Jeff George Says That If He Was In Minnesota, He'd Have A Ring

With Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler drawing increasing comparisons to former NFL quarterback Jeff George, Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports caught up with George to get his position on the situation, and to talk about other stuff, too.
Here’s the quote that made our head jerk in Kramer-style fashion:  “If I was in Minnesota, I guarantee I’d be wearing a ring right now,” George said.  “I just can’t get over why somebody like [coach] Brad Childress wouldn’t take a look at me and have me as the third guy on their roster.  Put me in and I’ll pick up right where I left off in ’99, but this time with Adrian Peterson, so I wouldn’t have to throw it nearly as much.”
(Be careful with that, Jeff, or Robert Smith will send a nasty e-mail about you to Deadspin.)
As to the comparisons to Cutler, George opted for sarcasm.
“Oh, that’s a huge compliment,” George told Silver.  “I mean, you can’t get any better than that.”
And the comparison might not be warranted, given that George says he wouldn’t boycott offseason workouts.
“I would tell him to just go in, bust your butt and work as hard as you can over the offseason,” George said.  “Go in and be a leader like you think you can be.  Don’t give ‘em any excuse to say you’re a crybaby.”
But even with the right attitude, it’s probably too late for the 41-year-old George to get another shot.
“I would think it’s way past his time,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told Silver.  “Being that he sat out all those years, plus he’s [over] 40, and he wasn’t exactly what everybody was looking for to start out with, I just don’t see it.  I’d say his chances are slim and none.  I know we wouldn’t be interested, but you never can tell with someone like Al Davis, so maybe the Raiders would bite.”
We don’t know whether George would have won a Super Bowl in Minnesota, but he definitely would have been an upgrade.
But Brad Childress made it clear that George simply wasn’t going to get a shot when the issue first came up.
“Probably maybe go to a fantasy camp or something like that,” Childress said in 2007.  As to whether George was on the downside of his career at the time, Childress said, “Downside would probably be — I think — kind.”
Frankly, that assessment would be kind as to Tarvaris Jackson.  And Gus Frerotte.  And Kelly Holcomb.  And Brooks Bollinger.

75 responses to “Jeff George Says That If He Was In Minnesota, He'd Have A Ring

  1. Chilly’s gonna be gone in a year anyway. The dude has all the pieces and can’t win. Nancy Drew could tell you how that’s gonna end.

  2. Right, the Vikings were the only team in the league who “missed” on this one.
    The Vikings were wrong because every other team was just beating down Jeff George’s door to give him a chance to play.
    Also, I find it ironic that George even mentions leadership as during his time in DC (until he was fired by Marty after two or three games one year), he uttered the words “Yeah….I think that leadership stuff is all overrated”
    Plus, I don’t think he ever lived in Minnesota during the offseason.

  3. A guy 41 years old shouldn’t even think about stepping back on the field. Uh, unless it’s for the Cowboys. Or the Jets. Well, and the Patriots, and uh, Panthers. But other than that, forget about it.
    – Vinny Testaverde

  4. He already bombed in the west coast offense during Gruden’s first year in Oakland, so even Childress is smart enough to avoid him.

  5. What in the heck does any of this have to do with Al Davis or the Oakland Raiders? Furthermore what does Stephen Jones have to do with the Vikings? Tarvaris Jackson will never take MN anywhere and Chilly is to stupid to realize it. Maybe they should sign George. Now I’m going to take a poop in a box and send it to Stephen Jones.

  6. I think you should send the book QBF to jeff george. His comment is way better and funnier than any you’ll read on here.

  7. Was Stephen Jones’s (the future football guru at Sally Ranch) silver spoon sticking out of his mouth when commenting? Or was he using it to feed the next Al Davis?…

  8. With the 10 year anniversary of Jeff George donning the purple coming up this fall, it sure brings back the memories of the 1999 season which for most Viking fans like myself was nothing more than 1998 hangover. What could have been? The 98 Vikings would have been in the Super Bowl had not Denny Green completly mismanaged the NFC championship game against Atlanta. “The Falcones were who we thought they were.” I way off topic here I know.
    I’m glad George thinks so highly of himself. I will go out on a limb here and say if I coached the Vikings, they would win the Super Bowl every year. I just love the logic behind that one.
    In Sage we trust. Then again, maybe not.

