Seattle Seahawks 2012: Why Tavaris Jackson Should Be the Week 1 Starter

Josh SteinContributor IIIMay 16, 2012

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Quarterback controversy has been the most talked about topic for the Seahawks recently, with Pete Carroll even declaring Russell Wilson as a viable option to take the starting role this year from the favorite, Matt Flynn.

But this article is here to describe why Tarvaris Jackson, last years starter, should be the starter for week 1.

I know this idea may seem very farfetched and the comments will be filled with criticism, but Jackson starting in the opener is the smartest choice for Pete Carroll.

Even though he didn't have a stellar year compared to other quarterbacks in the league, Jackson had the best year of his career, finishing with 3,091 yards passing, throwing 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also showed a great grasp of the playbook and achieved some success while playing with a strained pectoral.

Starting Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson right off the bat could be extremely detrimental to their growth and the transformation into the franchise player that Seattle wants from one of them. With two games total between them in the NFL, neither player will be able to right away take on the pressure without stumbling.

T-Jax is the only returning quarterback and is the only one who has had in-game experience with the roster and playbook—let alone any game experience. He has already made a great connection with Doug Baldwin and has had multiple years with Sydney Rice dating back to their Minnesota days.

These connections, along with the respect he gained in the locker room after playing through injuries last year, will allow him to play confidently from the start.

In the first week of the season, Seattle plays in Arizona against the division rival Cardinals. This match-up adds to the skepticism of starting someone besides Tarvaris.

Having one of the inexperienced, new quarterbacks make their first start for the Seahawks could be not only very harmful to the team's spirit, but it could also diminish the Flynn or Wilson's confidence which would hurt them in the long run.

The psychological effects of starting week one may be menial compared to the physical damage that the defense of the Cardinals could present to a young quarterback. Although he may have to worry about the line backers on blitzes, the real harm could come from dominant defensive linemen Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.

They may or may not get in a young quarterback's head, but they would definitely get in the pocket and put a beating on him.

I know this idea seems crazy, but when you look closely, it looks to be the best option. Don't get me wrong, this is only the answer for a week or two (although having the next quarterback start week three on Monday night against the Packers wouldn't be very smart either). Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson can fight to be the quarterback of the future in Seattle, but the Seahawks should ease them into it by giving Tarvaris Jackson the nod in week 1.