Vikings coach Brad Childress faced a number of questions regarding the play of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Monday and his answers were surprising.
Childress said immediately after the game Sunday that Jackson will definitely start against Carolina this week but 24 hours later Childress left open the possibility that he would make a change at some point if he felt someone else gives the team a better chance to win.
Childress was asked about the perception that he has tied his future to Jackson without looking at other options. Childress said he will play the quarterback who gives his team the best chance to win.
“I’m always looking at what’s giving us the best opportunity to win,” he said. “If it’s Tarvaris, it’s Tarvaris. If it’s Gus Frerotte, it’s Gus Frerotte. J.D. Booty, it’s J.D. Booty. I know I was asked a question yesterday, is that the guy who who’s going to be the quarterback at the end of the week? That’s something that is ongoing. You don’t crown a guy king and then the king doesn’t have any clothes on and you say, ‘Hey, he’s still the king.’ You just need to make sure you’re doing the right thing there. We’re chewing on a bunch of things right now and making sure he’s the best guy for us to go forward.”
Asked what needs to happen for a switch to be made, Childress said: “I just think that’s probably more subjective than anything else. I want to get together with my coaches and sit down and just look through all of the situations we’ve been through. I sit and grade the film. They sit and grade the film. I sit and watch it with them. We have a staff meeting to talk about how everyone plays. We’ll have a few more meeting this afternoon. That’s something that will fall back to me before we get going on Wednesday.”
Childress also said he thinks Jackson has showed progress this season.
“I don’t think there’s any question that he’s showed progress,” he said. “Has it manifested itself in terms of wins? No. Has he been able to throw more accurately? He makes some throws where you say, that’s an unbelievable throw that he just stuck in there.”