  9. I have to say this….. florio keep giving us football updates daily, we love it and its what makes this site great, what doesn’t make this site great is when you yourself tries to”kick some footbal knowlege”, for someone who spends so much time consumed with football id be hard pressed to find someone who knows as little about football as you do, you’re football comments are absolute crap, jeff george would b an downgrade over jeff george? Just stop please, I saw ur first mock draft u have no insight on the sport other than the links u set up to the stories…..just stop….please

  10. Sorry ParkerFly, my mouse mis-fired while trying to give you a 5. Damn, I’m ready to be done with work for the week.

  11. You mean, THE Jeff George – the one with the Wonderlic score of 10…..THE Jeff George, who is 41 years old – 42 in December…..THE Jeff George who hasn’t thrown a pass in a game since 2001.
    It is THAT Jeff George?
    Just checking.

  12. Let me put it to gently Jeff as to why Childress had zero interest. YOU SUCK! YOU WERE BAD WHEN YOU WERE GOOD. The only ring you will ever wear is the one through your nose.

  13. Here’s the quote that made our head jerk in Kramer-style fashion: “If I was in Minnesota, I guarantee I’d be wearing a ring right now,” George said. “I just can’t get over why somebody like [coach] Brad Childress wouldn’t take a look at me and have me as the third guy on their roster. Put me in and I’ll pick up right where I left off in ’99, but this time with Adrian Peterson, so I wouldn’t have to throw it nearly as much.”
    George then went on to say,”that back in ’82 he could throw a pigskin a quarter mile.

  14. i agree with the jeff george comments but chilly should take a lesson out of his own book given the inability to get a qb…
    think about what you wanna do about QB… then do the opposite…

  15. Jackson has been the worst QB in the NFL now for 3 years running. Not just the worst starting QB mind you, but simply the worst alltogether. How the hell he managed to hold onto his job is a mystery to everyone. Ferrotte, Bollinger and Holcomb were all vast improvments over him, and none of them should have been starting either. At least now we have a halfway decent option in Sage Rosenfels… 3 years too late.

  16. “Frankly, that assessment would be kind as to Tarvaris Jackson. And Gus Frerotte. And Kelly Holcomb. And Brooks Bollinger.” [Editors Note – And Mike Florio.]

  17. Yeah and if Lane Kiffin would have coached anywhere but Oakland, he would have been successful. Good one Jeff.

  18. Jeff George.. a ring?
    Eh, never realized Kordell Stewart moved to MN…
    Or that MN allowed those marriages….

  19. Jeff George in a vikes uni, with Jason Whitlock at center. Hell, chilly might as well go out in style……

  20. Minnesota’s already got enough DBs in there secondary… they don’t need to add one as a quarterback.

  21. ===”Well, if theres anybody that knows about winning Super Bowls, its Jeff George. “===
    And Mike Florio. I’m sure Florio knows a lot about which QBs are good and which aren’t.
    Like “robert edwards” commented above, Florio consistently displays what idiotic opinions he has on the game of football. This is obviously someone who knows nothing about the game (the sad thing is that he thinks he does, so we all are forcibly exposed to his idiotic opinions whether we like it or not).
    Promoting the signing of Jeff George as some sort of step up for the Vikings. Wow. Just…wow.

  22. How long has George been out of football? Yet every year, there is talk about the guy coming back. Seriously, even if this guy was working out and running drills every day, what are the odds of him making a successful comeback after all these years.
    Seriously Jeff, if anyone thought you could do anything, you would be on a team since many teams don’t even have a decent starter nevermind a decent back up.

  23. theVIC says:
    “the sad thing is that he thinks he does, so we all are forcibly exposed to his idiotic opinions whether we like it or not.”
    Who forces you to read this blog? go somewhere else

  24. Jeff George was and still is garbage. He makes Vinny look like Johnny Unitas

  25. And theVic…if you have such an NFL pedigree, why not post a resume for all NFL teams to see, instead of posting on here?..Hell, I’m sure you sat on your couch thru hundreds of games, maybe even won a Madden game or two….Or maybe you just bitch for the sake of bitching…..

