My guess is that nobody who cashes a paycheck from the Seattle Seahawks has told Tarvaris Jackson that he's only warming a seat for Andrew Luck. Or maybe they have told him and the behind-closed-doors business of pro football is colder than I thought.
Either way, this week's free-agency activity in Seattle—i.e., the team's decision to let longtime starting QB Matt Hasselbeck leave before signing former Minnesota backup QB Tarvaris Jackson—gives most observers the impression that the Seahawks are basically sacrificing next season to set themselves up to draft a real franchise quarterback in 2012.
Depending on how you feel about the new guy, that sacrifice ranges from maintaining status quo as a mediocre 7-9 team to blatant tanking like the Cleveland Cavaliers did when they wanted to land LeBron James in the NBA Draft.
Count me among the minority who believes Jackson is better than that.
Assuming that he beats Charlie Whitehurst and whoever else Seattle adds to its roster in the training camp QB competition, Jackson is good enough to lead the Seahawks to a second straight NFC West title. He might even mess around and finish with a .500 record.
Here are five reasons why Jackson will get the job done: