Coach Brad Childress’ quarterback rotation for the Vikings’ preseason finale on Thursday at Dallas does not include Mike McMahon. Childress said this afternoon that Johnson will play the entire first half — the result of the lengthy layoff before the regular-season opener on Sept. 11 — and be followed by rookie Tarvaris Jackson and J.T. O’Sullivan.
Childress tried to downplay what this means for McMahon but the veteran has struggled in the preseason. He has a QB rating of 23.7, compared to 112.2 for Jackson and 98.2 for Johnson. McMahon was signed as a free agent during the offseason to serve as Johnson’s backup; he played under Childress last season in Philadelphia and was familiar with the West Coast system the Vikings are using.
Childress also said the Vikings will take a look at tape of quarterback A.J. Feeley, who was released by San Diego on Monday. Feeley, like McMahon, played for the Eagles when Childress was that team’s offensive coordinator.
Childress said it will be a game-time decision whether cornerback Fred Smoot (ribs) and running back Mewelde Moore (knee) will play Thursday. Smoot would be replaced by Dovonte Edwards.