That’s the question I posed to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll this week. And of course, Carroll had his quarterback’s back, saying he believed that Jackson could be the quarterback that could lead Seattle long term.
“I’m looking at it that way, yeah,” Carroll said. “I think I’m probably more appreciative than (reporters) at this time because we haven’t won enough games to make you excited about it. But I’m seeing the things that he’s able to do that gives us a chance to run an offense like we like to run it and he’s added to what we thought we could do by growing with him and learning about it.
“We’ve got a lot of games now. Hopefully we can keep him going and keep him healthy until we really get a great gauge on him, but he’s got a lot of games to prove it and show his value. I don’t see any reason not to think that he can’t make a lot of stuff happen over a long period of time.”
What else is Carroll supposed to say, right? He has to publicly support his quarterback. That said, if Jackson continues to perform well, I do believe he will be part of the conversation moving forward.
But as Seattle general manager John Schneider was groomed to do in Green Bay, and as Carroll did when he was at USC, the Seahawks will continue to make the quarterback room as competitive as possible, which means there’s a strong possibility the Seahawks take a quarterback early in next year’s draft.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides this report from Thursday’s practice.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson at No. 6 overall in his latest mock draft.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. previews that Seahawks-Cowboys matchup. You must be an ESPN Insider to view it. He likes Dallas 27-13.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that A.J. Green was diplomatic in responding to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman that he was a lot of noise talking and bad routes.
Green: “I don’t even pay attention to that stuff. People are going to talk. He had a good game and he’s a good player,” said Green. “Between the lines I’m going to talk. If you’re going to talk to me I’m going to talk to you but once it’s over I’m going to leave that there. You’ve got to leave it on the field and don’t hold no grudges… I talk every day but once that whistle blows and the fourth quarter is over it’s back to normal.”
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seahawks-Cowboys game in the video below.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Dallas linebacker Sean Lee has been fitted for a cast for his dislocated wrist, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll play.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that if kickers have made 45 of 63 field goals of at least 50 yards or more (71.4 percent), which would be the highest number and percentage of 50-plus field goals in league history if it continues at that pace.