Tarvaris Jackson, a perfect backup for the Seahawks
When the Seahawks make the Tarvaris Jackson signing official, it will be a no-risk and plain smart move for everyone involved. It was only a year ago when Jackson was unceremoniously left out of the Seahawks picture at the quarterback position as a result of Russell Wilson’s emergence. Jackson all of a sudden went from the team’s 2011 starter to being passed up by a rookie and a backup in Matt Flynn.
You’d think a player who was a starter would probably hold ill will towards a team that replaced him so ruthlessly. But Jackson may see a backup gig on the Seahawks as a perfect fit. He fell to third on the Buffalo Bills depth chart in 2012, failing to appear in any games.
It now appears Jackson is more than happy to be a backup, and the Seahawks are also willing to accommodate him. For Pete Carroll, having three quarterbacks in camp fits his philosophy and want for competition. If Brady Quinn is their preferred choice as a backup quarterback, then bringing in Jackson will only make him better during training camp.
On the flip side, Brady Quinn’s days as a Seahawk might have ended right when the Bills released Jackson. The Seahawks are bringing in a player who already knows offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s system and already has played with a handful of players on this offense.
Doug Baldwin voiced his want for Jackson to return as a Seahawk as soon as the Bills released him. Jackson also has earned respect from both his teammates and coaches after playing with a torn pectoral on his throwing side for a large portion of the 2011 season.
So what does Quinn have going for him? The front office brought him in because of his high football IQ, a trait that would further aid Wilson’s development as a quarterback off of the field. However, Jackson’s experience with this offense and he team’s coaches and personnel may be too much for Quinn to overcome. Additionally, on paper, Jackson has clearly put up better numbers than Quinn since 2010. Quinn compiled a record of 1-7 with two touchdowns while Jackson put up a record of 7-8 with 17 touchdowns in the same stretch.
Productivity-wise, Seahawks fans would probably be more comfortable with having Jackson step in for Russell Wilson if the worse were to happen. While it will not hurt to carry three quarterbacks on the roster, all indications say the Seahawks will roll with two quarterbacks heading into the regular season. The coaching staff has to eventually choose between Quinn and Jackson. I am putting my money on Jackson to win the job.