Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/30/12
Whether he starts or backs up should we keep T-Jack?

Even while battling through a pectoral injury in the 2011-12 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks’ Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was able to put up the best numbers of his career.

He threw for 3,091 yards passing, and 14 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

While certainly not Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady type numbers, he was able to do enough to keep the Seahawks competitive.

Hometown fans can often be critical of Quarterbacks, wanting to discard them even though they might be the best fit for them for the short term.

Truth be told, Jackson doesn’t really project as the long term answer for the Hawks, but should he at least be retained for one more year?

To help answer this question, let’s look at some numbers from his fellow NFC West QBs from last season:

  • Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – 2,164 yards, 6 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
  • Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – 1,955 yards, 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • John Skelton – Arizona Cardinals – 1,913 yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions
  • Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – 3,144 yards, 17 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

Now, many will say that the NFC West leaves much to be desired at the QB position, and they’d be right to an extent, but Jackson’s play, combined with the Seahawks’ stout defense would put Seattle back in the mix to content for a division title.

If the Seahawks don’t see enough from Matt Flynn, who has only started two games in the NFL, or rookie Russell Wilson, who has zero NFL experience for obvious reasons, they may need Jackson to put them in the best position to win.


He has Wide Receiver Sidney Rice, his ex-teammate from their days with the Minnesota Vikings returning, and they have experience together.

The Seahawks may need Jackson to put them in the best position to win.

He has also built a rapport with WR Doug Baldwin.

He has familiarity with Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense from again, Minnesota, but in his time with Seattle as well.  He could be the best option at QB.

However, if Matt Flynn is able to play at the level that saw him throw for 734 yards and 9 touchdowns in those two NFL starts, he will lead the ‘Hawks at QB.  Does that mean Seattle should discard Jackson at that point?  It wouldn’t make sense.

With QB Russell Wilson, albeit talented, as the 2nd string QB, the Seahawks would be put in a bind if Flynn went down.

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Impressing in the offseason is not the same as impressing in the regular season.

If Flynn struggles at all, that could put the pressure on to start Wilson, and that sometimes ruins a rookie who should be sitting on the bench for at least a season or two.

The ‘Hawks would probably want a veteran backup at that point, and who better than Tarvaris Jackson?

What point in finding another veteran who doesn’t have Jackson’s comfort level with the team, and may have even worse numbers.

There is still a lot that needs to be played out in training camp and the pre-season, but letting Jackson go this year doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

What do you think?

Submit your answer in the poll.

Whats happening today?

This just in from Seahawks camp today. GM John Schneider was on with Mitch in the morning on KJR and had some interesting things to say.

First some quotes on Sidney Rice.

#Seahawks J. Schneider “Sidney Rice is vital to what we’re doing. He’s a guy we need to do well. No question about that”

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

#Seahawks J. Schneider “If it was me I’d rather NOT have him playing at all (Till the real season starts)” on Sidney Rice

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

Then some quotes on the health of James Carpenter and the Seahawks O-line competition.

#Seahawks J. Schneider “Competition thing is LEGIT. Pete’s going to do what he can to get guys ready to play.” (Breno is the new RT folks)

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

He then drops the first big bomb of 2012 training camp and says Carpenter if/when healthy will return and play Left Guard.

#Seahawks J. Schneider “He’ll focus on Left Guard when he comes back. Position to get him some confidence” (Carpenter)

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

A quote / update on the Lynch DUI scenario.

#Seahawks quotes J. Schneider “I don’t really fear opening up the season without Marshawn Lynch. It’s not up to us, I can’t share a lot”

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

Lastly some thoughts on why they picked up Kellen Winslow Jr. from the Bucs.

#Seahawks quotes J. Schneider “We’re 2 years ahead of Tampa in terms of rebuilding. We have a strong foundation and core to add K2″

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

#Seahawks quotes J. Schneider “During offseason we were looking for a TE to stretch the field like @CMorrahEighty8 so after draft we got K2″

— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) July 30, 2012

There you have it folks. More coming soon on our Seahawks blog. Stay tuned for our next Camp Confidential as well.


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