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    Tarvaris Jackson would trump Brett Favre for now, Rich Gannon says

    http://www.twincities.com/walters/ci_10037020

    The Vikings would be better off with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback than Brett Favre, at least for the first six weeks of the season.

    That's the opinion of Rich Gannon, the former Vikings QB who was the NFL's most valuable player with the Oakland Raiders. He is now the Green Bay Packers' exhibition season TV analyst and a regular-season NFL analyst for CBS.

    Gannon has briefly consulted with Jackson the past two springs.

    "With all the facts that are out there, certainly they (Vikings) would be better off with Tarvaris the first six, eight weeks of the season," Gannon said Tuesday.

    "I'm telling you, it's going to be tough on (Favre). People can scale back for him, simplify things, take things out of their offense, put things in they know he knows ... it would take a lot of tweaking, maneuvering for one guy. Is that something they want to do?"

    Favre turns 39 in October.

    "And keep this in mind," Gannon added. "Do you go all the way and sign a guy like Brett Favre, or trade for him or do whatever, and he plays one year for you? Or he comes in and gets a groin (injury) or hamstring because he hasn't been part of the program. And then he gets off to a slow start and all of a sudden he plays one year, and then it's 'that wasn't fun for me anymore.' And that's what's going to happen, I think."

    Gannon, 42, played 17 seasons in the NFL, the same as Favre. Jackson, 25, has played two seasons.

    "I observed and talked to (Jackson) a little bit and

    talked to Brad (Vikings coach Brad Childress)," Gannon said. "I'm not some quarterback guru that's worked with him and spent a lot of time with him.
    "He's a gifted kid who has worked hard, and I think Brad's done a good job with him. The big thing I tried to impress upon him and told him is that he has to concentrate on just a couple things: one, he needs to play 16 games this year for the Vikings. He can't play 10 games, 12 games. He's got to play 16. All the great ones play every week — Favre, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady. Every week, and they practice every day.

    "So that's your No. 1 goal, to play a full season. The second thing I told him is that his goal every week should be to complete 70 percent of his passes. And even if you don't complete 70 percent, if you're at 66 or 67 or 68 percent, that's still going to put you up there with some of the top quarterbacks in the league."

    Gannon also told Jackson he has to take care of the football.

    "And realize what you have around you," he said. "He's in a great situation. As a quarterback, I was never in that situation. He's got a good offensive line, maybe the best running game in football, they're going to be better defensively, they're sound in the kicking game.

    "So, from a quarterback's perspective, you've got to say to yourself, 'If I'm smart, if I manage the game, and if I don't turn the ball over, I've got a chance to win 10, 11, 12 games. It's that simple, really. I mean, they're not going to ask him to throw 35 or 40 times a game like they do Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. He doesn't have to do it. All he's got to do is manage the game, make good decisions, take care of the ball, use his legs a little bit, his athleticism to run for a couple of first downs, just do the smart things.

    "Honestly, there's no reason why the guy can't help this football team get over the hump and get in double digits (victories). You get yourself in double digits, you should be in the playoffs every year."

    Gannon, who lives in Excelsior, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy are former teammates and pals. McCarthy was Gannon's QB coach with the Kansas CityChiefs.

    Regarding Favre, Gannon said, "I've talked to some insiders on the deal, and it's pretty straightforward. When (Favre) said he wanted to retire, they really tried to talk him out of it. He had just come off of a Pro Bowl year. But he insisted on doing it. They said, 'Why don't you think about it?' And he was pretty adamant about retiring. So I think the organization's moved forward.

    "I know from having worked and played with Mike McCarthy that he's a big, big believer in the offseason program. And he's been around too many guys that have not been a part of it that have had subpar seasons or have gotten hurt.

    "I'm sure the other thing is that Brett's salary number ($12 million this season) is a big number. That's certainly not the main reason, but you start factoring them all in and you say you could see how they could go in that direction."

    DON'T PRINT THAT

    Gannon doesn't blame Favre for wanting to play again.

