Vikings coach Brad Childress didn't seem as adamant Monday about sticking with Tarvaris Jackson as his starting quarterback if he continues to struggle. Childress said he will start the quarterback that gives the team the best chance to win.
Vikings coach Brad Childress did not waiver after Sunday's loss to Indianapolis when asked if struggling quarterback Tarvaris Jackson
would start the next game against Carolina.
"He is definitely our quarterback next week," Childress said after his team fell to 0-2.
Monday, however, Childress left the door ajar for the possibility of a change at the quarterback position down the road.
Asked about the perception he has tied his future to Jackson, Childress said he will start the quarterback who gives the Vikings the best opportunity to win.
"I'm always looking at what's giving us the best opportunity to win," he said. "If it's Tarvaris, it's Tarvaris. If it's Gus Frerotte
, it's Gus Frerotte. J.D. Booty, it's J.D. Booty. I know I was asked a question yesterday, is that the guy who's going to be the quarterback at the end of the week?
"That's something that is ongoing. You don't crown a guy king and then the king doesn't have any clothes on and you say, ‘Hey, he's still the king.' You just need to make sure you're doing the right thing there. We're chewing on a bunch of things right now and making sure he's the best guy for us to go forward."
The question becomes at what point does Childress seriously think about demoting Jackson in favor of Frerotte. Jackson has completed 30 of 59 passes, a 50.8 completion percentage, for 308 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a 64.8 passer rating. His completion percentage is 28th in the league and his rating is 26th.
Asked what needs to happen for a switch to be made, Childress said: "I just think that's probably more subjective than anything else. I want to get together with my coaches and sit down and just look through all of the situations we've been through. I sit and grade the film. They sit and grade the film. I sit and watch it with them. We have a staff meeting to talk about how everyone plays. We'll have a few more meeting this afternoon. That's something that will fall back to me before we get going on Wednesday."
DE Jared Allen, whom the Vikings acquired from Kansas City in April in one of the most talked-about moves in the NFL, is dismayed by his team's slow start. "It's a deep hole and we've got to get out of it, we can't lose anymore," he said. "We have to start this week, by winning at home. You can't lose at home; you just can't lose at home. We've got the Panthers coming in and we have to take it to them and that is the bottom line. We have to get the first one out of the way and we will see what happens."
QB Tarvaris Jackson on if he heard the fans booing him at times during the Vikings' home opener: "Yeah, definitely. You try to please everyone. You try to make people happy. You want to make people cheer but we are frustrated just like they are frustrated so I can understand. We just got to make them cheer next time."
WR Bobby Wade on the Vikings' offensive struggles: "We need to start making some plays, and we just have to find a way to score. When we were in the red zone, it kind of kept them in the game by only getting three every time. It was just a tough game, and we just have to find a way to pick it up."
WR Sidney Rice underwent an MRI on his right knee Monday and said he had a sprained posterior collateral ligament. Rice sat out most of the second half Sunday after injuring his knee on a deep throw in the second quarter. Rice said he hopes to be able to play on Sunday against Carolina.
DT Ellis Wyms, who is used in the Vikings' nickel package, suffered a concussion late in Sunday's game.
CB Marcus McCauley, who started nine games last season and played in all 16, was inactive for a second consecutive week. It's unclear when he might be active.
FB Thomas Tapeh, who had one reception for 7 yards in the opener at Green Bay, did not have a touch against the Colts.
LT Artis Hicks played Sunday's game wearing a brace on his injured right elbow and actually fared pretty well against Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. Hicks was cleanly beaten once as Freeney stripped the ball from quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. That forced a turnover.
CB Antoine Winfield's first career interception came against Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and he got another Sunday on the opening possession of the game. Winfield's only interception last season also came in the Vikings' home opener. He played in only 10 games in 2007 because of injuries.