The Alexi Casilla Of Football

I'm sure that many of you readers/posters on Daily Norseman are Twins fans as well as rooting on your beloved (beleaugered?!) Vikings.  After watching Monday Night's beatdown against the Giants, I'd like to make one analogy that I think you might appreciate...

Since 2007, the Twins have had an infielder by the name of Alexi Casilla...

He's been a spark-plug out of the #2 spot in the order, has played solid (and at times spectacular) defense at second base and shortstop, and has collected more clutch hits than a career .250 hitter ever should dream of.  Basically, when he is going good, the entire team can really feed off his energy.

However, there is one ENORMOUS catch: all of those positive traits are ONLY realized in short little bursts of examination.  Every time Casilla has been handed a starting job, he's blown it based on horrid batting slumps, erratic defense, and boneheaded baserunning miscues that leave Twins manager Ron Gardenhire all but emitting steam from the top of his dome.

I think that Tarvaris Jackson is exactly that same type of player...

<a class='sbn-auto-link' href=Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) Raises" id="photoMain" />

In brief bursts, Tarvaris can seem like a serviceable NFL QB.  He's very athletic overall, can make plays on the move, and has shown a strong arm with the ability to put the ball downfield.

However, much like Casilla, the other shoe thumps down hard when us fans have to see Jackson play for any extended period of time.  It is then that his bad decision making, poor mechanics, and overall confusion (see above picture) cement him as a wash-out (though perhaps not, say, of Jamarcus Russell proportions) in the NFL.

In 2011, the Twins play to give Casilla one more chance at locking down a starting role.  Luckily, based on Favre's injury, the Vikes won't have to wait that long to jettison T-Jack.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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