    "I've been through it myself," he said. "I broke my neck after 17 years, and I still thought about coming back. I mean, you get a phone call from (coach) Jon Gruden and he says,'C'mon down and we'll take care of you and make sure you stay healthy,' and you get through training camp and all of a sudden your mind and gears start to say 'I can do this.' "

    Gannon, who doesn't think Favre will end up with the Vikings, guesses the future hall of famer will end up with Tampa Bay.

    "I could see the Packers trading for (backup Bucs QB) Chris Simms," he said. "But that's just my guess."

    OVERHEARD

    Gannon on Favre: "I'm sure Brett was physically drained at the end of last season. He probably went back home, started feeling better, probably got bored a little bit, and his wife probably started loading him up with some chores and he thought, 'You know what, I think I'll just go back and play.' And in his heart of hearts he knows he's still probably one of the top five quarterbacks in the league. So why wouldn't you come back?"

  • #2
    Now we are going to make football so complicated that somebody actual says the Vikings might be better off with Tavaris Jackson because Bret Favre wouldn’t have a full grasp of the offensive system. Give me a ****ing break.

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    • #3
      AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! !!

      And...

      HA!

      Seriously, that was a great laugh IVF, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

      Thanks for sharing the humor!
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      WFB Comments on Vikings @ Steelers Game Rigging
      PuppyPuncher:"It sure was nice enough of Roger Goodell to let the refs from Ark-Florida officiate the Vikings-Steelers game"
      NoNonsenseCoach:"As a Steelers fan living in Pittsburgh I can still admit that tripping penalty was a complete ghost call."
      Simonds:"The tripping call was awful, yes, but there were a number of other absurd calls that went against the Vikings, including a DEFENSIVE delay of game penalty against the Vikings only called after a failed attempt to convert a third and 2 by the Steelers. Even the commentators were utterly floored that the refs made that call."
      Wraith36444:"A shady tripping call on Minnesota essentially gave the game to the Steelers. The Vikings were the better team, but it is too hard to beat a decent team and the refs. Oh and Harvin is the man."
      MaineMan:"I have to agree that it was an awful call and that it changed the outcome. Overall a great game by the Vikes and tragic that the well-deserved victory was stolen away like that."
      PaddyPatriot:"I've seen this play and I have to agree, I can't believe they called it tripping"
      Johndoe:"You know the officiating is bad when a Steeler's fan, like myself, thinks it was pretty bad."
      Steelers_Pens_Fan:"I will admit that the whole "tripping" thing probably shouldn't have been a flag."
      ZN0rseman:"It's great to know that good old fashioned pro football game rigging is still alive and well in America."
      Klunker18:"I'm with Z on this one. Definitely one of those games that makes you wonder if the NFL wants certain teams to win."
      TRICKaz"I agree that was a BS call"
      InjuredReserve:"Have yet to hear anyone say it was the right call. Seems as if the Vikings were cheated a bit."
      Eagles4Life:"Coaches just need to be able to challenge penalties"
      EL_Guapo:"The tripping call was bad, the delay of game was stupid Either way, the Vikings showed they are a top team."
      EllijayFalconsFan:"The tripping penalty was rediculous."
      Archon095:"Even as a Steeler fan I agree that the call was bull."
      BroncosCon:"I'm sorry that was a total bull**** call and it changed the outcome of the game. Pittsburgh still won, but it was almost like Denver winning at Cincy."

      Tony Dungy:"The Vikings are just one bad tripping penalty away from being undefeated.
      Jon Gruden:"That was just a bad, bad call. It cost the Vikings an important win at Pittsburgh, and it could really hurt them in the post season."

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      • #4
        You Vikings fans have big egos. YOUR TEAM IS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH THAT EVERY SINGLE TINY BIT OF NEWS DESERVES A NEW THREAD. POST IT IN THE OTHER HUNDRED THREADS YOU MAKE EVERY DAY!

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        • #5
          The Vikings would be better off with Tarvaris Jackson instead of Brett Favre? That's like saying Israel is better off electing Osama bin Laden their Prime Minister.


