Can’t say I saw Seattle’s shocker over the Giants coming yesterday. In fact, to be honest, I picked the Giants in my Survival pool.
I thought they were the week’s safest bet.
But the plucky Seahawks persevered and, in doing so, may have created a new quarterback controversy.
After free-agent signee Tarvaris Jackson struggled in the preseason and Charlie Whitehurst marginally outplayed him, some Seahawks fans wondered if Jackson should have the job at all, but Carroll stuck with the ex-Viking.
Jackson kinda, sorta hung in there for a few weeks, helping the Seahawks edge Arizona and putting up 319 yards and three touchdown passes in a close loss to Atlanta.
Then came yesterday’s interesting development. Jackson was his usual ho-hum self against the Giants, going 15 of 22 for 166 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
But a pectoral injury sidelined him in the third quarter.
In limited duty, Whitehurst was 11 of 19 for 149 yards, a touchdown and a 100.5 passer rating. The Seahawks actually exceeded 400 yards of offense.
The question now is – if Jackson’s injury doesn’t prove serious, might Whitehurst still get a shot to lead Seattle’s offense?
Consider that he also helped Seattle beat St. Louis to in a winner-take-all game to qualify for the playoffs last season.
It seems funny to ask, but is Charlie Whitehurst “clutch”?
It looks like the quarterback controversy in Seattle lives on. Pete Carroll might face pressure from the fans and media to give Whitehurst an extended look going forward.
We can only hope, though, that Carroll doesn’t view either guy as the long-term answer.
This team still needs to draft a quarterback next spring.