Will the Vikings Quarterback Please Stand Up?
Though Vikings named Tarvaris Jackson as this year’s starting quarterback, Brad Childress is refusing to name a starting quarterback for the week six game against the Chicago Bears.  Estimating that he’s about 90 percent healthy, Jackson told reporters that the pain from a recent hip injury won’t go away, adding that he would play through it.  Childress noted that nobody was 100 percent at this point in the season and that Jackson needed more than just “doing everything that’s on protocol.”  Jackson would have to be able to protect himself to get in the game on Sunday.

The Vikings picked up veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb who started in the Vikings’ most recent lost to the Green Bay Packers in Favre’s record setting winning effort on Sept. 30.  However, Holcomb was very unimpressive, making a number of mistakes, and throwing the ball away more often than throwing it to a receiver. What was perhaps most disconcerting for Vikings' fans was Holcomb’s attitude. Between plays and after offensive penalties (primarily false starts), Holcomb frequently looked annoyed and quite angry, rolling his eyes, and openly sneering at other players.

When the options are limited to a second year player who hasn’t demonstrated an ability to think independently or make big plays and a veteran whose best year came as a part time starter four years ago for the Browns (throwing 10 touchdowns and passing for 1,797 yards in eight starts), there doesn’t appear to be much hope for the Vikings' quarterbacks to lead the team.  If the Vikings want to become contenders in any way, Jackson is going to have to get healthy and start leading the team, or Holcomb is going to have to put some heart into the game and play for real. Displaying disdain for your fellow players on the field will earn no respect.  For your guys to play for you, there has to be elements of trust and brotherhood, both of which would be bred from respect. Is one of these guys going to step it up?

By T. Lloyd, 20Yardline.com
October 11, 2007