Current Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft. As a Viking, you develop a “friendly hatred” toward the Green Bay Packers. However, the events of the past 3 seasons may start to remove the world “friendly” from Tarvaris Jackson’s hatred toward the Packers. But it’s not ALL the Packers he may “hate,” it’s 2 in particular and they happen to be quarterbacks: Brett Favre and Matt Flynn.
2009 and 2010 Season
The beginning of the 2009 off season, Tarvaris Jackson was battling fellow-QB Sage Rosenfels for the Vikings starting quarterback position. During their QB square-off, head coach Brad Childress was also recruiting a “retired” Brett Favre:
The Vikings got an encouraging performance in their preseason open last week from quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who has been competiting with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. But neither of them have been consistently sharp in practice this month
And neither can compete with Favre’s ability or resume.
And just like that the Minnesota Vikings quarterback battle is no more:
“Even the first year , we [players] never really got an explanation, a heads-up or something, but it was coach’s decisions. We pretty much new and had our feelings about what was going on. In the back of our hearts, we pretty much knew he was coming.” - Tarvaris Jackson on Brett Favre joining the Minnesota Vikings
The 2010 off season was much like ’09 with no one knowing what Brett would do:
“I had a [phone] conversation with him before the first preseason game. He was wishing me luck, saying, ‘Go out there and be yourself. Be the quarterback you can be.’ So I figured he was really retired. A couple of days later, there he was talking to me in person, like, ‘Hey, I’m back.’ ”
It wasn’t until Chilly sent 3 veterans down to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to recruit Favre for one more go at bringing that elusive first Super Bowl trophy to Minnesota:
“When he came back, it was more of a surprise.”
And just like that, T.Jackson was once again replaced.
2011 Season: Time for Tavaris’ Fresh Start and to Open Up on the Past
Following the Vikings’ horrendous 2010 season, Jackson knew it was time to move on from the franchise that drafted him. Whatever team Jackson was going to pick, he wanted a chance to be the starter:
“[But] I’m not trying to be a backup. I’m trying to go somewhere where I have a chance, and I don’t feel like I’d get that chance here [in Minnesota]. It’s time to move on.” – Jackson on new start
Enter new team: Seattle Seahawks.
When Tarvaris decided to sign with the ‘Hawks, he was able to breathe some fresh air because Pete Carroll was about giving him a chance to be their starter:
“He has not been in a good situation,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Silver regarding Jackson, who was installed as a starter even before he was able to practice with the team. “He has been jerked around. We wanted to put him in a stable situation.”
Added G.M. John Schneider of Jackson: “He’s 28 years old, and quite frankly was [expletive] on for four years.”
Tarvaris Jackson played through most of the 2011 season with a torn pectoral injury. He threw for 3,091 yards, but only had 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
2012 Off-Season: HAHAHAHA!
Once again, here we are. Jackson’s 2011 stats didn’t leave the ‘Hawks wanting more and on the search for a new quarterback.
Welcome Matt Flynn:
Flynn, a former seventh-round pick out of LSU, inked a three-year deal with Seattle on Sunday CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge confirmed…
The move means that Tarvaris Jackson, who started for Seattle much of last season, will almost certainly be the backup heading into training camp, although Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in a statement that “We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris.”
And just like that, Tarvaris gets the “stable situation” rug ripped out right from under him. And buddy, good luck winning the starting job considering your 2-year $8 million deal is nothing compared to the 3-year $26 million deal Flynn was given. No one in their right mind would hand T.Jackson the job and pay Flynn a guaranteed $10 million to sit on the bench.
But, hey! That’s how the story goes: Tarvaris Jackson just can’t compete with former Packers quarterbacks.