Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sucks To Your Assmar
Today we start a new segment: "Sucks To Your Assmar". If our reader enjoys it, then we'll bring it back.
The first edition of Sucks To Your Assmar features none other than the Vikings quarterback. He's had a passer rating last season of 113.4. He's got a career completion percentage of 58.7. He's 6' 2", 225 pounds, and...black? Yes, that's right. I'm talking about the one and only Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Brad Childress selected him as a "diamond in the rough" guy, expecting Tarvaris to be the future of the franchise. And perhaps he could have been.
In an attempt to help Jackson develop, Childress did not start the QB in his rookie year. Jackson was named the starter for week 16 after Brad Johnson had a mediocre season. In his first career start, he went up against Brett Favre and Favre's Green Bay Packers. Sports has a funny way of doing things like that.
Tarvaris got the nod as starting QB during the 2007 season. He went 8-4 in 12 starts. I'm impressed, but apparently, the Vikings were not. Jackson threw 9 TDs and 12 INTs in those 12 games. In 2008, Tarvaris was the starter from the beginning. But the Vikings relegated him to the back up role behind Gus Frerotte after week 2. Frerotte got injured in week 14, and Jackson found himself starting again.
In the last 3 weeks of the 2008 season, Jackson played the best football of his career. He threw 7 TDs and only 1 INT and beat the Giants in week 17 to win the NFC North! The QB of the future was finally ready to start for the Vikings.
Enter Brett Favre. The 90-year old quarterback joined the Vikings and pulled the rug (along with the starting job) out from under Mr. Jackson.
And now, he's done it again. Talk about blue balls. Or I guess, in this situation, purple ones. Best of luck to Tarvaris in the future. I hope he succeeds, I really do. But for now, Tarvaris, sucks to your assmar.