The hypothetical off-season carousal of the Seahawks quarterbacks just won’t stop.
Speculation has started with incumbent starter Hasselbeck continuing his decade long reign as the Hawks signal caller, and has split into multiple paths that lead to names such as Kevin Kolb, Carson Palmer, even Matt Leinart.
Yet, a few days ago John Clayton threw out a name so ridiculous that it actually makes a ridiculous amount of sense: Tarvaris Jackson.
Clayton advised 12th man nation to run away and scream.
With all due respect to the professor, why?
Unless Carroll and Schneider decide to sell the farm in order to play Russian Roullette with the unproven Kevin Kolb the Seahawks aren’t going to get their future and aren’t going to get the horse that we will ride into the next decade and beyond.
Is a first and third round pick worth it for a Quarterback whose ceiling is probably at the Eli Manning echelon? No thanks.
It all depends on where you stand on where the Seahawks are as an organization today. Surely, Pete Carroll has spouted his ‘Win Forever’ rhetoric so often that he has actually rationalized it into reality. And when Free Agency finally starts the Seahawks don’t have any reason not to spend the $30 Million of cap room they have, besides, the CBA will probably dictate that they have to.
If Carroll believes that a first place, AFC North/NFC East schedule year is the time for the Seahawks to build off a 7-9 division championship and try to win now, then Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer is the road you want Seattle to take. Unfortunately it would mean the Seahawks have little to build their draft around next season, which is worrisome for a team with as many holes as the Seahawks have.
Or, you could take the rational competitive rebuilding route.
The Seahawks don’t need to blow the program up. They play in the NFC West, it’s not like they have a Colts/Patriots King to dethrone. They need to keep up with the Bradford led Rams and Harbough regime Niners. The Seahawks can continue to be competitive and god forbid even defend their division title while still making the appropriate moves to both build for and not mortgage the future.
So enter Tarvaris Jackson. Here is your hypothetical situation in which Jackson ends up in Seattle.
Free Agency begins, and the Seahawks fail to offer the second year with the $7+ Million that Hasselbeck will command from Seattle. He feels disrespected, the two/three day window for re-signing your own players passes, and Hass walks. Tennessee, Minnesota, Arizona come calling.
The Seahawks are now left in a predicament. They aren’t going to sell their draft for the unproven Kolb, and Mike Brown is standing firm on letting Carson Palmer stay retired.
Tarvaris Jackson is the absolute best fit at this point and time if this happens to be the case.
You’ve heard names such as Matt Leinart, Matt Moore, even Vince Young floated around as possible options in Seattle. How do any of those fit? Because Leinart played for Carroll at USC? Because Vince Young is the most talented?
Leinart played for a completely foreign offense than what is going to be run in Seattle, and I doubt that Vince has matured to a level where he will go somewhere where a starting job has to actually be earned.
Tarvaris Jackson has played in Darrell Bevell’s offense his entire career, and with the lockout shortened training camp/pre-season the Seahawks will desperately need that kind of presence around in Hasselbeck if not to return.
Jackson is an athletic, strong armed quarterback who has been reasonably healthy throughout his career, which will be an important factor considering the Seahawks will likely start two rookies on the right side of their line and a center who missed all of last season.
More importantly, Jackson will be an affordable, low risk, stop gap option at the quarterback position that will leave Seattle with a plethora of options moving forward. If Schneider plays this right, that is. Jackson is 28 years old and a six year veteran, at this point in his career he likely is what he is, especially when he’ll be surrounded by a similar offensive coaching staff.
But perhaps a change of scenery will be good. He came from a situation where the coaching staff and front office could never get on the same page when it came to his role in the organization. He came from a situation where far too much was put on his shoulders, and he never stomached the pressure. And he came from a place where his head coach played musical chairs with his starting job.
This is the only thing the Seahawks would be asking from Tarvaris Jackson, come in, know the playbook, and earn this job. Push Charlie Whitehurst, prove you’re better. This is likely one of the better opportunities Tarvaris will be granted in the league anyways.
The worst case scenario is that you pay him $3 or $4 Million to lose the job to Charlie Whitehurst and you see what that third round pick was actually worth to you. Oh well.
Middle ground is probably that his prior knowledge of the playbook wins him the job, his mobility keeps him from getting killed as Hasselbeck likely would, and the Hawks win five or six games. Not too shabby considering more young kids will see a lot of playing time and the Hawks are playing a first place and AFC North/NFC East schedule.
Best case scenario? Maybe Jackson leads you to another 7-9/8-8 division title in what will again be one of the worst divisions in the history of the league and you can continue to rebuild and win at the same time. Then you re-assess the position again at this time next year.
I’ll re-iterate that the absolute best case scenario for Seattle this off-season at the position is to retain Hasselbeck. But as this game of chicken between Matt and the Seahawks plays out in the media it’s looking more and more like the Hawks need to look at alternative solutions, and this one is as intriguing as it is logical.