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Tarvaris says he was "bitter" and "mad" when Favre took his job

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson seems resigned to the fact that no matter how hard he works this offseason, he won’t find out if he has a chance at being a starter until he finds out if Brett Favre feels like coming back.

But Jackson acknowledges that he wasn’t happy when Favre showed up to Vikings training camp in August of 2009 and took the starting quarterback job that Jackson thought was his.

I was bitter. I was mad,” Jackson told Dan Graziano of FanHouse. “But then once he got here, and I got a chance to be around him and see what kind of person he was, I felt a lot better. He helped me a lot. I learned so much just by watching him. I wouldn’t go back and change things.”

So does that mean Jackson looks forward to another year of learning from Favre? Not necessarily.

“I feel like I could learn from being a backup, but at the same time, I’m not getting younger,” Jackson said. “I still want to be a great quarterback in this league and I want to make that happen.”

Whether Jackson can make that happen in Minnesota he won’t know until Favre announces his intentions, which is likely still a few months away.

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  1. karmathaitch says: May 21, 2010 4:07 PM

    Next time…
    DO YOUR JOB AND YOU WONT LOSE IT WEAK LINK!!

  2. CanadianVikingFan says: May 21, 2010 4:08 PM

    The Viking and Packer stories are flying off the shelf today aren’t they?

  3. Slow Joe says: May 21, 2010 4:09 PM

    Look, Favre is coming back this year. And guess what? He’ll come back in 2011 as well. No matter what stupid ass emotions he goes through in the offseason, it always boils down to this: He loves football, and he loves the attention.
    No matter what mental gyrations he goes through, those two things will always win out. He will leave the NFL when he’s basically kicked out. In other words, he won’t leave until his skills have finally diminished to the point where he’s no longer an effective quarterback.
    TJ may want to ask for a trade after this season.

  4. jobob247 says: May 21, 2010 4:09 PM

    So um, what did he feel when Sage took his job?

  5. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 21, 2010 4:09 PM

    here come the bitter PFT bloggers who hate all things Tavaris

  6. Cincinnasty says: May 21, 2010 4:10 PM

    Favre isn’t going to retire until December 21rst 2012.. So T-Jack better start asking for a trade..

  7. Evpimp says: May 21, 2010 4:10 PM

    PVP Today Pro-Vikings-Packers.com
    I guess no other football team maters!

  8. robert ethen says: May 21, 2010 4:11 PM

    Just load up the car and head north, Tarv, I hear there is a starting job available in Winnipeg.

  9. 8man says: May 21, 2010 4:12 PM

    Dude, why not talk to AJ Feeley and have him tell you what a sweet gig being the backup QB in the NFL is?
    Great seats. Get to hold a clip board. No chance of injury. Get to talk to the booth.
    Nice.

  10. hamspear says: May 21, 2010 4:12 PM

    You mean Jackson didnt like losing his starting gig to Favre???
    I smell a pulitzer Mr. Smith…
    Way to dig deep.
    Must have been a hard one to uncover.
    Keep up the good work!

  11. Hap says: May 21, 2010 4:14 PM

    History repeats itself !

  12. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 21, 2010 4:16 PM

    Anyone can end a season by throwing an INT in the playoffs, but it takes a great to do it all the friggin time and still have a team begging you to come back.
    The guy is a postseason liability.

  13. CdnMike says: May 21, 2010 4:20 PM

    Why did T-Jack say Favre took the starting job that was his? They brought in Sage that year before Favre and Sage was likely going to start.

  14. Citizen Strange says: May 21, 2010 4:20 PM

    Heaven must be missin’ an angel
    Missin’ one angel, child, ’cause you’re here with me right now
    Your love is heavenly, baby
    Heavenly to me, baby
    http://popup.lala.com/popup/937030201852898138

  15. MrHumble says: May 21, 2010 4:22 PM

    If someone like TJack could learn from watching BF then how are we to believe that A Rodgers also didn’t learn……that’s right, AR remains the only NFL player to ever get injured and go IR from holding a clipboard.

  16. BostonRob says: May 21, 2010 4:22 PM

    tavaris was promising in his duets with tito after the jackson 5 split up, but his transition to the nfl just wasn’t fluid enough for my liking.

