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“He knows the offense.”
That’s what we’ve heard over and over and f**king over.
Tarvaris Jackson was signed this offseason by Pete Carroll, John Schneider, and the Seattle Seahawks to replace Matt (sic; Matthew) Hasselbeck to be the new quarterback for a team coming off an absurd playoff berth and first round victory. Charlie Whitehurst, whom the team traded a third round pick for just a year prior and led the team to a must-win Week 17 victory over the St. Louis Rams, was left completely out of the equation.
Jackson has spent his entire career under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and thus the connection was made that bringing in a new QB1 with direct experience under the new coordinator will ease the transition, what with the lockout shortened offseason. This is a rational conclusion in the abstract. However, this is a f**king travesty in reality and if I hear it one more time, I’m going to burn out my retinas watching the replays of the first two preseason games.
The problem is, you know, I’ve seen Tarvaris Jackson play. In fact, I’ve seen him play all five years of his career. All five of those, Bevell was his coordinator. And you know what? Tarvaris Jackson isn’t good. I don’t care that he knows the offense if he can’t play the position of quarterback at a fundamental level. You could send Nate Robinson to Hakeem Olajuwon to learn the Dream Shake, the Sky Hook, and a plethora of low post moves and I still wouldn’t want him playing center for my team. Nate can’t be tall. And Tarvaris can’t pass.
Now, while I understand the offensive line is in full rebuild and looks susceptible at best, Hasselbeck and his injury history would not have been a good cocktail. And honestly, a mobile quarterback is probably a good idea, but why would opposing defenses respect the pass in any situation against Jackson? London’s got nothing on the blitz the Seahawks are about to see. Whitehurst’s performances in the first two preseason games have shown the promise that Carroll and Schneider saw when they traded for him, promise that has Seahawks fans clamoring for him to be given a real shot at the starting job.
If that wasn’t troubling enough, what is even more strange and maddening is Pete Carroll’s sudden change of philosophy.
The King of “Competition,” who demanded last year and throughout his college tenure that his players must compete everyday for their status as starters and throughout the depth chart, has suddenly bequeathed Jackson the starter without any ability for Whitehurst to overtake. It doesn’t make any sense and is totally out of character for someone who prizes a meritocracy within his teams.
Jackson doesn’t merit taking the clipboard from Clipboard Jesus at this point. Yet, here we are. Three weeks from the beginning of the season and Carroll has made his decision on zero relevant game action. It would appear that the ego we’ve heard so much about has landed. Carroll chased out an admittedly aging franchise quarterback and replaced him with someone he prematurely cemented as a starter and is unwilling or, perhaps more frightening, is unable to demote.
This is not how you Win Forever.