Tarvaris Jackson says he has previously "wanted change"

nfl_jackson .jpgVikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who has gone from backup to starter to backup to starter to backup, admitted in a Tuesday appearance with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio that, in the past, he has “wanted change.”  He has since decided to stay put in Minnesota.

For now.

“You have to think everything through and think of different scenarios
and just try to be ready for anything because you never really know what
[coaches and front office people] are thinking,” Jackson said, via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “Honestly, it crossed my
mind and I’ve wanted change, but change is not always good.  The grass
is not always greener on the other side.  The Vikings are all I know
right now and I’m just trying to do my best around here.”

Jackson gained his perspective in part from the guy who took his job in 2009 — and who could keep him on the bench in 2010.

“One thing I learned from Brett [Favre] is just be yourself regardless of the
situation and the circumstances,” Jackson said.  “Just go out and be yourself
today, every day and they [can] take it or leave it.  That’s what I’m
going to do and that’s how I’m approaching it.  Just trying to get better
every day like I always did, working hard.  That’s all I can do and
that’s how I’m going to take it.”

As to Favre’s future, Jackson hasn’t asked him.  Per Jackson, “I don’t think that would be cool.”  Still, Jackson said that he “wouldn’t be surprised if [Favre] came back.”

55 responses to “Tarvaris Jackson says he has previously "wanted change"

  1. Keep up the hard work T-Jack!
    Don’t learn from Favre though. That will only teach you to be good until it counts. THIS ISN’T DETROIT MAN!

  2. The Vikings previoulsy wanted change too. Thats why they signed Rosenfels and Favre, to put your sorry ass on the bench.
    If you are lucky, when Favre retires, you can haul his bags to the airport for him.

  3. Maybe TJ is learning what it takes to be a starting QB? I’ve ripped on him before but it seems that he does have a good “QB head” on his shoulders.
    I won’t discount him just yet. Will you?

  4. As big of a critic I am of Jackson, I have to admit I have alot of respect for the guy. He is constantly dropped like balls to Troy Williamson by Chilly and head office. Yet he continues to come out and practice and word hard.
    He definately has the skill and potential to be a great QB. Who knows maybe the Vikings were too quick to bench him, he could of been a great QB had he stayed starter.
    We will never know unless Favre doesn’t come back. Hope he does well in the future, be it with the Vikings or with some other team.

  5. If any player in the NFL deserves to know what Favre is thinking, that player is Jackson.

  6. Jackson could leave the NFL tomorrow Id rather have a wishbone with Harvin Peterson and Gerhart than see him at QB Once again you heard it here first Vikings 3 rookies of the year in a Row, They will STAMPEDE to the SuperBowl end Miami’s riegn as only Unbeaten and have the Most Legendary Season in NFL History!

  7. “I’ve wanted change, but change is not always good. The grass is not always greener on the other side. ”
    I wonder how many Obama voters feel this way as well.

  8. I listened to that whole interview, and was angry with Shein and Gannon with how they ambushed their “friend of the show”. If I were a young NFL player I’d avoid them. It was apparent all they were fishing for was Favre tidbits. And trying to get him to say something bad about Favre. The thing I found interesting in the interview that the Favre jock sniffers ignored in their pursuit of a TMZ story, was that Chauffeur Childress has not talked to TJ this off season about his role.

  9. He no longer wants change because he figured out he sucks and nobody wants him. Hey T-Joke if your lucky you can maybe get a starting gig in the UFL, CFL or Arena league.

  10. I still think Jackson has potential. He showed it late 2 years ago, 9 tds 2 ints. Obviously its nothing until he does a full season, but maybe Favre has given him the confidence he needs to be a starter in the NFL

  11. Didn’t Chilly promise you and Sage you’d be able to compete for the starting QB position?
    PSYCHE! Obviously you’re a sucker for believing the man TJ!
    Not to worry though, once Favre announces he’s not coming back Chilly will promise you again, then make a move behind your backs to bring in another QB (or Favre again, once his ass has been suitably kissed).
    Go ahead and believe him again though guys, you can have your own personal “Charlie Brown and the Football” moment…

  12. “I don’t think that would be cool.”
    Jesus Christ… since when did asking if a guy who you may or may not owe 12 million dollars to or in this case a guy who may or may not keep your job for another season, if he’s going to play.
    Pathetic.
    No wonder the Packers traded this guy.

