throw in the 2008 year as a sophomore.

He should go as a top 10 pick—maybe 15—but his pro-style will make him highly coveted to middle-round teams.

That leaves us with Tim Tebow—2007 Heisman winner, 2008 Heisman finalist, team leader of two straight national championships, and incoming senior to the University of Florida.

Tebow’s currently holds many of college football’s passing and quarterback rushing records, making him an interesting duel-threat quarterback.

The problem is that in the NFL he wouldn’t fit into the schemes of pro football, and likely would be grabbed early because of his passing records and ability to play in the clutch.

However, the University of Florida is trying to incorporate pro-style plays into it’s playbook this upcoming season, which should only help Tebow’s positioning.

The Vikings could probably take a swipe at Tebow, and he’ll probably fall to that 20th pick plateau…but will be risky pick. His questionable arm strength will not keep defenses from stacking the box on Adrian Peterson.

On that note, Tebow’s dual-threat ability would make a dangerous combo with Adrian Peterson, and would prove a good combo with former teammate Percy Harvin—who he has great chemistry with.

To grab Bradford would be a miracle, but he is the best option for an immediate impact. The Vikings would have to trade multiple draft picks, a playmaker, or both to get him.

None seem like good ideas with how talented the 2010 draft is shaping to be overall. However, the Vikings will be in the best condition they’ve been in for years, which would make it the best time to trade up.

McCoy would be the happy medium for the Vikings. Drafting him wouldn’t require an arm or a leg, and they would be getting a fine quarterback in return.

McCoy’s freshmen year looks daring, but it could be nothing but a fluke if he comes out and performs well in 2009.

On top of that, McCoy is also known for having decent speed, and could be nice cross between Tebow and Bradford. The problem is that McCoy has no hardware (awards).

Of course, Sage Rosenfels could prove to be the quarterback of the future for the Vikings and lead them to a playoff berth and the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

Or Tarvaris Jackson could finally be the quarterback he was meant to be…

Then again, the Vikings better be planning, just in case…

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The Minnesota Vikings 2009 Season: A Shaky QB Competiton Will Decide It All

When quarterback Sage Rosenfels took to the field for the first time as a Minnesota Viking at training camp in Mankato, he was guaranteed one sure thing: He would get a shot at the starting QB position. An area that has plagued a Vikings offense already loaded with talent.

With roster names such as Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Steve Hutchinson, and Percy Harvin, there is no reason to think the Vikings offense can’t be explosive. So what’s the biggest issue stopping the Minnesota Vikings from making a serious Super Bowl run?

The answer is simple: Consistency from the quarterback. It has long been the road block for the Vikings and any hopes of winning a franchise first Super Bowl title. Four trips to the big game in the 70’s and yet the purple have nothing to show for it.

Since the departure of now Detroit Lion QB and division rival Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings have lacked leadership, poise, and of course consistency.

The likes of Brad Johnson, Gus Frerotte, and Tavaris Jackson have all graced a purple and gold jersey through the years. The only remaining on the team is fourth year QB Jackson who has had a mediocre first three years as a Viking.

Jackson has shown at times brilliance in the passing game including his final four games in the 2008 season as he finished with nine TDs to two INTs.

However that won’t do in a rough and tough division such as the NFC North that features the Vikings’ rivals the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions.

The Minnesota Vikings surprised many NFL experts when they won the NFC North title and reached the playoffs, only to be ousted at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Jackson was rushed and forced to make mistakes and be too early or too late on his untimely throws to receivers.

The Eagles defense led by Defensive Coordinator, the great Jim Johnson, proved to be too much for young Jackson in his first playoff game. Their relentless blitzing and confusing defensive packages caused havoc for Jackson that included a pass that ended up in the hands of Eagle Cornerback Asante Samuel for a touchdown.

This offseason, the Minnesota Vikings’ staff made attempts at solving the QB dilemma with a short stint of pursuing Jay Cutler, then after that fell short, rumors popped up that Brett Favre was interested in playing with the Vikings.

The Vikings did, however, make a trade with the Houston Texans day one of the free agency dealing a 2009 Fourth Round Draft Pick for Sage Rosenfels. A move that had many Viking fans questioning the mind set of the Vikings coaches.

After a continuous summer long saga with future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre and another “No”, the Vikings are supposedly satisfied with the QB’s they have on the roster.

The roster of Sage Rosenfels, Tavaris Jackson, and second year QB John David Booty from USC.

The Minnesota Vikings enter their final week of training camp hoping to get a brighter picture on a already shaky QB competition. Rosenfels has been progressing with the Vikings playbook and has really made some chemistry with Vikings’ deep threat WR Bernard Berrian, throwing nice deep passes to him.

Jackson on the other hand, has had an up and down camp session spraining an MCL in his leg in the first full week of camp, only to re-aggravate it during a seven on seven Friday night drill. Although he says his knee is “fine”, the Vikings have cause for concern after a similar injury limited Jackson in last years preseason games.

