Jackson Gets Sideline Talks

Tarvaris Jackson's poor performance on Sunday had coach Brad Childress expressing his frustration after a missed opportunity on a deep pass with the Vikings pinned at their 1-yard line. It was all part of a bad day for the quarterback.

Brad Childress will see plenty of familiar faces Sunday as the Vikings play host to Philadelphia.

Childress spent seven seasons as an assistant under Andy Reid with the Eagles before being hired as the Vikings head coach in January 2006. Childress began his coaching tenure with the franchise as the quarterbacks coach in 1999 and gained notoriety for his work with rookie quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Childress spent his final four seasons in Philadelphia serving as offensive coordinator. Although Reid called the plays, Childress emerged as a hot head-coaching candidate in large part because of the Eagles' success and his work with McNabb.

The Vikings, though, haven't exactly thrived under Childress' leadership. Minnesota's 24-14 loss at Dallas on Sunday dropped its record to 2-4 this season and 8-14 since Childress took over. Most disturbing is the fact that the Vikings are 4-12 in their past 16 games.

This is due in part to the fact that Childress has yet to get the desired results out of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson is 2-4 in six games as the Vikings' starting quarterback, dating to the final two games of last season.

After a competent performance in the Vikings' 34-31 victory over Chicago on Oct. 14, Jackson took a step back against the Cowboys. He completed only six of 19 passes for 72 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 44.2 quarterback rating.

Jackson had hit on nine of 23 passes for 136 yards with a touchdown and no picks against the Bears.

"You're not going to win many games throwing (for) 70 yards," Childress said after Sunday's loss. "He just needs to hit the open guys coming off the goal line. I am disappointed in that. But we will just have to get better at that."

Childress gave Jackson a piece of his mind at the end of the second series Sunday because of the way the quarterback threw a deep pass for Troy Williamson. Television cameras caught the confrontation.

"It was an extended talk," Childress said. "Just kind of letting them feel my emotion in terms of what needed to be done."

Jackson's inability to hit downfield passes enabled the Cowboys to stack the box and concentrate on stopping a Vikings run game that features rookie phenom Adrian Peterson and veteran Chester Taylor

The Vikings went from gaining 311 yards on 43 carries in Chicago, to churning out 131 yards on 27 rushes against the Cowboys. Peterson was held under 100 yards for the second time in six NFL games and his 63 yards (on 12 carries) was his NFL low.

There is little doubt an Eagles rushing defense allowing 88.0 yards per game will go to school on the film of the Vikings-Cowboys game.

Jackson realizes he must make quick improvement and that it's not fair to chalk up his mistakes to growing pains.

"Being a professional, that's what I get paid to do, go out there and make plays," he said. "I expect more of myself than anybody. I expect to make those plays every time."

NOTES

  • CB Cedric Griffin scored the first touchdown of his NFL career when he took a lateral from linebacker Ben Leber and raced into the end zone. Actually, Griffin didn't race. Leber recovered a fumble and flipped it to Griffin as he was being tackled. Griffin, though, fumbled and then recovered the ball in stride at the Dallas 28 before resuming his jaunt into the end zone.

  • S Dwight Smith sat out Sunday because of a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury in Week 2 at Detroit but had continued to play despite being limited in practice. Tank Williams started in Smith's place.

  • DE Erasmus James was inactive for Sunday's game because of a shoulder injury. James made his 2007 regular-season debut the week before at Chicago but was slowed by the injury. James at out the first four games as he recovered from a knee injury suffered early last season.

  • FB Naufahu Tahi (knee) and linebacker Vinny Ciurci (ankle) both sat out at Dallas. Both play on multiple special teams units.

  • RB Mewelde Moore was active for only the third time this season. He dressed as the No. 3 running back with Tahi out. Tahi has served as the third running back for games in which both Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor have been active.



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