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This is the first of four pieces where Bob Kaupang offers his opinion on the quarterback options for the Seahawks.
By Bob Kaupang
Can the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl with Tarvaris Jackson as its starting quarterback? While the odds are against it, the stars seem to be aligning to make this once laughable opinion a potential reality.
This team is being built to win it all with a quarterback like Jackson. All Seahawk fans realize that nobody is going to confuse him for Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees.
However, if quarterback greatness ensured Super Bowl victories, there’s no way Mark Rypien would have a Super Bowl ring, and the same cannot be said for Dan Marino. Sure, being without a franchise quarterback isn’t the blueprint you would want to use when building a Super Bowl winner, but it’s the hand we have been dealt.
So, what needs to happen to be able to win a Super Bowl with Tarvaris Jackson under center?
For starters, you need a run game so good that teams know you’re going to run and they still cannot consistently stop you. Well, thanks to Tom Cable, this is becoming a reality.
The Cable-led offensive line began to impose its will on opponents during the final months of this past season and allowed us to see just how good Marshawn Lynch can consistently be when given the chance. To top it off, this young line is only going to get better.
The Seahawks are getting close to having a dominant defense. The run defense is stout and the secondary is among the best in the NFL. They are a legitimate pass rusher away from turning the corner into being one of the elite defenses in the league.
If Jackson remains at quarterback, that means there will be more of an opportunity to acquire the pass rushing help needed to compliment Chris Clemons, as more resources will be available to get this these players via free agency, trade, or the draft.
Last, but not least, the Seahawks need improvement on special teams. While the kicking and return game has been fine, the kick and punt coverage has not. Special teams play seems like it gets overlooked too often when teams make final roster cuts, but this area can win or lose games, too.
If Mark Rypien proved anything, it’s that you can look Pro Bowl good while enjoying a career season and leading your team to a Super Bowl victory if you have a great running game, defense, and special teams. In the grand scheme of things, Mark Rypien would not have considered one of the better quarterbacks in the league in 1991 if he hadn’t been surrounded by such talented teammates and coaches.
With a dominant run game, great defense, and improved special teams play, the stars will be aligned to win it all with Tarvaris Jackson.