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Morning links: Pocket closes quick for Jackson

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 29, 2011 at 8:46 am with 16 Comments »
August 29, 2011 8:46 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. (AP file photo)

My story today goes into more detail on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s struggles in the passing game. Specifically, Jackson hasn’t had much time to throw, partly by design because head coach Pete Carroll has used preseason play to evaluate his offensive line by putting the young tackles out on an island.

Jackson’s performance has been forgettable so far in exhibition play. He’s completed 27 of 48 passes (56.2 percent) for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Seahawks have given up eight sacks in three games, tied for eighth worst overall.

Jackson’s 62.9 passer rating is worst among starting quarterbacks not named Andy Dalton and Cam Newton (both rookies). His lowly 3.8 yards per pass attempt is the worst among quarterbacks who qualify in that statistic.

The 28-year-old signal caller has taken several big hits because of breakdowns in pass protection, but he has chosen not to use his running ability to get out of trouble. Instead, he has stood tall in the pocket with the hope that one of his big receivers – Mike Williams or Sidney Rice – springs open down field.

Nate Davis of USA Today provides some more perspective on the struggles of Seattle’s offensive line, talking to offensive line coach Tom Cable.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that receiver Doug Baldwin continues to make his case for making the team, with the latest big play his 105-yard kick return against Denver.

Legendary Seahawks Walter Jones recently threw out the first pitch at a Mariner’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Check out the video below.

August 26, 2011 - Walter Jones at Safeco Field from Seattle Seahawks on Vimeo.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times tells us what we learned from the Seahawks’ loss at Denver.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at Seattle and San Francisco’s offensive line. Both are struggling with pass protection.

According to this NFC Whispers column, third string quarterback Josh Portis remains a sleeper quarterback prospect in Seattle.

Greg Cosell of NFL Films believes Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is more of a sub-package player.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald projects final roster cuts for the Seahawks for CBS Sports.

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  1. I don’t want Ruskell, Holmgren, Mora, Ferguson…no part of the old regime whatsoever. Young lines take time to develop but pay big dividends down the road. All you haters are too short sighted in the hyper media social world that we live in today.

    No off season OTA’s, a shortened training camp, new faces in new places…I just don’t get how expectations get so unrealistic so quickly.

    Look at the roster right now. We have more talent and youth than I can recall in my lifetime as a Seahawk fan.

    I do want to see what Charlie looks like with the 1st unit, but I’m sure the coaching staff and front office know what they’re doing a lot more than the blowhards here that think we can just trade everybody for somebody else.

    Patience…we’ll get there. We might not see it until the middle of the season, but like many others, I’m willing to wait.


  2. Kelly Jennings beats out Jeron Johnson & Mark LeGree?

  3. chuck_easton says:


    Yes he does. Jennings is a vet with several years of starting experience. Trufant, Jennings, and Bigby give the DB’s veteran leadership and guidance to the kids.

    Johnson and LeGree have not shown enough to be included with the kids YET. I fully expect one or both to be on the PS and back next season with a little more knowledge about how to perform in the NFL.

  4. The Cowboys just cut C Andre Gerode, He could be a very good pick-up for us!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Johnson and LeGree are safeties. That has little if anything to do with Jennings.

  6. Gerode would be the starter and Unger the back-up. Seems doubtful. Gerode is 33 and will want to sign with a superbowl contender, which isn’t us. He’s also not going to be the long-term answer at center.

  7. Audible,
    Gerode is 2 yr’s older than Gallery, but Gerode ia 5 time Pro-Bowl Center!

  8. williambryan says:

    why did they cut him then?

    Also, I dont know what NFL films is watching, but Chancellor has been a difference maker this pre season. I want him on the field as much as possible.

  9. chuck_easton says:


    33 years old. That tells you right there why it isn’t going to happen. Team is getting YOUNGER not OLDER.

    We are not a Center away from contending. I know it stinks from a fan standpoint but we are just going to have to suffer along as the kids get the on the job training.

  10. chuck_easton says:

    The Cowboys cut Gerode because (and stop me if this sounds alot like Lofa) Gerode is due to make 5.5 million this season, refused a paycut, and the team has a younger, cheaper guy on the roster that can take over.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Haven’t you been reading the blog lately? Carroll and Bevell are on the hot seat! You’re reasonable and forward thinking post is unwelcome here.

  12. Hasslebeck has it made with Tenn it seems as he isn’t getting dumped every time he drops backs to pass…he’d be in a wheelchair here…go figure

  13. Kelly Jennings has just been traded for DT Clinton McDonald from The Bungles, these guys are really cleaning house with the Ruskell guys, are there anyone left when next season begins? lol.

  14. That’s good news for Browner and Maxwell.

  15. JoeinKirkland says:

    And good news for Jeron Johnson too.

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