Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle offers his impressions of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson after watching this week’s OTA practice open to the media on Wednesday.
Huard came away from Wednesday’s practice feeling the same way he felt about Jackson last year – a talented thrower with a strong arm that still makes the same mistakes that a seven-year veteran in the league should not make.
Huard: First and foremost, on a day where Tarvaris Jackson took a majority of the reps with the starters, it has become clear that Jackson peaked in his third year in the league and has not been able to rise from that plateau. He may be very well-liked and even more respected, but the inconsistency of his game as he enters his seventh year in the same system is maddening.
One play he shows the zip to fire an option route into a very tight window; the next play he throws an errant interception to a safety sitting right over the top of a downfield post route. One play he effortlessly zings a deep in-cut 25 yards on a rope; the next play he sits under center for an inappropriate amount of time, misses the check and leaves his offensive coordinator with his hands on his hips.
It is hard to imagine Jackson as anything more than a journeyman backup, and at $4.5 million in base salary scheduled for 2012, I’d be willing to bet that in August he’ll get the Leroy Hill/Sean Locklear/Marcus Trufant treatment: renegotiate, or else.
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders compares Jackson to American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and says he could win the starting job by default.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a closer look at the Seahawks’ shift in focus in the team’s free agent acquisitions. Tim Ruskell tended to bring in older guys at the twilight of their careers, while John Schneider has focuses on younger guys heading into their second deals. The two organizations were at different points as well. Ruskell was trying to find veteran players who could put Seattle over the top, while Schneider is looking for long-term fixes that will develop with a younger roster. Schneider also has tended to give players shorter deals.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with Breno Giacomini, who gushes over the play of rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Blog writes that the Washington Redskins are the latest team to adopt the 12th Man slogan.
David Leon Moore and Erik Brady of USA Today talked to more than 50 of Junior Seau’s family, friends and neighbors in trying to piece together the legendary linebacker’s final days. They report that Seau’s final days were filled with sleepless nights.
Mark Ross of Athalon Sports takes a closer look at Seattle’s 2012 schedule.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers have hired former Seahawks assistant director of college scouting Eric Stokes as the team’s director of college scouting.