Let's not go down that road.MelanieMFunk wrote:Repeated disappointments? Like what?
I'm all for supporting/defending players, to a point. When there comes a time when it seems like they are either consistently costing the team games, a liability more than an asset, then they are damaging the team as a whole. People that criticize are largely advocating for the greater good. When it became clear to me that Tarvaris didn't have "it" and couldn't produce at a level of a starting NFL quarterback, I began calling for a change to someone (anyone) that could better lead the offense and ultimately win more games. From what I read about the guy, he's nice, an asset in the locker room and a heck of a hard worker. He handled himself with class in all he was put through, but the bottom line on him is that he's not a starting NFL quarterback. I believe he's shown that in his career to this point. I was pulling for him, but it got to the point where I cringed every time he dropped back. That's...not a good indication. But that didn't mean I didn't want him to succeed. I just lost confidence that he could, consistently.It's not so much what Jackson did that made me a fan. It was all of the hours I put into defending the man--and the fact that he was a Viking. lol. I would be a fool to give up on him now. But more than that, I feel like the fans were too hard on him.
It really depends on your definition of "bad." In my opinion, his ceiling is probably an average backup. Which, in the NFL, is nothing to sneeze at. But he may have a hard time being more than #3 this season in Buffalo. He just didn't/doesn't consistently produce at a high enough level.I don't think he's half as bad as people try to pretend.
He's an easy target. Most quarterbacks that aren't of starting caliber but starting anyway are that way though (see: Sanchez, Mark).People love to hate Tarvaris Jackson
That's admirable. But I still think you have to look at it from the perspective that many fans that criticize players (even if they choose poor words or spout ill-informed nonsense) are really looking at it from the perspective of "What is best for the franchise?" and "Can this guy help us win the Super Bowl we so desperately seek?" But I agree; I'd rather Vikings Nation rally and bash lame Packer fans When some poor Packer fan moseys here the week of games to start crap, it's amazing how overwhelmed they become. But, to their credit, there's one or two here that <swallows vomit> are not awful to read and whose opinions are measured and logical. Wait...that can't be right.More than that though, 99% of the time I support everything Vikings. I'm not one to sit around and bash everyone and their dog. I'd rather bash other cry-baby fans than turn on my purple! So, that's what I did. It was me and like one other person on WeAreVikingsFans.com defending Jackson. It was us against the world it seemed. lol I'll never turn my back on him.
I don't think Vikings fans treated him any differently than any other starting quarterback performing at the level he did. Just be thankful he was a Viking and not subjected to the likes of the New York/Philly media/fans. People just began calling for a change at different times. Some wanted him gone after six games, others gave him more slack. But I wouldn't say he was treated like "garbage." Better performance/more wins would've turned the fan base around.The fans treated him like garbage
I don't know how much of that was his innate loyalty as much as he was under contract PLUS he was given a legitimate chance to be a starter.--and he still wanted to play for the Vikings and be in Minnesota.
I think both sides needed a fresh start. It was a pretty clean break from what I remember.If I was him I would have WANTED to leave, but he didn't.
If Jackson produced at the level at the quarterback position that Harvin did at receiver/returner, I guarantee Tarvaris would've had a lot more fans (and would likely still be starting for us). If only Harvin had Tarvaris' attitude.Then you have guys like Harvin who everyone loves--and he can't wait to get outta Minnesota. At least Jackson wanted to be a Viking. He earned my respect. Plus, for a quarterback, he's buff. lol
Heh, I suppose he IS buff. Sooo, there's that.