  17. daffx4 says: May 21, 2010 4:26 PM

    T Jack = Wannabe Vick Quarterback — Boo on you. You deserve to be 3rd string on that depth chart. If #4 wasn’t there, you still wouldn’t be the starter!

  18. Mean D says: May 21, 2010 4:26 PM

    Jackson is useless.

  19. cobrakai says: May 21, 2010 4:26 PM

    This guy flashes greatness every now and then but its time to face the fact that he sucks and is not a NFL QB. He just doesn’t have “it”, they should have made a move for Mcnabb.

  20. The Wishbone says: May 21, 2010 4:26 PM

    If Tarvaris wasn’t incompetent, Favre would have never gotten invited to Minnesota. What a moron.

  21. donnyp says: May 21, 2010 4:27 PM

    As the article states, “Favre showed up to Vikings training camp in August of 2009″. Favre never knows what he wants to do until the toughest part of football is over. He’s proven himself enough to not need the off-season activities. He obviously avoids them because that would be the end of his career at that point. He’s far to old to be conditioning like the rest of the 20 something year olds. He plays the system well.

  22. 90ragtop says: May 21, 2010 4:28 PM

    I predict that Tarvaris winds up playing opposite JaMarcus in some city where in snows in July.

  23. Pervy Harvin says: May 21, 2010 4:29 PM

    Go to Green Bay T Jack…..they would welcome the QB upgrade

  24. TheRedBengal says: May 21, 2010 4:30 PM

    Since I’m not a Vikings fan, I have no idea if T-Jack got a fare shake or not at being the starter. That means you gotta check his stats: in a 4 season span, 33g, 19gs, 320 of 545, 58.7%, 3,643yrds, 21tds, 18ints, 77.9qb rating, fumbled 14 times, lost 7. Not bad, not good. They know what they get with him: average play.
    He’d get this current Vikes team to the playoffs, but they would by no means be contenders for a deep playoff run.
    Your a permanent backup T-Jack, face it.

  25. jrhsd says: May 21, 2010 4:31 PM

    Sage Rosenfels had every chance to beat out Tarvaris and didn’t, not sure what you are talking about jobob

  26. garylandon41 says: May 21, 2010 4:31 PM

    DId he admit to the fact that he’s just not a very good qb? He wouldn’t be bitter if he was good enough that they wouldn’t want to bring in a 40 y.o. qb

  27. sand0 says: May 21, 2010 4:31 PM

    Ah, today’s out of context headline of the minute.
    A note on Tarvaris. First off, he is not going to get a great opportunity with another team. He’s still best off with the Vikings.
    Second off, he is currently a solid backup QB with room to learn and grow. People talk about what a horrendous bust he was, but he has done and continues to do better than your average second round QB pick. Maybe he wants to be a pro bowler yesterday, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a small school nobody that a team reached on in the 2nd round. He’s doing just fine for himself.
    I know it is a weird angle to take, but remember this dude wasn’t a lotter pick or even a first rounder. He was a mid 3rd round talent and the Vikings liked him enough relative to other 2nd round options that they reached a bit. Most guys taken at that level never start a game unless someone gets hurt. Jackson has a winning record!

  28. The Real Shuxion says: May 21, 2010 4:34 PM

    # 8man says: May 21, 2010 4:12 PM
    Dude, why not talk to AJ Feeley and have him tell you what a sweet gig being the backup QB in the NFL is?
    Great seats. Get to hold a clip board. No chance of injury. Get to talk to the booth.
    Nice.
    ——————————————————
    And everyone loves you. Anytime the starter sucks you hear “Bring in the backup” or “The backup should be starting”.

  29. PurpleRaid12 says: May 21, 2010 4:36 PM

    So um, what did he feel when Sage took his job?
    ___________________________________________________
    You mean, the same Sage that was the third string QB and was never activated for a single game? I’m sure Tarvaris didn’t care.

  30. allday28 says: May 21, 2010 4:41 PM

    jobob247 says:
    May 21, 2010 4:09 PM
    So um, what did he feel when Sage took his job?
    ____________
    Sage didnt take his job. He beat out sage in their competition.

  31. Fire Ted says: May 21, 2010 4:44 PM

    I think slow joe gets to the crux of the Favre issue…when you boil it down, Favre is a big, giant pussy. Maybe he should seek an endorsement deal from Pamprin or Tampax.