  26. What’s wrong with giving him a tryout? Oh yeah, Childress has something against winning.

  27. Jeff George – “Jeff throw the ball deep and hope somebody catches it, even the defense George”

  28. Chili wouldn’t do anything to put himself in a position where he might actually have to coach.

  29. Mike, Pat White will be your new Jeff George. You can ask why nobody gives him another shot.

  30. Definitely an upgrade? You’re a MORON, Florio. As much as you love to rip on Jackson, could you at least acknowledge that he had a 95 QB rating last year? No that would require that you do a little homework. But maybe, just maybe you should provide some actual evidence and support for your ridiculous suppositions. Is that asking too much. Guess that’s just too much work for a little mind like yours.

  31. Why doesn’t he have a big glass of shut the hell up, he would be wearing a ring his wedding ring

  32. “If I was in Minnesota, I guarantee I’d be wearing a ring right now”… and monkeys might fly out of my butt.

  33. I think Jeff George needs to buy a time machine on the internet, so he can go back to 86′ and take state.

  34. “I know we wouldn’t be interested, but you never can tell with someone like Al Davis, so maybe the Raiders would bite.”
    After failed experiments with the likes of Pacman, Tank, and T.O. all very recently… That is throwing stones in a glass house. Keep your trap shut Dallas. At least Al Davis has been to a Superbowl and won some playoff games this decade!

  35. Florio’s point is that the Vikings continue to go into every season without a viable option at QB. Chilly has said that TJack is the QB and Sage is being brought in for competition. TJack is not ready to win unless they are staked to a lead and never relinquish it. He is not equipped to hit a WR let alone anyone outside of the numbers because he can’t see it.
    The last person to figure out when a QB sucks is always the people that drafted him and coach him because they are too stubborn. Chilly thinks he is going to coach this guy up. Now he might be right in the long term, maybe this guy will come around. But why stake the Vikings future and your own job on this guy?
    The window of opportunity is only open for so long and if the last piece of the puzzle is the QB then for the love of Mike get a guy in here that requires defenses to do something other stuff 8 men in the box.

  36. I say give Jeff George a chance. What do teams have to lose by bringing him in for training camp? I’m sure he still has the rocket arm (atleast he did 2 years ago on Pros vs Joes). LOL. Childress does have an eye for talent. This is the guy who traded for Brooks “I shouldn’t be in the league” Bollinger. Chilly will never admit in a million years that he has ever made a wrong decision. The whole Darrell Bevell Offensive Coordinator experiment hasn’t worked. It’s hard to sign free agents like T.J. Houshmandzadeh when they come in for a visit and see Bevell’s playbook is written in red crayon. Chilly and Bevell need to go!!!

  37. Post of the day right here.
    ——————————–
    bshazzar says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Here’s the quote that made our head jerk in Kramer-style fashion: “If I was in Minnesota, I guarantee I’d be wearing a ring right now,” George said. “I just can’t get over why somebody like [coach] Brad Childress wouldn’t take a look at me and have me as the third guy on their roster. Put me in and I’ll pick up right where I left off in ’99, but this time with Adrian Peterson, so I wouldn’t have to throw it nearly as much.”
    George then went on to say,”that back in ‘82 he could throw a pigskin a quarter mile.
    ————————–
    For anyone who didn’t catch the reference.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd4jRk1Pncg
    Jeff George is Uncle Rico. An astute observation. Certainly worthy of a book.

  38. Favresadramaqueen says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    Definitely an upgrade? You’re a MORON, Florio. As much as you love to rip on Jackson, could you at least acknowledge that he had a 95 QB rating last year? No that would require that you do a little homework. But maybe, just maybe you should provide some actual evidence and support for your ridiculous suppositions. Is that asking too much. Guess that’s just too much work for a little mind like yours.
    —————————
    Could you at least acknowledge that Jackson’s record of 2-3 in games he started won’t get him any rings either?
    BTW, interesting sidenote. The actor who played Uncle Rico is actually a vegetarian. They shot that scene with the steak several times and each time he’d spit the steak out everytime they stopped filming. You can even see him spit the steak out towards the end of the scene I posted – just before he sits down again.

