DALLAS — Coach Brad Childress was about as unhappy as I’ve seen him in three years of covering his teams after the Vikings’ 16-10 preseason loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night at Texas Stadium.
Much of this is reflected in the game story that I filed for the paper so I won’t repeat it but let’s just say Childress wasn’t pleased at all with either John David Booty or Brooks Bollinger. Both quarterbacks played a half Thursday and the Vikings were hoping that one would perform well enough that he would earn the No. 3 job behind Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte. It didn’t happen.
Booty played the first half and was eight of 15 for 93 yards with no touchdowns, an interception (it led to a Dallas touchdown) and a 44.6 passer rating. Bollinger, in the second half, was six of 18 for 62 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 44.2 passer rating.
“Both quarterbacks were average,” Childress said. “Is that disappointing? Yeah. Average is about the worst thing you can say about somebody. Average.”
Childress also wasn’t happy with losing, although it was a game in which the Cowboys and Vikings both sat the majority of their regulars. It was interesting that Bobby Wade ended up playing so much. The Vikings closed the preseason with a 1-3 record with their only victory coming at Baltimore. “There were some good things in the preseason,” Childress said. “This game is disappointing to me.”
Jackson repeated what he has been saying for the past week. He will be ready to play Sept. 8 against the Packers. Jackson very well might play with the brace he has been wearing on the right knee since spraining the medial collateral ligament in the second preseason game.
Jackson was hurt as he was scrambling. Many have said he should have hit the ground. Jackson said last Saturday that he would “never” slide but it seems he might have had a change of heart.
Asked Thursday about whether he should hit the ground, Jackson said: “It depends on the situation, it depends on matchups. I still feel like if I’m one-on-one with somebody I can beat them. But everybody looks at me as a quarterback. I look at myself as a quarterback also but it’s a little different. I’ve got to change my mindset, I guess. We’ll see.”
Childress said the one player who stood out to him Thursday was defensive end Brian Robison, who missed the first three preseason games after undergoing surgery on his leg to fix a varicose vein. Robison played most of the game and had three tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hurry.
“He was playing a different speed,” Childress said. “Otis Grigsby is playing a different speed. Those guys jumped out at you like a sore thumb.”
Said Robison: “Things went well. We showed an ability on pass rush. I wish they had run the ball more so I could work on my foot work on that. … I didn’t get too winded at all. My conditioning was good. I didn’t get tired tonight.”