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Based on the comments you left Wednesday, a few of you are getting tired of the T.J. Houshmandzadeh-Tarvaris Jackson angle we've been working here for oh, it seems, about three years. So this will be the last post. I'm pretty sure.
But it's only fair that we bring you Jackson's response to reports that Houshmandzadeh chose Seattle over Minnesota because the Seahawks have a more stable quarterback situation. (We piled on Wednesday, noting that the Vikings portrayed Jackson as their likely starter during Houshmandzadeh's visit, despite the recent acquisition of Sage Rosenfels.)
Appearing Thursday on Sirius NFL Radio, Jackson said he wasn't bothered by Houshmandzadeh's preference for Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck. But Jackson also noted Hasselbeck was injured for most of last season and made clear he considers the Vikings a better overall option. (Kudos to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune for transcribing the interview.)
"No, it don't [bother me]. Matt Hasselbeck took his team to the Super Bowl. He won some games in Seattle. He's an older guy, experienced guy. With my situation that I've been in, not [being] in the lineup, and now we have Sage. He's been kind of in and out of the lineup in Houston and with his prior teams to that. That was [Houshmandzadeh's] decision and I wish him the best in Seattle. Not to take anything away from Seattle, but we feel like we're farther along than they are as far as the team goes. Matt is a big part of their team and he was pretty much hurt for the whole year last year so that probably hindered them a little bit. But they have a lot of receivers, they have a lot of talent out there in Seattle, so he made the decision to go out there and I guess that's where he felt more comfortable at."
As for the legitimacy of his battle with Rosenfels, Jackson said he considers himself in competition every year:
"Well, year in and year out coach [Brad] Childress always tells me we're going to compete. So I'm taking that same approach this year. I'm competing for the starting job and that's the approach I'm taking. I'm just going to go do my best and prepare hard this offseason and do what I normally do, take it up a notch and try to get better. So whatever coach decides, that's his decision but I'm going to make sure I do my part."
End topic. For now.