The quarterback saga drags on

The Vikings continue to win despite an uncertain situation at quarterback, and head coach Brad Childress isn't about to clear things up for the opponents by naming a starter early in the week.

Another week, more questions about the Vikings' starting quarterback situation.

Coming off the best game of his career, Tarvaris Jackson is making a strong case to start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. But, if Gus Frerotte is ready, should the starting job remain his?

Brad Childress isn't talking. When asked Monday about the QB situation, Childress said he would discuss the matter with the players first before going public with his decision. That could be some time, since Childress is under no obligation to announce a starting quarterback. If he can get the Falcons to spend time game-planning for both, all the better.

"I don't know that I won't name him the starter, but I don't have to do that today and I won't do that today," Childress said.

Expect Childress to wait to make the call until later in the week, as Jackson will likely continue to take the lion's share of the first-team reps.

"I would say certainly in the last game and a half he's looked extremely decisive," Childress said. "I just don't see a lot of hesitancy back there. Really you want to be able to formulate the decisions you're making as you drop away from center and let the football go. I see him being able to do that. He's directing the run offense from side to side, where we want to go. I just think I see a brighter-eyed, more well-rounded guy for whatever reason. Whether it's the time, whether it's sitting back and watching; whether it's set of events that he didn't care for. But obviously, when you get a second chance you want to make the most of it and he's done a great job with that."


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