Ranking every Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback ever

The Seahawks have had some great, good, bad, and ugly quarterbacks over the years. Here is every starting quarterback in Seahawks history.
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10. Rick Mirer

A highly-touted prospect out of Notre Dame, Rick Mirer was the second overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Seattle, coming off a bad 1992 campaign, with a brand new head coach in Tom Flores, wanted their franchise quarterback. And Mirer looked the part.

In his rookie season, Mirer started for Seattle and immediately set multiple records. Mirer broke the rookie records for passing yards and completions, throwing for 2,833 and 12 touchdowns, as he led the Seahawks to six wins - four more than the last season. Hopes were high for the young quarterback and he looked poised to become the long-term answer at quarterback for a team who desperately needed one.

However, his rookie season was his best in Seattle. Over the next three seasons, Mirer's production would quickly decline, while the turnovers and mental mistakes started to become more prevalent. One glaring issue every fan could identify was Mirer's inability to throw to his left side, which is a serious, serious issue.

Seattle had actually put together a nice supporting cast to supplement Mirer, including running back Curt Warner and receivers Brian Blades and Joey Galloway. Unfortunately, Mirer continued to get in his own way and he could never take advantage of his young weapons.

In four seasons in Seattle, Mirer went 20-31. In 1997, the Seahawks cut their losses and traded Mirer to the Chicago Bears in exchange for draft capital. Rick Mirer did give Seattle one parting gift, however, as one of the draft picks Chicago gave up for him ultimately turned into Seahawks great Shawn Springs.

9. Tarvaris Jackson

Tarvaris Jackson was a standout quarterback at Alabama State and declared for the 2006 NFL Draft. The Minnesota Vikings selected Jackson with the final pick of the second round after trading up to get him. Jackson's NFL career got off to a slow start and when the Vikings signed Brett Favre in 2009, his tenure in Minnesota was coming to an abrupt end.

The Seahawks signed Jackson to a 2-year deal in 2011, the year Matt Hasselbeck left Seattle. Jackson was named the starter and offensive team captain. Jackson was familiar with the offense, as his former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was calling the plays in Seattle. Further, his favorite target from Minnesota, Sidney Rice, was reunited with him. In 2011, Jackson passed for over 3,000 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

However, Jackson's value truly showed when Seattle signed Matt Flynn and drafted Russell Wilson in the 2012 offseason. Jackson did not complain but competed for the starting spot, which was eventually won by Wilson. Instead of forcing his way out, he took Wilson under his wing and helped develop the rookie into one of the best quarterbacks in the league. In 2013, Jackson was able to get some playing time in Super Bowl XLVIII, as Seattle was firmly in control late in the game.

As a starter in Seattle, Jackson went 7-7 with a 60 percent completion percentage to go along with 3,242 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He was a good bridge quarterback and an even better leader and mentor to the incumbent starter, Russell Wilson.