I can't say I feel good right now. After spending much of the game with stones rolling around in my stomach, all I can feel is relieved.
I'm not going to lie: I'm slightly intrigued.
Benching Jackson for Gus Frerotte earlier this season was the right move: Frerotte isn't that good, but he was making throws Jackson hadn't shown the ability to make, and going into today the Vikes had won seven of 10 games since Frerotte started. But as I've said for a while, the Gus Frerotte-led Vikings appear at best to be a 9-10 win team ready to lose early in the playoffs, and then getting a good quarterback would be the team's top off-season priority.
With Tarvaris Jackson? I don't know. If he plays like the Tarvaris Jackson we've known in the past, then they're still probably at best a 9-10 win team ready to lose early in the playoffs, and quarterback is still the team's top off-season priority. I still don't know if Jackson is consistently accurate enough to be a good NFL quarterback. But...there's just a chance that Jackson was forced into action before he was ready. There's just a chance he still has potential and that he has improved. There's just a chance that this time on the bench has been good for him, allowing him to learn and re-focus. There's just a chance that the Tarvaris Jackson we watched today isn't the same Tarvaris Jackson we've watched in the past. Today he was 8/10 with 105 yards and a touchdown, no interceptions. Jackson was mobile and poised, completing a lot of passes for first down. He's not as accurate on the deep ball as Frerotte, but his running ability opens up new plays in the offense.
Gus Frerotte is what he is: we know what he is, and there's no progression, no development, no upside. But Tarvaris Jackson is young and athletic, and just maybe there is hope. Just maybe, there is progression, development, upside.
I don't know (and besides, Frerotte could be back under center next week). I just say I'm intrigued.