  13. If Favre returns – UFL.
    If Favre finally f**ks off – welcome back to the show, TJ.

  14. “He has since decided to stay put in Minnesota.
    For now.”
    In other words, no one wanted him. Or will want him.

  15. Jackson already gotten change. He’s no longer starting or getting crushed in playoff games. He may get more change next year as in looking for a new team.

  16. “The Vikings previoulsy wanted change too. Thats why they signed Rosenfels and Favre, to put your sorry ass on the bench.
    If you are lucky, when Favre retires, you can haul his bags to the airport for him.”
    This post pretty much sums it up best lol

  17. TJ, where are you gonna land that will offer you a better chance at a ring than where you are? A championship as a back-up with the chance to start later is better than starting with a dead end team like Buffalo or Cleveland. Ride this out.
    etc…

  18. Tavaris… you deserve respect for how you are handling this entire situation. Good, Bad , or indifferent… you have earned my respect. Whatever happens down the road, most “fans” only wish the best for you. Keep working.

  19. Really hate Favre, and TJ did sucks, but there was a couple of QB’s that did become good starters after being back-ups to Favre. Don’t know if they where that good from the start,or if they learn from BF, or acombination of both who knows. So who knows after sitting a year or two behind BF he may become a good QB. Won’t know that until he starts another 4-5 games.

  20. I feel bad for the kid even though he is lacking in talent to be a QB in the NFL, the circumstances that the Vikings traded up into the 2nd round to grab him when he should have gone in the 6th or 7th round is not his fault.
    When he was playing, Childress’s lack of imaginative play calling was a big factor in the team’s lack of success and again, it wasn’t his fault.
    Trading for Sage was a kick in the balls and even though Sage sucks even worse and the Vikings blew a 4th round draft pick for a third string QB is, again, not his fault.
    If the Vikings see long term potential in him, that’s fine but I am betting with the other 31 teams that aren’t breaking down the door to obtain him in a trade. Maybe if he could learn to speak proper English in a clear understandable manner, it might help him obtain his long term career goals, as in, “Do you want to Supersize that order?”

  21. # FNGS says: May 5, 2010 7:28 AM
    Really hate Favre, and TJ did sucks, but there was a couple of QB’s that did become good starters after being back-ups to Favre. Don’t know if they where that good from the start,or if they learn from BF, or acombination of both who knows. So who knows after sitting a year or two behind BF he may become a good QB. Won’t know that until he starts another 4-5 games.
    ——————————————–
    Don’t be an idiot. Bert’s backups like Brunell and Hasselback developed because Holmgren was one of the better QB teachers in the league. Bert was a dick to anyone that may have threatened his starting position. After Rodgers was drafted he went out of the way to tell the media he was “no mentor” for anyone.

  22. Rick says:
    May 5, 2010 6:20 AM
    if Jackson didn’t suck they would not have went after Favre.
    —————————————————————-
    This is only somewhat true. They didn’t come after Favre…he went after them. That is why there is so much disdain for the guy. It is not because he wears purple, it’s because he’s a self-centered douche. I don’t care how much talent he has, you don’t crap on your teammates for your personal benefit, and now he’s doing it again. The amusing part is the Viking brass tolerance of his MO. Can you spell desperation?

  23. I’ve always liked his attitude. haters say what you want, he is a good kid. and he doesn’t lack skill at QB position. he has made mistakes, but he only continues to improve. the problem he had while starting was throwing to receivers like bobby wade, or some other guy that could never get open. our receivers were awful when he had the job.
    Jackson’s problem is he is way too injury prone. that’s why they traded for sage.

  24. “Thats why they signed Rosenfels and Favre, to put your sorry ass on the bench.”
    and Brooks Bollinger and Kelly Holcomb and Gus Frerotte …

  25. The sad part of the story is this: The reason the Vikings didnt draft a QB (Clausen) is due to the fact they couldnt find a trade partner for TJack or Rosenfels. They wern’t going to carry 4 QBs, and knew they had to get something for either QB, and failed.
    I’m not a TJack guy, never have been, but I will admit he is a solid backup QB in this league. He has the tools to be a decent QB, I question the coaching, and how they have handled his time.
    Other than the playoff game vs Philly, the guy has shown improvement throught his career thus far.
    Even not being a big fan of his, I think people tend to discredit him way to much.