  32. HarrisonHits says: May 21, 2010 4:44 PM

    WAAAAAAA I sucked and they didn’t let me keep my job.
    He’s lucky he’s not already been traded to the CFL or UFL for a half dozen donuts and a 6 pack of budweiser.

  33. daffx4 says: May 21, 2010 4:45 PM

    ( . )( . )

  34. KS1980 says: May 21, 2010 4:47 PM

    Tavaris was/is a average QB at best, but I will give him credit for the way he handled the whole Favre situation. It was something he had no control over and did not make a big stink about it.

  35. PackFaninPackLand says: May 21, 2010 4:53 PM

    “I was bitter. I was mad,” Jackson told Dan Graziano of FanHouse. “But then once he got here, and I got a chance to be around him and see what kind of person he was, I felt a lot better. He helped me a lot. I learned so much just by watching him. I wouldn’t go back and change things.”
    —————–
    Boy, here’s a story that the brain-dead Wisconsin sports media will never report, or, if they do, it’ll just be the first 6 words.

  36. poiuyt says: May 21, 2010 4:54 PM

    Tarvaris shouldn’t be mad at Favre. He should be mad at the Viking organization for tampering to get him when he was still with the Packers.
    BTW, why all this talk about him having to wait to see if Favre is coming back? Is there anyone who doesn’t believe 100% that he’s returning? Sheesh!

  37. MooninLambeau says: May 21, 2010 5:02 PM

    I was bitter and mad when T-Ravenous Jack was still in the running for quarterback after an abismal playoff effort vs the Eagles and retarding looking receiver/quarterback anti-connections between him and Troy “where the hell is the ball i cant see it and i def cant catch it” Williamson.
    I was bitter and mad when T-Ravenous Jack was still second string behind Favre and a part of this team, give that to the white Sage Rosen who we pay $9 mil to do nothing.
    I was bitter and mad when Childress traded up and wasted a 2nd round pick on T-Ravenous Jack back in the day- he would have lasted til round 5 at least.
    I was bitter and mad when T-Ravenous Jack changed his indian beaded necklace to a thug chain.
    I was overjoyed when Jack was body slammed by an Eagle after he threw a pick for a defensive TD, and ecstatic when Favre kicked the bum QB out of the throne.
    T-Ravenous, you truly are a viQueen. you couldnt beat out 29 of the 32 starting quarterbacks in this league, always remember that.

  38. PackFaninPackLand says: May 21, 2010 5:03 PM

    Wait a minute, you mean Brett Favre is better than Tarvaris Jackson ??? WOW.
    In related news Peyton Manning was QB of the Colts the past 4 years because he was better than Jim Sorgi, and YES the comparisons are similar !

  39. rovibe says: May 21, 2010 5:06 PM

    jobob247 — Sage never took Jackson’s job. Rosenfels was brought in to TRY to beat out Jackson last year, but he failed and spent the whole season #3 on the depth chart. Jackson is now the #1 QB unless Favre comes back.

  40. Cornerdenizen says: May 21, 2010 5:09 PM

    @garylandon41
    Dude. Did you actually read the story? Or did you, like so many of your bitter cohorts around here, just see the name ‘tavaris jackson,’ and immediately start to craft some stupid insult?
    Jackson admits to being upset at Favre’s arrival, then being appreciative of what he could learn from him. Its a positive, mature outlook from a professional athlete. Doesnt anyone have the slightest respect for that?
    …oh yeah, forgot where I was…whatever. carry on.

  41. jimmySee says: May 21, 2010 5:09 PM

    Note to Tavaris — be brilliant; take the job from the old guy. That’s the way it works.

  42. DeVoodoo says: May 21, 2010 5:11 PM

    It was Sage’s job, dumbass.

  43. Coach Stram says: May 21, 2010 5:15 PM

    If he didnt stink, Farve wouldnt have his job.
    He should be bitter and mad his momma gave him the name, Tavaris.
    What ever happened to names like Willie, Buck, Hank, Lenny and Otis?

  44. Flvikesfan says: May 21, 2010 5:20 PM

    Hey Tarvaris, Favre just called and said to go home and get your f*%king shine box.

