Will Seahawks be next to dump on Tarvaris Jackson?
It was interesting to hear the buzz come out of Seattle that the Minnesota Vikings had dumped on Tarvaris Jackson, never allowing the young quarterback to develop for them.
Now, you have to wonder if the Seahawks will be critical themselves of their quickly anointed starter.
Coach Pete Carroll didn’t waste any time, naming Jackson his starting quarterback early in training camp. The newcomer was a dud Saturday night in the second preseason game, getting worked over by his former team. The Seahawks were shut out in the first half of a 20-7 loss at CenturyLink Field.
Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst performed well for the second consecutive week, but Carroll isn’t close to making a change. Or at least that is what he said after the game.
“I'm not in that mindset at all," Carroll said, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. "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."
Whitehurst completed 10 of 11 passes for 79 yards on the Seahawks’ only scoring drive of the game. Jackson, who was scrambling for safety at times, was 11 for 21 for 75 yards and a ball that Golden Tate should have caught was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
The Seahawks latched on to Jackson quickly. New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell worked with him in Minnesota. But the Seahawks should proceed carefully if they believe he’s the answer to their problems at the position. Another big outing by Whitehurst and Carroll might have to re-think things. The Seahawks also might want to be careful next time they’re considering criticizing the Vikings.
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