Seahawks: Whitehurst outplays Jackson again as Seattle loses second preseason game
Actual preseason results don’t mean a ton; the 20-7 loss to Minnesota in the Seattle Seahawks’ second preseason game wasn’t utterly devastating.
But a concerning storyline repeated itself in Saturday’s game.
Once again, “backup” quarterback Charlie Whitehurst outplayed “starter” Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson played the first half, completing 11 of 21 passes for a measly 75 yards and throwing a costly interception.
Whitehurst started the second half and went 14 of 19 for 97 yard and a touchdown pass.
His line could have been better, too, as a Pat Williams drop stopped a crucial fourth-quarter drive.
So what does it all mean? Nothing yet, according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
“I’m not in that mindset at all,” Carroll said when asked about possibly benching Jackson for Whitehurst. “I love that Charlie played well and I think we need to give Tarvaris a chance to play well, too, with the guys around him. I felt like he was out there fighting for it and he did a good job of competing.”
Jackson did look dangerous on his feet, rushing twice for 12 yards. And, given the contract he got this offseason, the Seahawks likely won’t pull the plug on him anytime soon.
The news wasn’t all bad in Seattle’s loss on Saturday.
The Seahawks’ defense looked decent, holding Adrian Peterson to a paltry 16 yards on six carries.
Only when the third stringers came into the game did holes open up; Tristan Davis’ 35-yard, game-clinching touchdown run came with just over two minutes to play.