  26. say what u want but T-Jack can play and if he’s a starter he’ll shut u losers up

  27. What about the scandal last summer TJ and the WCCO cover up that included Sidney Rice

  28. JimmySmith says:
    May 5, 2010 8:29 AM
    I feel bad for the kid even though he is lacking in talent to be a QB in the NFL, the circumstances that the Vikings traded up into the 2nd round to grab him when he should have gone in the 6th or 7th round is not his fault.
    When he was playing, Childress’s lack of imaginative play calling was a big factor in the team’s lack of success and again, it wasn’t his fault.
    Trading for Sage was a kick in the balls and even though Sage sucks even worse and the Vikings blew a 4th round draft pick for a third string QB is, again, not his fault.
    If the Vikings see long term potential in him, that’s fine but I am betting with the other 31 teams that aren’t breaking down the door to obtain him in a trade. Maybe if he could learn to speak proper English in a clear understandable manner, it might help him obtain his long term career goals, as in, “Do you want to Supersize that order?”
    ===============================
    1.) Patent bullshit( suprise) He was believed to be a 3rd round prospect.
    2.) More bullshit. He made the jump form a Div. II school. Most players I have heard speak of the difference from college to pros is how much faster the game is. This is from Div. 1 guys.
    Imagine the difference of taking 2 jumps.
    3.)more bullshit(recurring theme here)
    At the time, Favre wasn’t even on the radar, they decided against bringing Gus back, they needed someone to push Jackson and a reliable back-up. Booty wasn’t going to do it.
    4.)Are we being a racist now? Not suprised.
    Yeah Jimmy, if that is his next job, you are going to be pissed, because you’ve been at your job for quite some time. You’ll be upset because you” still be making fries while he’s taking the orders.
    You are one dumb son of a bitch.

  29. If Tarvaris Jackson is smart, he will keep seating back and watching/learning from one of the best QB’s every Brett “Jesus” Favre. Just watching and learning will make him way better. Just look at Romo and Rodgers, they watched and learned and now look at them. If you look at Russell, he didn’t get to watch and learn and he is junk, and Jackson was falling down the road until Vikins picked up Favre.

  30. I have to admit, T-Ravenous Jackson seemingly has shown improvement and looked real good in preseason last year (against 2nd n third strings).
    But Minnesota should never forgot the shalacking we took at home to the Eagles in the playoffs 2 seasons ago- and always remember T-Ravenous throwing a pick and getting BODY SLAMMED as he attempted to stop that defensive touchdown. That sums up his career here in Minny.

  31. I have watched T-Jack from day one and I can say I see a QB progressing. I don’t see anymore Jump Passes, Running around like a chicken or holding onto the ball for 8 seconds then getting sacked.
    He has thrown more TD’s than Int’s, won more games than he has lost, I see him improving everytime he steps on the field. Even in mop up duty last year he didn’t look bad. Sitting behind Favre and being around a guy like that will only help. There is NO WAY Aaron Rodgers is as good as he is if it weren’t for him sitting behind Favre…that’s a fact!!

  32. I don’t think it was T-Jack fault we lost the Philly game. I think it was all Donovan McNabb throwing off his back foot for 1st downs on 3rd and 8. I saw that about 10 times that game.
    We got beat by 1 play and that was the Westbrook screen otherwise we win that game! Not T-Jacks fault…oh yeah..who was he throwing to in that game besides Berrian and Shiancoe…those were the only vikes recievers on the roster worth a damn. Sid the kid was on the team but had a hurt PCL all year.

  33. Oh yeah…I LOVE CHILLDRESS…so all the haters out there can either jump on the wagon or watch the vikes move to LA.
    Can’t blame Chilli for his play calls cause what do you expect him to do…call 7 step drops for T-Jack all game..I KNOW that wouldn’t work out well…

  34. “Tarvaris Jackson says he has previously “wanted change””
    ———————
    Ahem.. What type of change was he considering? Did he want to become Tarvarianne?
    Is that the female form of Tarvaris?

  35. MooninLambeau says:
    May 5, 2010 10:25 AM
    But Minnesota should never forgot the shalacking we took at home to the Eagles in the playoffs 2 seasons ago- and always remember T-Ravenous throwing a pick and getting BODY SLAMMED as he attempted to stop that defensive touchdown. That sums up his career here in Minny.
    ————————-
    Minnesota has forgotten that shelacking. As it turns out, only 20,000 people were there to witness it. The rest of the seats had been bought up by corporate partners and were unoccupied.