As for Booty, the third QB and youngest of the three, well he is progressing as quick as a second year guy can in the NFL. The Vikings Offensive Coordinator Darrel Bevell also likes the way Booty has progressed, and with Jackson sitting out three days at camp, Booty got more throwing reps with the Vikings offense, a rarity for a third string QB, and a golden opportunity to get better.

So with all three QBs getting as many reps as possible, the Vikings are headed in the right direction, but where does it lead?

The Minnesota Vikings have to face the facts, they need a leader and consistency game after game from their quarterback. Something they haven’t seen for years, except for a few Tavaris Jackson positives in 2008.

No matter who wins the Vikings quarterback competition, Jackson or Rosenfels must step up to the plate and lead the explosive offense lead by the NFL’s best running back in Adrian Peterson and one of the best offensive lines in the league.

As good as Peterson is, the biggest leadership must come from the QB position. Especially in this case for a team that many consider Super Bowl ready now, with the only thing stopping them is of course the quarterback position.

Can Sage or Jackson lead a talented Vikings team deep into the playoffs?

Only time will tell, as the Minnesota Vikings preseason gets set to kick off. The biggest factor will come in those four preseason games, where the real work will be made for the two competitors.

They will have to prove themselves the better competitor from their opponent, and whether or not they can lead their team. The Vikings’ season depends on a successful passer if they want to reach their goal of a Super Bowl title.

When this QB competition comes to an end, you can still expect many to oppose the QB, whom ever it may be. But in the end, the Vikings’ season and their playoff fate will ultimately rest upon the shoulders of the Viking starter.

If this competition proves un-successful, the Vikings may lose even more precious time towards a Super Bowl run.

Time is ticking, and it’s not on the Vikings side.

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If Sage Rosenfels Falters, so Will the Minnesota Vikings

The 2009 offseason could have been highlighted by one the biggest additions in recent history of the franchise. Instead the Vikings have let the most hot air out of their fanbase since they joined the NFL in 1961.

After failing to sign Pro Bowl receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Vikings then let two of the bigger veterans on the squad leave to free agency in Pro Bowl center Matt Birk and Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper.

THEN, the Vikings, just when they couldn’t let their fans down any lower, had an opportunity to sign arguably the most decorated quarterback in the history of the league…and worse still, had him in the palm of their hand and let him go.

To make things even more interesting, Tarvaris Jackson has a sprained MCL. Although Brad Childress won’t admit it, his confidence in Jackson is wavering, and Sage Rosenfels is all but securing his role as the starter.

With all that said, the Vikings are literally only Sage away from near disaster. If something happens, the Vikings can almost kiss any chance of playoff return (forget Super Bowl run) goodbye.

Then again, John David Booty remains untapped and could prove to be worth a gamble.

The roster (with the exception of the quarterback position) seems very clear at this point.

With Aundrae Allison now free to sign with any team he pleases after his recent release, the wide receiver depth is beginning to take shape.

Bernard Berrian has his role solidified, Percy Harvin is proving to be just as versatile as advertised, Sidney Rice is showing great improvement in camp, and Bobby Wade is reliable as always.

There still is a small voice that Marvin Harrison is still in contact with the Vikings front office, but like Brett Favre, we’ll believe it when we see it.

The offensive line is still a bit dry. John Sullivan is currently etched in as the starting center with Ryan Cook as the only reasonable backup. Anthony Herrera is proving solid and could be the surprise in 2009 if the running game can flourish on the right side of the line.

Phil Loadholt will be interesting. His transition to the right side may prove to be a bit of a slide, but he may prove to be worth the grab.

Steve Hutchinson should be the pro guard everyone knows him as, and Bryant McKinnie could finally break through as a Pro Bowl tackle if he can keep his garbage off the field.

 

The Big Questions still left…

Will the Vikings sign a veteran later into camp as price tags begin to fall, or will they be content with what they have?

If Childress is as desperate as he’s appeared this offseason, then all signs point to yes.

 

Will the Vikings find help for second-year safety Tyrell Johnson or baptise him under fire in 2009?

Much like the last question, if Childress wants to keep his job. Tyrell appears to be transitioning to the NFL quite smoothly, but some veteran insurance wouldn’t be a bad idea.

 

Michael Vick anyone?

Considering that T-Jack already has the same elements as Vick, it makes little sense to replace a running quarterback with another, especially one with a colorful background.

 

*Money Question* Should the Vikings cancel training camp for a day and send the whole team to Hattiesburg, Miss., and publicly beg Brett Favre on his front lawn to come back?

It’s a funny thought to imagine nearly a hundred football players on their knees begging Favre to come back and lead them. Then again, knowing Zygi Wilf’s and Childress’ egos, they wouldn’t even dream of the thought, but it still is an interesting thought.

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