NFL Preseason: Tarvaris Jackson Must Earn Seahawks' Starting Role
The Seattle Seahawks made a lot of changes this offseason, but the most questionable change that was made was dumping Matt Hasselbeck in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.
Head coach Pete Carroll did not want to rest on his laurels and come back this season with the same 7-9 team that won the NFC west last year, which is still hard to believe. He thought it would be best to get rid of long-time Seahawks quarterback and Seattle sports icon Matt Hasselbeck.
While that move is justifiable because of Hasselbeck's age, declining performance and injury history, the man that was brought in to replace him is hardly justifiable.
Jackson had some hype behind him coming out of college because he was an athletic quarterback who could run and had arm strength.
But it became abundantly clear when he stepped on an NFL field that he has no clue how to run an offense or read a defense.
He has been handed the keys to the car in Seattle and his first test will come against the San Diego Chargers in preseason action tonight. If he doesn't look good in limited action, which he likely won't because the Chargers have a good defense, those questions that everyone had before are going to get louder.
Carroll has constructed a very strange roster of talent; it seems more like he wants to fill it with good college players than guys with a lot of NFL potential and upside.
Jackson has done nothing to earn a starting job in the NFL, but he has been given another chance for reasons unknown.
Because the NFC west is so bad, Seattle can get away with having a bad quarterback and compete for the division.
But if this team really wants to build towards a championship, the Seahawks will have to see marked improvement from Jackson tonight and as the preseason goes on.
Otherwise, it is going to be a long winter in the Pacific Northwest. Give Carroll credit for taking a chance, but it is one that is destined to blow up in his face.
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