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Morning links: Is Jackson the long-term answer at QB?

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:18 am with 12 Comments »
November 4, 2011 7:18 am
Seattle Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson in action against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Is Tarvaris Jackson the quarterback of the future?

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 provides this report from Thursday’s practice.

Rob Rang of 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.

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  1. HawkfaninMT says:

    I am a bit of a draftnik so that was the first link I clicked. In both cases Robert Griffin III fell out of the first round. If I knew the Hawks would get him in the 2nd “for sure” I would have no problem with them taking Richardson, Couples, or Blackmon… Any of those three combined with Griffin in the first 2 picks would be a success in my book.

    Couples 1st
    Griffin 2nd
    Polk 3rd

    Havent done too much looking at the draft yet (Week 9) But at first blush that looks pretty nice to me

  2. Is Tarvaris Jackson the quarterback of the future?


  3. Polk going to be a 2nd rounder, possibly late 1st, but it would be awesome if the Hawks could nab him, that dude is a beast, never loses yards or runs out of bounds. We got to get a QB and a DE for real though.

  4. If TJ plays really well the rest of the season, then the Seahawks can draft a QB with their second round pick. If TJ doesn’t play that well, then the Seahawks should take a QB with their first round pick. A RB is a luxury for this team, in my opinion. I wouldn’t use a first round pick for a RB. I would use it for a great pass-rusher.

  5. SeahawkFan12 says:

    COME ON! Are you freaking serious? NO… TARVARIS JACKSON IS NOT—NOT—THE LONG TERM ANSWER AT QB FOR THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS! He had ONE solid sound byte from an interview where displayed some leadership. He’s done ‘okay’ on the field. Either Carroll is a tremendous poker player or is really good about hiding his drug problem. There is no freaking way Jackson is the long term solution. Ridiculous notion.

  6. mocarob says:

    Seahawkfan, You realize Eric posted that question to keep things topical here on the blog.. It’s a legit question but I’m sure he knew the kind of answers he’d get. Yours being a perfect example. (freaking out)

  7. I havent commented in ages, but I have been keeping up. I think Seattle–and T-Jack–were on the brink of putting it together after the Giants game. T-Jacks injury, followed by injuries to Max Unger, Zack Miller, and Lynch pretty much ruined all the teams momentum . Add to that losing Tru AND Thurmond, and the various dings and dents most players are playing through, and it isnt so surprising that the team has literally fallen apart.(How many teams–especially ones this young–can survive losing thier starting qb, C, RB, and two of thier top 3 CB’s?!).

    As for T-Jack being the long-term starter, I think that question is premature at best. Seattle was only hoping he could hold down the fort for a year or two and be respectable. Once they made the decision to gut the line and start over young, and consequently chose to move on from Hass, T-Jack was and still is the best chance they have to win. Not only that, if he plays decent this year and next, it gives Seattle the flexibility they want not to have to reach for a needed position in the next draft. Say Luck returns to school, and the qb we like best isnt there for less than a kings ransom? If T-Jack plays well this year, it wouldnt be a disaster to pick a stud T, RB, CB or DE/DT in the first, and perhaps trade up in the 2013 draft to get our man. Or even 2014 if T-Jacks play exceeds all expectations.

    I know, waiting for the heir apparent to Hass to join the team isnt my first choice either. But its a damn sight better than reaching desperately and ending up with another Stouffer/McGwire/Mirer, dont you think?

  8. And Jackson hasnt played badly at all. Especially when he has a (mostly) healthy line and WR’s surrounding him. In fact, he’s played very well at times. Bevell’s playcalling has been driving me nuts, but I have noticed that when the teams starters are healthy, and the offense is executing well, Bevell is a lot more likely to call a more aggressive gameplan, and is more adaptive. When the offense is dinged up, and the young guys are playing sloppy, he gets conservative–which is idiotic and doesnt work, but its what he does (shades of Holmy?!).

    IMO, if we can get most of our offense healthy and executing at a normal level (less than 8 penalties a game), I think you will see T-Jack improve more and more. While he surely isnt Tom Brady or the new improved Mike Vick, I dont think he’s the pile of garbage incapable of improving and growing that so many (Dukeshire I’m talking to you!) have labeled him.

    And I have been thoroughly impressed with his toughness, competitiveness, and his leadership. This is his team now, no doubt about it, and he is saying all the right things. I have to say, Im really starting to pull for the guy.

    Jackson started the season playing tentatively, and has avoided making the dumb mistakes–like second down interceptions–that Hass is still famous for. But lately he has been drilling the ball into tighter windows, taking more chances, and still has kept the dumb plays to a minimum. And he takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. With our hideously porous line, thats a victory in itself.

    And we find out he’s been calling most of the plays when they are in the no-huddle, and its pretty obvious to me T-Jack is a better playcaller than Bevell.

    There are a lot of games left this season, and likely all next year to evaluate Jackson. Im inclined to give him the rest of the year and into next seaons tenth game to show what he can do. The same that was given Hasselbeck, whom I HATED at first but ended up loving.

  9. hawkfan777 says:

    I dont think the Hawks will be picking #6 but I would be pretty excited about them getting Landry Jones. He is awesome! I would however be pretty disappointed if they were to get a running back with the #6 pick.

  10. Better than expected/advertised? Yes.

    Long term answer? No.

    My pipe dream envisions signing Matt Flynn in free agency and drafting Matt Kalil.

    Kalil is going to go pretty high and I don’t know if we’ll have a low enough pick to get him. Still, it’s my pipe dream and I can dream however I want whether you argree with it or not.

    LT Okung (or Kalil)
    LG Carpenter
    C Unger
    RG Moffitt
    RT Kalil (or Okung)

    That’s a group that would spend a minimum of 5 years together.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    @stbbm: I think it is BobbyK who you are reffering to that said T-Jack was going to be horrible here. Even he, I think, has softened his stance a bit on the matter.

    Just an FYI

  12. He’s been better than advertised… yes. But just b/c we have shit doesn’t mean I think it’s worse than diahhreah.

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