  39. Wow. Jeff George had a 94.2% QB rating in 1999 throwing to #80 and #84. (Both the ones on the field and the guys sitting in the track seats). That was his career best year with a respectable interception ratio of 2.8%.
    Tarvaris Jackson’s QB rating in 2008 = 95.3 %
    Interception rating in 2008 = 1.3%

  40. Why won’t Jeff George just go away? He’s had ample opportunity to prove whether or not he could play in the NFL and aside from one semi-decent year in Atlanta, he was a waste. Time to pick up a hobby that doesn’t have anything to do with football Jeff.

  41. For heaven’s sakes…there is a very good reason why Jeff George was run out of umpteen NFL franchises…the guy has a rocket for an arm, but consistently showed throughout his NFL career that he didn’t give a damn about game plans or plays called in from the sideline..those were merely options to be ignored when he felt like doing something different. The debacle of his last season with the Redskins shows the impossibility of using him as a #1 quarterback. Every owner that fell in love with Jeff George had cause to regret their emotions at leisure.
    If you’re going to consider pulling Jeff George out of retirement, how about Drew Bledsoe? Jake Plummer? Ryan Leaf? (Leaf resigned from his coaching gig – he has the time to get in shape and show us his rocket arm…)

  42. Jeff George MIGHT have a ring if he’d signed the damned contract offered to him by the Vikes after the ’99 season, but he wanted more money than what was offered and Denny Green decided to roll out the Culpepper, which by the way, was not the move Cris Carter wanted – I distinctly remember a pregame interview sometime during the 2000 season in which Cris Carter was asked about how things were going with Culpepper under center and his response was, “I wanted Jeff George.” (I have no reference for that other than my own memory, maybe I was drunk and imagined it. I’ll try to find it on youtube). Seriously, though – George/Carter/Moss for half of the ’99 season was deadly, and I would have like to see that continue in 2000 and beyond…Too late now though. Too late, Jeff

  43. do they spike the kool aid in the land of 10,000 lakes or what?…T Jerk is a great qb when handing off to AP……you people are freakin nuts….like cowboy fans in love with romo….Both suck…..simple as that

  44. a ring… if they had kept him ten years ago, sure. he did salvage a season after randall cunningham started out 2-4 that one year.
    now he is just too old.

  45. pfeff: “The window of opportunity is only open for so long and if the last piece of the puzzle is the QB then for the love of Mike get a guy in here that requires defenses to do something other stuff 8 men in the box.”
    Viking fans are so delusional, and this whole “We are only a QB away from winning it all” is my favorite part of their delusion.
    Look, geniuses, the only part of your team that is championship caliber is your running back and your defensive line. And Antoine Winfield is a pretty good cornerback. That’s it. You don’t have the QB, you don’t have the WRs, you don’t have the secondary, you don’t have tight ends, or even the OLine anymore, hell you don’t have the championship-level coaching.
    So stop living in the fantasy that you’re somehow one QB away from going 14-2 (sorry, 16-2. Forgot about Roger’s expansion plan) and winning it all for the first time in your franchise’s pathetic history. Go ahead and give me a “1” rating.

  46. Its funny, he would pick one of the two NFL franchises that has gone 0-4 in the Superbowl and to top it off, he picked the 0-4 franchise that hasn’t gone in the past 40 years to make this announcement.
    Look, the Vikings suffer enough with Childress as the head coach and spewman as the GM, to have to watch Jeff George play QB would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. No wonder they can’t sell tickets in MN.

  47. Ummmm, yea Jeff.
    …and if I hadn’t have taken that bong hit back in 1982, I would have been the MVP pitcher in the World Series, instead of making $100 a night playing guitar in a cover band on weekends.

  48. Jackson will be good somewhere else. He needs to get out of Minnesota. He needs to do it soon before his completely loses his confidence.
    If he can go some place that has a real coach, he will do fine.

  49. Its hilarious that 73 people have responded to this non story! Shows us all how boring our vikings offseason conversation has been!

  50. Just put the G-MAN out there in a wheel chair and let him fling the ball all over the field! If nothing else people would jam in just to see that. Maybe Dan Fouts would be willing to back him up.

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