  36. I do not now, nor have I ever understood the degree of venom unleashed on Tarvaris Jackson, especially by some Vikings fans. It seems to me the worst thing that can be said about him is that he hasn’t been “good enough” to be the consistent starting QB for the Vikes. You don’t kill a guy for that. Tarvaris has always been a hard worker, and has shown enough to get shot after shot from the Vikes powers-that-be.
    If you don’t want him because he’s not good enough, that’s fine. But you can’t shred him for that – might want to shred the people that keep him in that steps-away position, that don’t seem to be able to make a clearcut decision on this player that would be fair to everybody – but don’t hate on Tarvaris.
    And his quoted observations indicate to me this is an intelligent young guy who’s trying to work out this difficult situation the best way he can – considering options, listening to people trying to help him, not whining, working hard – others in that spot might be acting in a completely negative manner that would be divisive and detrimental to the team. Tarvaris has just hung in there – give him a break.

  37. What’s funny to me is how much BS Black QB’s get from no nothing fans and garbage coaches. Then when you defend a black QB the first thing they ask is how many SB winning black QB’s have there been. Well how many black QB’s have there been? When did a black QB get to start a full season? Oh that was in the 80’s Vince Evans Chicago Bears first to start several full seasons. What that means is Black Qb’s have started in this league about 20+ years. On the ther hand White QB have had a 50 year head start not because of talent but, because of the racsit mind set.
    Now let’s take a look at some of the more notable black QB’s that have started in the league….
    Doug Williams wasn’t a star in the league with the Buccs but, became a star as a BACKUP that took over a starting position.
    Randle Cunningham. One WR, no line, no RB, no TE, the worst offense ever assembled but still managed to go to and win playoff games.
    Michael Vick. Not one WR, one passing threat at TE, A line that was suited to run the ball not pass protect. Still managed to take team to playoffs regularly. ( 3 out of 6 years with one beaing a 4 start rookie season and 1 beaing an injury shortened season.
    Jason Campbell. 5 Offensive coordinators in 6 years. No go to WR’s, Offensive line more suited to run than pass block.
    Steve Mcnair. Annually in the playoffs, One WR in his time with Titans and Ravens. One Superbowl appearance.
    And the King of all Black QB’s….Donovan Mcnabb. Had a go to WR for one year both produced carreer highs that season, never a serious running game plan. offensive line a joke, WR, like Pinkston, Thrash, Mitchell, and Brown. And several others that once the Eagles cut them were out of the league. Yet has gone to 5 NFC championship games, Numerous Probowls, 1 SB (where he outperformed Tom Brady. Check the Stats). Yet the minute the team gets weapons he is traded away.
    There have been other Black QB’s in the league Vince Young, Vince Evans, Tavaris Jackson (Brett only improved the team by 2 games last year. T-jack may have given the same improvement we’ll never know), just to name a few. But I would like to know one black QB that has had a TEAM built around him? The closest you get is Warren Moon andTony Banks(rams) , and

  38. # jimicos says: May 5, 2010 11:09 AM
    “Tarvaris Jackson says he has previously “wanted change””
    ———————
    Ahem.. What type of change was he considering? Did he want to become Tarvarianne?
    Is that the female form of Tarvaris?
    ——————————————-
    No, actually the female form of Tarvaris is “JimmySmith”….hope this clears up the confusion.

  39. jimicos says:
    May 5, 2010 11:09 AM
    “Tarvaris Jackson says he has previously “wanted change””
    ———————
    Ahem.. What type of change was he considering? Did he want to become Tarvarianne?
    Is that the female form of Tarvaris?
    ================================
    This coming from a guy that spells Jimmy with an “i”? That is precious.
    Here’s a hint, it was only cool when Hendrix did it.
    It doesn’t work for an internet turd such as yourself.

  40. DCViking says:
    May 5, 2010 11:30 AM
    No, actually the female form of Tarvaris is “JimmySmith”….hope this clears up the confusion.
    ————————-
    And Tarvaris Jackson wants to be JimmySmith?

  41. chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 5, 2010 11:55 AM
    This coming from a guy that spells Jimmy with an “i”? That is precious.
    Here’s a hint, it was only cool when Hendrix did it.
    It doesn’t work for an internet turd such as yourself.
    ————————
    What’s precious is that a guy who uses the words “chicken”, “ragnar” and any French words at all thinks he’s in position to mock anyone else for their choice of username.

