I recently speculated the Seahawks may be interested in former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and according to multiple sources, they are.
The root of uptick in speculation is courtesy of Tom Pellissero, here’s the tweet:
“Seahawks have done due diligence on Jackson. Heard from people with other teams that would like to work with him, too — but as a backup.”
As a communications major it’s kind of my duty to decipher what something means and there’s more then meets the eye here. The last part is paused and separated from the rest of the passage, “but as a backup”. That last part of the message is implying that other teams are viewing him as a backup and that them viewing him as a backup is a different view then the Seahawks have of him.
Just when I was laughing at Redskins fans for being stuck with John Beck. I hope Pete Carroll has the brains to go into training camp with something more compelling then a Clipboard Jesus vs. Tarvaris Jackson for the starting gig. Hell, I would rather have Vince Young then Tarvaris Jackson.
Mobility is something Carroll cherishes, but that’s about all Jackson brings to the table and he leaves much to be desired as a starting quarterback. He has one string of 88 completions in 2009 that went for a 9/2 TD/INT ratio and a CMP % slightly below 60. Besides that he has a career 15/20 TD/INT ratio a CMP % below 58 and a 72.3 career QBR.
Not exactly stuff that screams “playoff run” even in the NFC West.
The more ideal scenario would be to resign Matt Hasselbeck or acquire Carson Palmer and have Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson battle it out for the No. 2 position. I just don’t see money being prohibitive when it comes to pursuing a starter and I think Pete Carroll will have truly lost his marbles if he believes Tarvaris Jackson is his answer to another NFC West title not to mention improving upon last years finish would entail an NFC Championship game berth; he is not leading us to the NFC Title game when he could even lead an Adrian Peterson/Steve Hutchinson led rushing attack past the wild card round.
I apologize if I am overtly ripping on Jackson, but I see him as a fine backup capable of giving your team a short term boost with his scrambling ability in light of an inevitable Hasselbeck injury, not a starting quarterback.