Three Reasons Why Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels Never Had a Chance

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Originally, I was going to title this “Three Reasons Why Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels Should Be Mad As Hell.” But as I started thinking about (and Googling) reasons why Jackson and Rosenfels should be pissed off that they were supplanted by the Ageless Wonder, I really couldn’t find anything solid.

Don’t get me wrong, though. There are arguments out there for them being mad as hell: Brett Favre is 39 years old. Brett Favre is an erratic gunslinger who shoots first and asks questions later. Brett Favre won’t be able to play the full 16-game regular season schedule.

But despite those arguments, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels never had a chance at the starting quarterback spot in Minnesota and here’s why:

Wow Factor: Or lack thereof. Both Jackson and Rosenfels have none. Now, while starting positions aren’t often won (or lost) in training camp, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress had no idea who his number one quarterback would be going into the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

No big deal, right? Position battles are usually settled by the end of preseason, and sometimes not even then. Look at Brady Quinn with the Cleveland Browns. How many hours before their season opener did Eric Mangini name him the starting quarterback?

But that’s beside the point. The truth of the matter is, Jackson and Rosenfels had done nothing of note during this year’s training camp and the entirety of their professional careers to make the Vikings think twice about signing an almost 40-year-old quarterback on the downside of his career.

Fun Factor: Brett Favre exudes it. Warning: exaggerated blanket statement ahead. I’m not sure there is anyone in the NFL who has more fun on the field than Favre.

Whether he’s smacking the butt of the wide receiver he just hooked up with on a touchdown pass,  or he’s smacking the butt of the 360-pound defensive tackle who just helped him up after smashing him to the turf, Favre has a smile on his face.

Now granted, I have no idea how much fun Jackson and Rosenfels are having this season. But I don’t think it’s anywhere near where it could be (or should be) because they’re so focused on proving themselves. And that’s when they get the chance to prove themselves, not if.

Brett Favre Factor: Eleven years ago, he had a brief cameo in the Farrelly brothers’ movie There Something About Mary, but when it comes to the Vikings, There’s Something About Brett Favre. If you know what it is, please clue me in.

It just doesn’t make much sense. The man will be 40 years old next month. The man also has a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, possible cracked ribs, and even said he may not be able to play the entire season. And yet, the Vikings signed him.

Actually, the appeal of Favre’s wow factor and fun factor makes sense, but you can’t measure how many games wow and fun will win. So there has to be some other reason why the Vikings adore Favre so much.

Maybe it’s his 169 regular season victories as a starting quarterback. Maybe it’s his 464 career touchdown passes.

Or maybe it’s just the simple fact that he’s Brett Favre.


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