Jan. 1, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback (7) Tarvaris Jackson drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Tarvaris Jackson Dicotomy

An interesting dicotomy is developing regarding Tarvaris Jackson. Is he a potential starter, or is he going to get cut? Is he a scrub, or a team captain? The answer to those questions depends greatly on who you ask.

Brock Huard isn’t the only one who’s being critcal of Jackson, but he is probably the most notable considering his local and ESPN ties, and his   history playing the position. According to Huard, Jackson peaked in his third year in the league, and is clearly the weakest link in the QB competition. Huard said on his bog that he believes Jackson will have to take a substantial pay cut in order to stay with the team. From my perspective, most of the fans seem to agree with Huard.

Pete Carroll and many of the players seems to be on the other side of the perspective. Doug Baldwin recently said that Jackson and Flynn are even in the competition, despite what you might have heard. Also remember that Jackson was voted by the players to be a team captain last season, so the players believe in him.

Personally, I find it interesting at how quickly things changed. during the 2011 season, Jackson was a favorite among fans. When I called him out after 3 downright awful games to start the season, my inbox was filled with hate mail telling me to lay off. As the season wore on the general vibe I was getting from the fans was that everyone wanted to see how he’d do when healthy and with a good line.

Then after the season ended, it was like Jackson suddenly said he hated puppies or something. He went from generally liked (though not loved) to persona-non-grata almost overnight. It wasn’t surprising, but it also was rather confusing.

Personally, I think the truth lies in the middle. Too often we try and make every issue back or white, when reality actually comes in an infinite number of greys. Jackson isn’t as bad as his critics say he is, and he isn’t as good or promising as his fans believe. Jackson is a lot like Billy Volek or Jason Campbell; a borderline starter, who will likely end up as one of the better backups in the league. He’s good enough that people will want to give him a chance, but not quite good enough to make the most of that chance.

I think that the Seahawks could do much worse than having Jackson at QB. I also think that they could do much better. The problem that I see is that I’m not sure that “much better” is on the roster right now. We’ll have to wait and see.

Matt Flynn might end up being an upgrade, and I very much think that he will be, but don’t fool yourself into thinking he’s the next Tom Brady.

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  • MichaelBernazzani

    “He’s good enough that people will want to give him a chance, but not quite good enough to make the most of that chance.”
    perfect 1-sentence synopsis…

  • Hawkman

    T jax has been in this Offense under the same coordinator for seven years! He still only reads half the field most of the time. He doesn’t appear to be able to digest the pre snap reads of the D. Everyone is always yaking about the O-line as do I, But last year sans the first 3 games Tjax had 1/2 second more to read and throw then Matt Hasselbeck did the year before. Matt didn’t seem to have any problem finding Mike Williams BUT Tjax thought he had the Plague. If this team ends up with Tjax as starter we will not progress much on offense. The only thing I see or hear that he is better at then Matt Flynn is the deep ball, for he does have a really strong arm. I have seen on sevearl sites where people were saying that Flynn has more arm strength than the supposed POPGUN  arm. My understanding is this Offense is supposedly a version of the WEST Coast style and if so The Joe Montana / Matt Hasselbeck arm is all that is required.I feel it is of little consequence that Tjax has had 50 starts and Matt Flynn 2. We won’t know if those 2 great starts grow into more unless he plays! That is unless we are going back to the old Raiders and it’s GO DEEP!

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Hawkman I really think that one of the problems is the offense. TJack just isn’t suited for the WCO. In a system like what they have in Pitt, I think he’d look much better. TJack has his strengths, but the mental aspect of the game isn’t one of them, and that is what is emphasized in the west coast system. 
    As for the “you never know unless he plays” thing, That isn’t actually true. This isn’t baseball. The coaches can tell what they have by watches practices. Since we don’t get to see the practices, fans don’t know, but the coaches do. No player ever looks bad in practice and then suddenly looks good on Sundays. I
    f Flynn doesn’t get a chance to start, it’s because he doesn’t deserve it. plain and simple.

  • Hawkman

     Agree  < that is why I stated the old Raider offense would be perfect for T jax. Most of the time the practice field tells you most of what you want to know but for example -Ken Stabler and Jim McMahon were bad practice players But pretty darn good on game day. My point saying that was the 50 games to 2 games deal I’ve been reading . I think that should have absolutely NO bearing on the choice, It should simply be who can function the best in THIS offense.

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Hawkman I get what you’re saying, and agree with you. I think Flynn will be better than TJack in this offense, because his skills line up much more with what this offense needs, but thats just my opinion. We wont know for sure until we get a chance to see them in live practices during camp.

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