Fight To The Death
Going into the week one preseason match up between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers, an important position battle is on the line that has gotten very little media play.
What happens if Russell Wilson goes down?
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, and an offensive attack that can lead to a few hits on the franchise quarterback, the need to have a solid number two behind Wilson is paramount. However, of all the camp battles, no one seems to be taking much about the backup QB position.
Is it just wishful thinking that Wilson will never miss any time, or is the position battle over before it has even gotten started?
For many in the Seattle area, the QB2 slot seems to be already decided, with Tarvaris Jackson having it locked down.
With the mobile aspects to his game and familiarity with many of the people in the Seattle locker room, he seems like a natural fit to win the back up role.
Add in the fact that if Jackson could win seven games with the 2011 version of the Seahawks, surely he could do better than that if needed with the 2013 version.
What seems to be lost in the discussion is the fact we are talking about Tarvaris Jackson, the same player who could not break 3rd string on a horrible Buffalo Bills team last year.
His competition is Brady Quinn. On his fourth team in seven years, Quinn has had very limited success in the league. His first three seasons were spent playing for a woeful Cleveland Browns team, then he had to battle Tebowmania in Denver, only to land on the worst team in the NFL last year, the Kansas City Chiefs.
People seem to forget Quinn was a standout QB running a pro-ready offense at Notre Dame, and despite his lack of NFL success, still has all the qualities that made him so highly touted in the first place.
In fact, Quinn could be considered a better QB now than he was once he came into the league in 2007, because of his added experience reading defenses. So in all fairness, if we wonder how much better Jackson should do with a Super Bowl caliber, 2013 Seattle Seahawks team, should we also ask ourselves what Quinn could do with them?
Tonight’s first preseason game versus the Chargers will take the first step in answering that very question. Both QBs should get plenty of time to show what they can do.
Given the fact that San Diego is not very deep on the back-end, both Jackson and Quinn should be able to move the ball successfully.
In my opinion, Quinn will out perform Jackson and ultimately win the backup role.
Locker room equity only goes so far when it comes to winning NFL games. And while Jackson may have a similar style to Wilson, he does not have his decision making or overall talent.
Depth charts are written in pencil in the preseason, but come week one, look for Quinn’s name to be the one written in ink.