Ahead of the Curve
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The Minnesota Vikings suffered a bitter defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in the too-cozy confines of the Metrodome on Sunday.  Still trying to forge an identity after the Randy Moss era, the Vikes had home field advantage, had gone 7-2 in their last nine games and were paired against an inconsistent, banged-up Philly team.

But not all is bad news for Minnesota.  The loss may be just the medicine this frustrated franchise needs to take the next step to becoming a serious contender.  Now Brad Childress and the top brass can begin searching in earnest for a new starting quarterback and file away for good the Tavaris Jackson project which would have lingered on into the '09 season had he led the Vikings to victory over the Eagles.  

Both Gus Ferotte and Jackson played capably and unselfishly as they were alternated as the starter throughout the season.  But neither man is the field general this talented team needs to move forward.  Jackson is best as a back-up quarterback and other teams know this.  Ferotte's advanced age makes him slower to react and injury prone.

If he doesn't retire (and a lot of other ‘ifs'), maybe Brett the Jet will end-up in Minnesota next season.  Not likely, but then who would've thought he'd be playing in the Big Apple this time last year.

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