Commentary: Time to name Friday's starter

The Vikings only have a few more days until their preseason opener on Friday. It's time the quarterbacks know who will be starting that game.

With all the chatter surrounding who will be the Vikings' starting quarterback, it would seem Brad Childress is doing little to put either player's mind at ease.

Childress declined on Monday to say who will be starting Friday's game against the Colts. After missing several practices due to injury, it was believed that Tarvaris Jackson would be pushed to the No. 2 spot. That rationale made sense – Sage Rosenfels has been healthy and able to practice every day, whereas Jackson has not.

The quarterback situation continues to be a source of controversy in the wake of the Brett Favre saga. After telling both Jackson and Rosenfels that they would be in an all-out competition for the starting job, they both got pushed to the back burner when the Favre infatuation began. When a bucket of cold water got thrown on those plans, the Vikings had to revert to their initial plan.

But, as the days are winding down to the start of the preseason, it begs this question: "Why aren't the Vikings committing to a starter at least for the opener with the Colts?" In many ways, it doesn't make sense. Most of the starters know they're going to start and, if Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe are going to get work in this week preparing for the game, it would seem that it would be helpful for them to get extra reps with the starter and work on their timing with that QB – regardless of who it is.

Childress has been a believer that competition for a starting job brings out the best in both players. But, leaving both your quarterbacks hanging might not be a positive. It might be time for Chillress to break down and announce who his starting QB will be – but at least he said that one will start the first preseason game and the other will start the second game. Despite that proclamation, these QBs have been left in enough limbo. It's time they're in on the secret.


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