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Monday, August 27, 2007

Childress and Bollinger comments on quarterback situation

Vikings coach Brad Childress on Monday named second-year quarterback Tarvaris Jackson the starter, then he confirmed the acquisition of veteran Kelly Holcomb from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move would bump Tyler Thigpen, a seventh-round pick out of Coastal Carolina, to the practice squad, Childress said.

Childress wouldn't say whether Holcomb had the edge over incumbent Brooks Bollinger for the No. 2 spot. But clearly Bollinger hasn't endeared himself with a poor preseason, including his two-pick performance Saturday in Seattle.

"I think it’s important that you have the right mix of people in the room, in the quarterback room, and that everybody understands what their role is," Childress said.

Childress pointed out that he had a conversation on Saturday with Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who also knows Eagles head coach Andy Reid well.

"Mike was good enough to say, ‘So are you interested in this guy too?’ " Childress said of Holcomb. " 'Let’s not let the big guy work us. Let’s get our egos out the way.’ So we had a pretty good conversation about that."

Childress said Bollinger, though, is assured of a roster spot.

"I’m not just going to say it’s an open competition for the second and third (quarterback spots)," Childress said. "I just want to make sure we got insurance -- and who's up and who's down, we’ll make those determinations as we go.

"Just adding another good football player," Childress later said. "Like I told Tarvaris, ‘You know how fast you get to No. 3.’ And if you get to No. 3, everybody expects that guy to win too. I think that’s probably it more than anything."

Jackson will likely play one series Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys at the Metrodome, then he will be replaced by Bollinger. Childress said Holcomb likely will play as well.

Holcomb is expected to be at practice Tuesday.

Here is what Bollinger had to say after practice:

On what this trade means for him: "I don't know. It means I'm going to show up tomorrow and do exactly what I've been doing since I got here. Like I've told you guys, there's a lot when you're in this league that you can't control."

On if he is disappointed: "I'm just trying to continue to compete and do everything I can to help this team get better. You've just got to look at it as competition and continue to move forward."

On if he wants to be somewhere else: "I'm always glad to have the opportunity to be a part of this football team. Like I said, I'm just going to fight to do everything I can to help this team and organization be better."


Blogger PurpleDawg said...

Chilly, drop your loyalty to the former Badger and get rid of Bollinger. Cant you see he cant play!!! Everyone else can. You're not a good enough coach to turn this high school quality quarterback into anything. Give him his papers and work with Thigpen.

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