  45. NachoBidness says: May 21, 2010 5:28 PM

    TheRedBengal says:
    May 21, 2010 4:30 PM
    Since I’m not a Vikings fan, I have no idea if T-Jack got a fare shake or not at being the starter. That means you gotta check his stats: in a 4 season span, 33g, 19gs, 320 of 545, 58.7%, 3,643yrds, 21tds, 18ints, 77.9qb rating, fumbled 14 times, lost 7. Not bad, not good. They know what they get with him: average play.
    He’d get this current Vikes team to the playoffs, but they would by no means be contenders for a deep playoff run.
    Your a permanent backup T-Jack, face it.
    _____________
    not a Vikings fan or a T-Jack fan, but I don’t think he got a fair shake. If you look at his last 4 or 5 regular season starts you see a guy who greatly improved after being benched for and watching Frerotte run the team for about half the year. Imagine what he gained by watching Favre. Not to mention he really didn’t have anyone to throw to. His top two receivers were hurt (one being a sophomore and the other being a one dimensional deep threat.)

  46. Vikadontis Rex says: May 21, 2010 5:33 PM

    Sage would NOT have been the starter. He was brought in to compete and push Jackson, and be there if he failed. Hence why Jackson was #2 on the depth chart this year and why he went in when the games were sealed, not Sage.

  47. norseman69 says: May 21, 2010 5:44 PM

    T-Jack is a dud…period just like Vick, McNare, peete,
    wonderlick vince young,jamarcus russell,charlie batch,andre ware kordell stewart,jason, D.A.N.S campbell,evans, the list goes on and on and on
    they are not winners period
    there have only been a handfull of qb’s which rate above a b+
    they are
    Warren moon
    Favre, Unitus, Montana,gresie bob, brady,manning P, the snake, bradshaw, home boi from steelers that likes chicks and booze,

  48. JimmySmith says: May 21, 2010 5:48 PM

    It must be something in the Minneapolis drinking water because the players are becoming as delusionsal as the fan base. The fans think they are going to win the Superbowl, T Jack Off thinks he is a real NFL QB, I don’t know which one is crazier?
    But you have to admit, Childress has played T Jack off like a skin flute (practice for when Favre did arrive in town) I love all this talk about whether he got a fair shake, hell, he had one of the top running backs and defenses in all of football, Betty White could go 8-8 on those teams. T Jack Off sucks, he can’t see it and the Viking fans are too dumb and had too many lousy QB’s to know what a good one looks like. Its gotten so bad that the Viking fans are in love with a QB that has not only not gotten done in the postseason for the last decade, he has gone so far as to give the games away and the Viking fans still want him back. Talk about crazy.

  49. EskinSux says: May 21, 2010 6:01 PM

    Vikings fans are the most PATHETIC, ass kissing fans on the planet…..

  50. Elgar says: May 21, 2010 6:15 PM

    It might have been a newsworthy story if Tarvaris Jackson had stated that he loves it when other people take away his job, because he is totally enthralled with carrying masonite clipboards rather than leather footballs, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has fulfilled his wildest aspirations and fondest dreams.
    Unfortunately, the above has not actually happened, and some free content on the Internet designed largely to twiddle the hours away is not really worth the price of reading it. Please note that Mr. Jackson generated significant income for himself performing a low-risk assignment during a major recession in 2009, and that certain jealous bloggers did not.

  51. prmpft says: May 21, 2010 6:28 PM

    …wow – did he really have NO IDEA that he SUCKED???!!! wow

  52. Pervy Harvin says: May 21, 2010 6:29 PM

    EskinSux says:
    May 21, 2010 6:01 PM
    Vikings fans are the most PATHETIC, ass kissing fans on the planet…..
    ————————————————–
    Better to kiss ass than choke on donk douche….

  53. The Doctor says: May 21, 2010 6:38 PM

    If he T-Jack ever gets back under center, he better use his legs a little more effectively.

  54. Fan of Football says: May 21, 2010 7:13 PM

    “Tarvaris shouldn’t be mad at Favre. He should be mad at the Viking organization for tampering to get him when he was still with the Packers.”
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the league found absolutely no wrongdoing. This was just another PR ploy (along with the fake Packer issues cell phone) orchestrated by Ted Thompson and the guy he hired Ari Fleshier.

