2011 Seahawks QB Analysis
The Seahawks entered the 2011 NFL league year with one quarterback on the roster, Charlie Whitehurst.
When the Free Agency period began they signed Tarvaris Jackson who was reunited with Seattle’s new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell who held the same position with the Vikings during Jackson 5 years with the team.
The team also added undrafted free agent Josh Portis.
Now that Jackson has been named the starter what does he bring to the table?
The first thing that sticks out at me is his arm strength. The ball jumps off his hand and it seems effortless. While on the run he becomes more accurate and with his arm strength he can still make all the throws. Having a young inexperienced offensive line his ability to avoid pressure and make plays is at a premium.
Pete Carroll made the right choice declaring him the starter so he could earn the respect of his teammates and become a leader.
At times his throws are inaccurate the most concerning is his tendency to miss high.
Even when he’s given time he is subject to making poor decisions like throwing to a guy who’s doubled while he has two guys who are open. He also stares down his receives like we saw in the last preseason game when he threw the interception in the end zone.
Tarvaris has a habit of becoming a running back when he leaves the pocket forgetting to look down field for open receivers and when he runs he hold the ball exposed away from his body.
Assumed he would be the starter this season but Pete decided to make him the backup while learning the playbook. Whitehurst is a tough quarterback who stands strong in the pocket and isn’t afraid to take a hit to deliver a ball. He has a stronger than average arm.
It is easy to see he has progressed since first joining the Seahawks doing a much better job reading the defense and going through his progressions. There is still much needed improvement if he wants to be a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL however.
Consistency and accuracy are at question. He will start at some point this season.
Like Tarvaris, Josh has a big arm and is quick on his feet. The trouble is once he gets flushed on a play he falls into a rut and starts looking to run every play.
He is a very raw quarterback and is nothing more than developmental at this point.
If he has to play there is no way the team can win.