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.
My story today delves into on the Seahawks continued struggles moving the ball on offense, including this quote from Robert Gallery: “Obviously an idiot can see it’s not good enough. That’s life in the big leagues. I can say we have a young group, but that doesn’t really matter at this point. Guys have to be ready to play, and we’ve got to put a good product on the field.”
Asked why he left rookie right tackle James Carpenter out on an island to fend for himself against a speedy Von Miller, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s answer was simple.
He’s still evaluating.
“Absolutely,” Carroll said. “That’s what we’ve been saying the whole time. Let’s give him every look at every guy he can see and to try and get him as much exposure as possible. That’s a really fast group. (DE Elvis) Dumervil flies, and Von’s crazy fast coming off the edge. Those guys, they would give anybody problems.
“So it’s all a learning process and we have a lot of ground to make up quickly, and in short order. So we certainly want him to see as much as we can, and that’s why we’ve been throwing him out there and just making him have to do it. We haven’t tried to take care of him, we’ve made him have to block the protections as they’re called for and he’s learning at every turn. It’s not just him, he’s just one of the guys.”
Seattle managed just 53 yards and two first downs against Denver’s first-unit defense.
The Seahawks rushed for just 18 yards with Denver’s first-unit offense on the field.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson finished 13 of 22 for 93 yards. He was sacked five times, as Seattle offensive tackles Tyler Polumbus and James Carpenter had no answer for Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil repeatedly coming …
Seattle Seahawks players who will not suit up and play include Kelly Jennings (unknown), Marshawn Lynch (ankle), Kam Chancellor (ankle), David Hawthorne (knee), Dexter Davis (hip), Russell Okung (ankle), John Carlson (shoulder), and Pierre Allen (hamstring).
Jennings is a surprise addition to this list. He fully participated in practice this week. And Pete Carroll did not mention that Jennings was injured heading into tonight’s contest.
Jennings did sit out two days of practice a week ago due to a head injury leading up to the Minnesota game, and was initially reported as not slated to play against the Vikings. …