As the Seattle Seahawks head to Dallas this weekend for their matchup against the Cowboys, it seems quarterback Tarvaris Jackson wanted to offer some perspective on his performance so far this season, as reported in the Seattle Times.
"We're a 2-5 team, and a quarterback's (job) is to help the team win as much as possible," Jackson said. "We've still got a lot of work to do, but 2-5 is failing. So I guess I got an F right now."
In some respect, it's refreshing to hear someone be so candid given the 'Hawks current situation. Following several weeks of improved play, the team has been stuck in neutral offensively with Charlie Whitehurst pitching in relief of an injured Jackson the past two weeks.
The team that only a few weeks earlier inched toward respectability oddly needs Jackson to start on Sunday, not so much to salvage the season but to give everyone an idea of what the 'Hawks have beyond this year.
At present, both the playoffs and the No. 1 pick seem equidistant with the Seahawks nestled in limbo, given that Miami and Indianapolis are leading the "Suck for Luck" competition and San Francisco is firmly in control of the NFC West.
It would take an extraordinary effort by Seattle and a few lucky (no pun intended) bounces to get either a division title or a draft pick in range of the elite quarterback prospects like Stanford's Andrew Luck, USC's Matt Barkley or Oklahoma's Landry Jones.
So, what does that leave for the second half?
Essentially, a team with a respectable defense, a sputtering offense and a coach that talks in circles.
As usual, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll offered few insights discussing Jackson's performance and how it could project moving forward.
I'm seeing the things that he's able to do that gives us a chance to run an offense like we like to run it, and he's added to what we thought we could do by growing with him and learning about it. We've got a lot of games now.
Hopefully we can keep him going and keep him healthy until we really get a great gauge on him, but he's got a lot of games to prove it and show his value. I don't see any reason not to think that he can't make a lot of stuff happen over a long period of time.
Translation, "I have no idea how the next several weeks are going to turn out, but Tarvaris will be starting provided he's healthy."
Credit Jackson for cutting to the chase. "My whole thing is I'm always about wins. That's what I really pride myself in, and that's what all quarterbacks should be judged on. That's what I want to be judged on, so right now 2-5 is not going to get the job done," he said.
For Jackson, taking ownership of the team's performance is a strong sign of leadership, which is ideal for a quarterback. That makes him a somewhat sympathetic figure in this case, yet the situation is almost akin to someone serving a really lackluster Thanksgiving dinner and then apologizing midway before serving dessert.
Perhaps the words ring hollow as it doesn't change anything necessarily, but you could have someone far worse running your offense this season and, for that matter, potentially helping tutor/mentor your next franchise signal caller down the road.
In terms of grades, I'd say Jackson's performance is an "incomplete" or a C-, for anyone scoring from home. The next few weeks will be telling as to whether things will improve, but for now let's hope what Jackson can cook up is at least half decent with the hopes this season can be salvaged.