Kevin Seifert Tells It Like He Sees It
In an article that would get an ordinary reporter’s press credentials revoked, ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert does not hold anything back on his assessment of the Sage Rosenfels trade.
The Minnesota Vikings traded away their only real insurance at the game’s most important position Friday night, a reckless and vindictive move that indisputably weakened the team in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety on the depth chart.
I haven’t always praised Sage Rosenfels during his two year-career with the Vikings, but this preseason he proved to be the Vikings’ only competent backup behind Brett Favre. He far outperformed Tarvaris Jackson, who apparently has a tenured position unaffected by his performance. What anyone wouldn’t give for the kind of job security he has.
Let’s be perfectly clear: Rosenfels was traded Friday night to the New York Giants because he beat out Jackson for the No. 2 job. As crazy as it sounds, that’s what happened. The problem was that coach Brad Childress long ago chose Jackson as his No. 2 quarterback and still hasn’t given up on his prospects as a long-term starter. Childress never embraced Rosenfels’ acquisition in March 2009, a move orchestrated not by him but by vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman, and inexplicably banished him to the bottom of the depth chart.
If that’s a reporter’s opinion, I can’t wait to hear from Sage Rosenfels himself.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk got into the action, too.
What the hell are the Vikings thinking?
Favre has a bull’s-eye painted on every body part, and if (when) something on Favre shatters, the Vikings will need a veteran backup to Tarvaris Jackson. They won’t have one.
Florio also points out that Rosenfels will return to the Metrodome on December 12 and will surely be “spilling his guts” about everything he knows about the Vikings offense.
I have a feeling this story is far from over.