Amid all the conversation on talk radio and on the comments section here, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided some clarity on who his quarterback will be next season – Tarvaris Jackson.
“Yeah, that’s where we are,” Carroll said. “We know where we are with that in that regard. Now, that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position.
“But understanding what this season has been like for him is really important. I don’t think you can look at any one thing, other than the fact that he was damaged for about six weeks in there, and just kept battling and fighting and made it though it.
“So if we put together an offseason and a nice camp again, with familiarity with the guys and everything about the system with a commitment with the running game, we know he can function with our football team. And he can make his move and do a nice job for us. But we’re going to always keep working to make it more competitive as we can at every position, and his is no different.”
Carroll went on to say that one of the things he wants to see Jackson improve on is his performance in the final minutes of games when the Seahawks are behind.
“I’d like to see him have the opportunity to win our games at the end when we need him to,” Carroll said. “We could have won three of our games on defense first if we stopped them. Then we put the offense in the situation where they had to come back to win it.
“So it’s both sides – it’s not just one guy or one aspect. But I’d like to see him come through and make some of those – take us down the field and win the game at the end. We’ve had a few chances and we haven’t got that done.”
Carroll had this to say about Earl Thomas being selected to the Pro Bowl.
“It’s a great reward for the hard work Earl puts in,” Carroll said. “Earl’s a great worker, and an intense competitor. He wants to be the best in every way, and he works at it. As a rook last year, he was trying hard, but he didn’t know how to try hard at times.
“There were a lot of times where he would put himself in bad situations and all, that he doesn’t do now.”
I also talked to Marshawn Lynch about being named as a second alternate, and Michael Robinson being named as a first alternate to the Pro Bowl.
Here’s what Lynch had to say:
“I know we would rather be getting ready to be going out here to try and play for a playoffs or wild card or something,” Lynch said. “I mean it’s cool. I just respect the honor that people are seeing in my out there. Not to be selected – it is what it is. But it’s still an honor though.”
Robinson said that after his first season with Seattle, it was the first time that he could specifically prepare for his role as a fullback heading into his second year with the Seahawks.
“Absolutely,” Robinson said. “When I left San Francisco last year after training camp I had no idea what was going on. They told me when I got here I was going to have to play fullback, and I definitely welcomed that role. But I didn’t know what I was going to be playing.”
“This is really one of the first offseasons that I knew for a fact what was my job was going to be and what my role was going to be,” Robinson said. “And I could get my body into the right physical shape to actually do it,”
As far as injuries, Carroll said the he will rest receiver Ben Obomanu and his strained knee all this week and see if he can on Sunday. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and linebacker Malcolm Smith will return from concussion that kept them out of last week’s game, and cornerback Kennard Cox will be a limited participant all week, with the hope he can play on Sunday.