Childress says Jackson "beat up pretty good"
Vikings coach Brad Childress said at his press conference a few moments ago that QB Tarvaris Jackson is still his starter but only if he's healthy enough. Childress said Jackson is "beat up pretty good."
Although his injury is officially a strained groin, Jackson got a beatdown in Motown Sunday.
Jackson was 17 of 33 for 166 yards, with no touchdowns and four interceptions. And although he was only sacked once, Jackson should have taken at least three more instead of trying to attempt a throw.
"The biggest thing is, you’re not going to save every play," Childress said. "Some were missed throws, and some were attempts to make a play. Just learning when to perhaps cut a loss and live to play another down, and not give the balls to the other team on a short field."
Asked if he "miscalculated" Jackson's readiness, Childress said, "I don’t think so.
"I don’t feel that way," he said. "I feel like he’s more than ready. It’s just a matter of him taking care of the football. I see him make a lot of good plays out there, and I see him get us into the right plays."
* On getting his tight ends more involved in the offense: "We talked about that. Yeah, I’d like to have them more involved in the offense. Yes I would."
* Childress lamented the 12 penalties that cost the Vikings 96 yards.
* Childress said WR Troy Williamson should be fine.
My personal highlight was when Pioneer Press columnist Bob Sansevere asked Childress why Jackson didn't go down to buy backup Brooks Bollinger more time when he strained his groin on the first play of overtime.
"I guess I’m not that deep, strategy wise," Childress replied. "You ever been kicked in the groin?"
Sansevere quickly quipped, "Who hasn’t?"