  55. Cannon says: May 21, 2010 7:32 PM

    Wow I actually agreed with some of what @JimmySmith said. T Jack sucks, and the Vikings have one of the best defenses and running backs in the game.
    Minnesota loves Brett Favre because we hate the Packers and “stealing” the most popular player in Packer history is one of the best stories in sports history. Minnesota also loves Brett Favre because, like the same Packers fans who loved him and now hate him, we watch the games and realize how good he is. If the Vikings did not have Favre last year they never would have gone 12-4, they never would have beat the 49ers on a last second hail mary pass, they never would have beat the tar out of the Cowboys in the playoffs and they never would have come within a field goal of winning the NFC Championship.

  56. okemon says: May 21, 2010 8:06 PM

    all the haters who say t jack wouldn’t be the starter…. your wrong. thats why he came in for a bit in the title game when favre was hurt. get over your hate. t jack is in the number two slot if favre returns. and if for some reason that does not happen t jack will start. get over it.

  57. Djaehne says: May 21, 2010 8:43 PM

    Favre and Titans suck.

  58. Hawkeye says: May 21, 2010 9:21 PM

    I hope these vicious, mean sprited Viking fans get what they deserve; Farve jilting them at the last minute.

  59. steely devil hab says: May 21, 2010 9:33 PM

    MAYBE – he should head off to the tattoo parlour and get T. JACKSON tattooed accross his shoulders like V. YOUNG.
    This way, when he’s the bottom when they’re playing the ‘down low’ game (for those who don’t know – google it or watch the Law And Order:SVU episode) – the guy’s will know they’re hittin’.
    It gives new meaning to the expression;
    “Light a fire under his butt!!”

  60. gogobox says: May 21, 2010 10:21 PM

    robert ethen says:
    May 21, 2010 4:11 PM
    Just load up the car and head north, Tarv, I hear there is a starting job available in Winnipeg.
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    Calm down robert, (O)(O)… JACKSON is a solid
    backup/ starter..just O look at the Bills, Tampa, Miami soon U Seattle…..

  61. seals says: May 21, 2010 10:32 PM

    At least he is starting to sound mature. If he can just get over his hitch,,,,,,,,,,hitch,,,,,,ta ta ta ta day already,,,,,,,,,just throw the ball.

  62. metaldeth says: May 22, 2010 8:30 AM

    If he wants to be a great QB he should try doing the work. There were reports of teammates that were blaming him for not doing enough preparation a few years ago. And then he’s mad after he lost his job?

  63. sadviking says: May 22, 2010 11:49 AM

    Not getting any younger? Tarvaris still has like…12-15 years in him – if he’s lactually learning from Favre anyway.

  64. Bious says: May 22, 2010 5:01 PM

    Why would anyone not agree with TJ?
    Who wouldn’t be angry at someone coming in and taking your job? That seems common
    If people get angry at this, they are just being hypocrites

  65. Mrsteve says: May 22, 2010 5:05 PM

    Not as bitter & mad as Vikings fans were when he threw a INT to Fred Smoot of all people against the Skins to cost them the playoffs. Then the following season handing off the INT to Samuel in the playoffs against the Eagles.
    TJACK had so many chances. Blew them all.

  66. Ruvell100 says: May 25, 2010 3:22 PM

    Mrsteve says
    “Then the following season handing off the INT to Samuel in the playoffs against the Eagles.
    TJACK had so many chances. Blew them all.”
    _________________
    But then Brett Favre comes along, skips training camp, waltzes in to take the starting job, wins you one more playoff game than T-Jack the year before and throws 2 picks (one a 4-way tie with himself for worst pick ever thrown) and all is forgiven for “the kid out there.”
    No backbone. No honor. No loyalty. There is no question why you are the most hated, laughed at, disrespected, worthless fan-base in all of sports.

  67. Ruvell100 says: May 25, 2010 3:52 PM

    Again, FoF…
    “This was just another PR ploy (along with the fake Packer issues cell phone) orchestrated by Ted Thompson and the guy he hired Ari Fleshier.
    _____________
    Only a Romanian would be dumb enough to write that line not once, but multiple times on multiple sites.

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