August 3, 2010
With the big breaking news out of the NFL today that Brett Favre has officially retired everyone awaits his announcement that he is coming out of retirement. Everyone but Tarvaris Jackson.
While Brett Favre did bring another dimension to the Vikings team he also brought chemistry and made the young guys believe in themselves, making sure they had the confidence they needed for when Favre was no longer there.
Now, reportedly Favre is no longer there and the fifth year quarterback out of Alabama State, Tarvaris Jackson, presumably takes over as the starter. In 33 career games Jackson has thrown for a total of 3,643 yards with 21 career touchdowns, 18 interceptions and 10 fumbles.
Those are not the most impressive numbers considering that Minnesota’s quarterback last season threw for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and just 2 fumbles.
While Sage Rosenfels has been struggling in camp and recent trade rumors have swirled the Vikings went out and used a sixth round pick on a rookie quarterback Joe Webb who they believe could be a draft steal and their quarterback for the future.
So the ball is literally in Tarvaris Jackson’s hands to begin the season. With his backup not showing positive signs to the coaching staff, if Tarvaris Jackson begins to struggle don’t be surprised if you see a 6′4″ 220 pound rookie quarterback taking the field for the Vikings.
With all that being said, now the skill players such as wide receivers Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, and, most importantly, franchise running back Adrian Peterson must step up. If the Vikings want to return to the glory road and make sure they don’t fall off with Brett gone, Adrian Peterson and Tarvaris Jackson will have to step up and play like they want to win.
The annual three-ring Brett Favre circus is officially open for business.
He has already made as many retirement announcements as Super Bowl appearances and now it appears retirements could be taking an insurmountable 3-2 lead. Unless, of course, Favre changes his mind, which happens every now and then.
Favre, the future Hall of Famer, had one of his best seasons in his first year with the Vikings, but he will be 41 in October and had offseason surgery on his left ankle, an injury from the NFC title game loss to the Saints. It’s the third time that ankle has been repaired.
There were reports Tuesday that Favre has been texting Vikings players with the message that he is retiring, a surprising development because he played so well last year. But his ankle is apparently still a problem and the Vikings could be about to find out how the Packers felt after the 2007 season and the Jets felt after the 2008 season.
Or perhaps he won’t quit. That’s the problem with playing the annual Favre summer guessing game. You can be right today and wrong tomorrow.
If Favre, who as of Tuesday night had not commented on Tuesday’s reports, indeed is retiring, that means the Vikings-Jets game at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Oct. 11 loses its appeal.
“If he’s not playing Week 5, I’ll be happy as heck,” Rex Ryan said. “If he’s playing Week 5, I’ll be scared. Maybe not scared, but close. That guy is a tremendous player. Obviously, you love to see great players play. So I hope that if he’s still healthy, he plays. He makes the game exciting to watch.”
After each of his previous two retirements, he changed his mind. And with the Vikings’ opener in New Orleans on Sept. 9 still more than a month away, there is plenty of time for Favre to do it again. Or the Vikings can do it for him by offering a raise on the $13 million he is scheduled to make and by encouraging him to take as much time as he needs. One year ago, Favre didn’t join the Vikings until Aug.18.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said Tuesday he had not been told by Favre that he was retiring and he had talked to him within the previous 24 hours. He said he wouldn’t be surprised either way.
“I think all of us can live with it either way,” Childress said.
Favre spent one forgettable season with the Jets after he ended his first retirement and the Packers didn’t want him back and traded him to New York. Favre actually had the Jets at 8-3 and in prime position to make the playoffs, but they lost four out of their last five games with Favre throwing two touchdowns and nine interceptions.
He later said the decline was the result of a torn biceps tendon, which he subsequently had surgically fixed after he announced his retirement from the Jets in February of 2009. The Jets later released him and Favre signed with Minnesota, which is where he wanted to be all along.
His one year with the Jets has become a blur to his former teammates.
“It’s like a distant memory,” tackle Damien Woody said. “We talk about Favre like it was five years ago. So many aspects of our team have changed.”
Favre helped change the culture with the Jets by making it fun for the players despite Eric Mangini‘s rigid ways.
“Brett brought an energy,” Woody said. “Guys were having fun. He left his mark. Even though this is a grind, we can still have fun. When Rex came in, he emphasized it to a whole different degree. I definitely think Brett has something to do with that.”
If Favre retires, Tarvaris Jackson becomes the Vikings’ starting quarterback.
Kellen Clemens, who was No.2 on the depth chart behind Favre with the Jets in ’08, said he called him last week, but they never spoke about his football plans.
“Is he coming back here?” Clemens asked.
Now that would be an interesting way for him to end his career.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/2010/08/03/2010-08-03_brett_favre_tells_minnesota_vikings_he_is_going_to_retire_as_injured_ankle_is_no.html#ixzz0vb1ngFnq
Tarvaris Fox Jackson was born on April 21st, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarvaris_Jackson
April 21st, 1983
4 + 21 +1+9+8+3 = 46 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = You’ll have to wait. Patiently accepting delays.
4 + 21 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from April 21st, 2010 to April 20th, 2011) = Heroes. Unstoppable.
28 year + 7 (July) = 35 = his personal year (from July 21st, 2010 to Augsust 20th, 2010) = [Brett Favre] throwing in the towel.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Tarvaris Fox Jackson
his salvation/undoing number = FJ = 61 = Having a back up plan in case plans fall through at the last minute.
10 + 10 +2+0+0+9 = 31 = his personal year (from October 10th, 2009 to October 9th, 2010) = Competition. Training. Scrimmage. Controversy.
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