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          • #6
            A bit biased. He is the kid's mentor part time. Of course he is going to say they are better off with him rather than favre.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Joey_Potter View Post
              A bit biased. He is the kid's mentor part time. Of course he is going to say they are better off with him rather than favre.
              Plus as a guy who's closely tied with the Packers media, the goal now is to soften the blow to fans. Telling them that Favre isn't going to promptly oust Jackson as the starter is an effective way to do that, even if it's not really true.
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              WFB Comments on Vikings @ Steelers Game Rigging
              PuppyPuncher:"It sure was nice enough of Roger Goodell to let the refs from Ark-Florida officiate the Vikings-Steelers game"
              NoNonsenseCoach:"As a Steelers fan living in Pittsburgh I can still admit that tripping penalty was a complete ghost call."
              Simonds:"The tripping call was awful, yes, but there were a number of other absurd calls that went against the Vikings, including a DEFENSIVE delay of game penalty against the Vikings only called after a failed attempt to convert a third and 2 by the Steelers. Even the commentators were utterly floored that the refs made that call."
              Wraith36444:"A shady tripping call on Minnesota essentially gave the game to the Steelers. The Vikings were the better team, but it is too hard to beat a decent team and the refs. Oh and Harvin is the man."
              MaineMan:"I have to agree that it was an awful call and that it changed the outcome. Overall a great game by the Vikes and tragic that the well-deserved victory was stolen away like that."
              PaddyPatriot:"I've seen this play and I have to agree, I can't believe they called it tripping"
              Johndoe:"You know the officiating is bad when a Steeler's fan, like myself, thinks it was pretty bad."
              Steelers_Pens_Fan:"I will admit that the whole "tripping" thing probably shouldn't have been a flag."
              ZN0rseman:"It's great to know that good old fashioned pro football game rigging is still alive and well in America."
              Klunker18:"I'm with Z on this one. Definitely one of those games that makes you wonder if the NFL wants certain teams to win."
              TRICKaz"I agree that was a BS call"
              InjuredReserve:"Have yet to hear anyone say it was the right call. Seems as if the Vikings were cheated a bit."
              Eagles4Life:"Coaches just need to be able to challenge penalties"
              EL_Guapo:"The tripping call was bad, the delay of game was stupid Either way, the Vikings showed they are a top team."
              EllijayFalconsFan:"The tripping penalty was rediculous."
              Archon095:"Even as a Steeler fan I agree that the call was bull."
              BroncosCon:"I'm sorry that was a total bull**** call and it changed the outcome of the game. Pittsburgh still won, but it was almost like Denver winning at Cincy."

              Tony Dungy:"The Vikings are just one bad tripping penalty away from being undefeated.
              Jon Gruden:"That was just a bad, bad call. It cost the Vikings an important win at Pittsburgh, and it could really hurt them in the post season."

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              • #8
                Seems like Mr. Gannon has had one too many concussions in his career
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                • #9
                  Hmm...in Walter's most recent article...
                  As expected, Tarvaris Jackson is looking abysmal in training camp, as he can't even refrain from throwing interceptions in 7-on-7 drills.
                  Hmm...
                  And now for something completely different

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                  • #10
                    LOL that's why I thought this timing was pretty weird on Gannon's part
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                    • #11
                      When Gannon was playing, he always came across to me as a huge dick.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PuppyPuncher View Post
                        You Vikings fans have big egos. YOUR TEAM IS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH THAT EVERY SINGLE TINY BIT OF NEWS DESERVES A NEW THREAD. POST IT IN THE OTHER HUNDRED THREADS YOU MAKE EVERY DAY!
                        They certainly deserve more attention then the Baltimore Ravens, thats for sure. Most TV networks agree, or they wouldn't keep talking about it.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Walter View Post
                          Seems like Mr. Gannon has had one too many concussions in his career
                          LMAOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                          • #14
                            IVF won't give it up that Jackson sucks. Brett Favre could go to vikings throw 50 touchdown with no interception take them to the superbowl with a 19-0 win loss record and he would still contend that Jackson is the best. Give it up.
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                            • #15
                              Hooray for triple posting!

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