  42. jimicos says:
    May 5, 2010 12:40 PM
    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 5, 2010 11:55 AM
    This coming from a guy that spells Jimmy with an “i”? That is precious.
    Here’s a hint, it was only cool when Hendrix did it.
    It doesn’t work for an internet turd such as yourself.
    ————————
    What’s precious is that a guy who uses the words “chicken”, “ragnar” and any French words at all thinks he’s in position to mock anyone else for their choice of username.
    =================================
    You have something against Chicken?
    Against Ragnar?
    Against the french? Ok you got me there.
    I don’t think I’m in a postion to mock anyone, I know I am.
    All of you turds are beneath me.
    Once you understand that, we will get along much better.

  43. TJ will never be anything that great but he still can be solid. I felt bad for him having won the division then being benched

  44. chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    1.Patent bullshit( surprise) He was believed to be a 3rd round prospect
    Different draft boards had T Jack Off rated at different levels but the consensus was at a much lower round and considering that MN not only drafted this clown in the 2nd round but gave up additional draft picks to do it is what you might call a bad move.
    2.) More bullshit. He made the jump form a Div. II school. Most players I have heard speak of the difference from college to pros is how much faster the game is. This is from Div. 1 guys.
    My point is Childress has a lot to do with how T Jack Off has developed, or more like not developed as the case might be. You are just making excuses for him with all this division 2 stuff, he sucks either way.
    3.)more bullshit(recurring theme here)
    At the time, Favre wasn’t even on the radar, they decided against bringing Gus back, they needed someone to push Jackson and a reliable back-up. Booty wasn’t going to do it.
    Didn’t mentioned BrINT Favre, only commented on the fact that the Vikings traded a 4rth rounder and what did they get in return, a 3rd string QB. Only a Viking fan could consider that a good deal
    4.)Are we being a racist now? Not surprised.
    Yeah Jimmy, if that is his next job, you are going to be pissed, because you’ve been at your job for quite some time. You’ll be upset because you” still be making fries while he’s taking the orders.
    Ah, a page straight out of the Democratic playbook, ignore the facts, call them a racist. My real point is the QB position is the face of the franchise. McNabb and Warren Moon were both well spoken, articulate black QB’s but not T Jack Off, a graduate of your Ebonics speech classes. I’ve seen him interviewed before he reminds me more of a rap singer, slurring his words, using the improper verb tenses and so on. Again, if you want that as the face of your franchise, it reflects more on your standards than it does mine.

  45. My answers are included below.
    ———————
    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 5, 2010 4:36 PM
    You have something against Chicken?
    Yes.
    Against Ragnar?
    Yes.
    Against the french? Ok you got me there.
    Of course.
    I don’t think I’m in a postion to mock anyone, I know I am.
    All of you turds are beneath me.
    Once you understand that, we will get along much better.
    ————————
    Beneath you? Riiiight. You’re the purple Bob Nelson. You know it, I know it and anyone who reads these boards knows it.

  46. jimicos says:
    May 6, 2010 3:56 PM
    My answers are included below.
    ———————
    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 5, 2010 4:36 PM
    You have something against Chicken?
    Yes.
    Against Ragnar?
    Yes.
    Against the french? Ok you got me there.
    Of course.
    I don’t think I’m in a postion to mock anyone, I know I am.
    All of you turds are beneath me.
    Once you understand that, we will get along much better.
    ————————
    Beneath you? Riiiight. You’re the purple Bob Nelson. You know it, I know it and anyone who reads these boards knows it.
    ================================
    Chicken? How can you not like chicken?
    It’s delicious!
    Ragnar? yeah, I can see where a male cheerleader would “annoy” you.
    Your little dingus probably twitches while watching him.
    The french? yeah, I agree with you on that.
    Purple Bob Nelson…lol that’s a good one.
    I guess that makes you the green and gold Pervy.
    Wait that’s a complement!
    You are in a class all by yourself.
    You are a sanctimonious POS that has narcissitic tendencies.
    You also have an overblown opinion of your sports knowledge.
    Said knowledge consisting of using stats as facts, unparelled spell checker, and all around homer for anything Packer related.
    Also an incessant need to mail me poop c.o.d.
    In all actuality, if Im the purple bob, I’m doing my job. I set out to be an asshole on these boards.
    I guess I’m doing my job then.
    I’ve told you that time and again, yet it doesn’t seem to sink in.

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