Before anyone makes the assumption that the Vikings have given up on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson consider this bit of information that came out this week at the Super Bowl.
Jay Glazer, an NFL information man for Fox Sports, told New York-based WFAN Radio that Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell recently talked to him about getting Jackson involved in a Mixed Martial Arts program this offseason. Glazer is very involved in MMA and because he is good friends with people such as Vikings coach Brad Childress teams often confide in him and ask for his help.
The Vikings’ intention isn’t to have Jackson switch careers but rather, according to Glazer, the Minnesota coaches saw how Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen benefitted from MMA training. “I had gotten Jared Allen in one two years ago,” Glazer said. “We turned him from a big, stiff white guy to a guy that actually can come off the edge. He came in every day, was committed to us out in Arizona. They asked if we could do the same for Tarvaris to get his hips … really loosen up his hips. It looks like they are planning long-term with him.”
By the way, Glazer also took some of the credit for the Vikings hiring of Mike Tomlin as their defensive coordinator in 2006. Childress had Tomlin on his coaching staff for one season before the Steelers hired him as their head coach. Tomlin came to the Vikings from Tampa Bay.
“Tomlin and I started a relationship years ago, I met him through Ronde [Barber] and John Lynch,” Glazer said. “Then when Brad Childress needed a defensive coordinator he said, ‘Hey, I know you’re tight with a bunch of guys, who do you think would fit me best?’ I hooked him up with Tomlin and those two guys hit it off immediately. It was a nice little match.”