This year there won’t be a battle at the starting quarterback position; the Seattle Seahawks have their starting quarterback in Russell Wilson. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a quarterback battle.
The Seahawks still need a backup quarterback. At the moment, Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn are candidates to satisfy the Wilson insurance policy. Neither of these players are particularly dynamic choices, but the general hope is that Wilson is not going to get hurt.
Backup quarterback is a funny job in the NFL. It is arguably the least-noticed position until the starter gets hurt. Then, the team had better have a good option.
Conventional wisdom is that Jackson will win the backup job and that Seattle won’t carry three QBs. Since “T-Jack” is the former starter in Seattle, he has familiarity with the system and many of the players. In addition, he has also experienced more success than Quinn.
The question is whether Jackson will accept his role. In a recent story about Jackson, the title was “Frustrated Jackson will ‘do my job, collect my check.” Jackson did say that, but there is more to Jackson’s statement.
He also said:
“I found out the hard way, it’s a business,” he said. “It had always been football first for me, but now it’s kind of shown me the business part of the NFL. That’s what I signed up for, so I can’t really complain. I just have to do my job, collect my check and keep this going the best I can.”
Therefore, Jackson is here for a paycheck, but there also seems to be a realization that roles have to be played. He can certainly show that he is ready to lead the team to victory. But at the moment, the ‘Hawks need a competent backup. They don’t need someone to challenge Wilson for his job unless the young QB really starts to falter.
Pete Carroll obviously wants a motivated Jackson and a guy who believes that he has the skills to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. However, he also needs someone who is going to be team player.
Jackson still needs to win the job. If he does, the ‘Hawks will be counting on him to fill the role, even if that includes a lot of standing around during the game.