Sea-Questions: Are the Seahawks better off with Tarvaris Jackson on the roster?

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.

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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.

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  • Short answer to the title: NO!
    Tarvaris should not be kept around as a backup because if Flynn happens to struggle, even just a little, the guys that support Jackson could split the locker room. I fully expect Tarvaris to be released because I believe that we could get equal or better production from Wilson. I have seen more than enough from Tarvaris in Seattle to warrant my opinion. Jump passes, holding the ball way too long, throwing the ball away on 4th down, looking totally lost in the pocket and only throwing to the right side of the field are the exact same things he did as a rookie…SEVEN years ago. If we’re going to see rookie mistakes, let’s see them from an actual rookie and let someone else deal with Tarvaris.

  • While Wilson is intriguing, we still have to remember that he is a rookie, and would he be a better back up than Jackson if thrust into play? Remember, last year Colt McCoy was the MVP of the preseason, compelting 60.9% of his passes, throwing for 4 touchdowns, and having a 101.7 rating, and people thought he would become a Pro Bowler, and now, there’s no guarantee he will be in Cleveland much longer. While there is reason for excitement on Wilson, I would have to strongly caution that training camp, and pre-season will not necessarily tell you all you need to know about a rookie, and hasty decisions should not be made in July. He may benefit from a year of being the number three quarterback. For the record, I think it’s an upset if Flynn isn’t starting in Week 1.

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