Matt Hasselbeck was a fan favorite in Seattle and whoever the Seahawks decided to replace him with was going to have decent-sized shoes to fill. During his 10 seasons in Seattle he compiled a regular season record of 69-62 as a starter, was a 3-time Pro Bowler, is the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, and led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL. After leading Seattle to a win against the St. Louis Rams in week 17 last year to clinch the NFC West some thought Charlie Whitehurst would be Hasselbeck’s successor. That idea ended when Seattle signed Tarvaris Jackson and Pete Carroll named him the starter.
So far this season Jackson hasn’t played the way Carroll, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Seahawks fans would like to see. The Seahawks offense has struggled as a result. Seattle is 27th in points per game (15.6), 24th in passing yards per game (206.3), and 29th in first downs per game (16.1). Tarvaris has a QB rating of 78.5 with 1,335 yards, 6 TDs, and 6 INT’s in 6 games. While there’s plenty of blame to go around for the team’s lackluster offense to this point Jackson appears to have no problems accepting his share.
“We’re a 2-5 team, and a quarterback’s (job) is to help the team win as much as possible,” Jackson told The Seattle Times. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but 2-5 is failing. So I guess I got an F right now.”
To be fair, Charlie Whitehurst hasn’t been any better when he’s had a chance to play this year either. In 3 games he has a quarterback rating of 62.9 and has only completed 48% of his passes. The rushing attack is next-to-last at 77.7 yards per game (Tennessee is last, just like we all thought before the season). The offensive line hasn’t played particularly well either, Jackson has been sacked 20 times (5th most).
Tarvaris is currently listed as probable on this week’s injury report with a strained pectoral muscle and is expected to play against Dallas. The Seahawks have 9 games left and while San Francisco would have to try to lose the division at this point there is still time for Jackson to rebound and make something of the season. Or he can continue to show why the Vikings no longer required his services.
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