Seattle Seahawks Preseason: Tavaris Jackson Replacing Brady Quinn as No. 2 QB Proving Huge

Tavaris Jackson

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The Seattle Seahawks entered June of this offseason with a rather terrifying scenario if Russell Wilson were to miss any games. Brady Quinn had proven time and again that not only is the bust label deserved — 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and 20 NFL starts — but also lacks the mobility that you’d like to have in backing up a player like Wilson.

Fortunately, the Buffalo Bills‘ cut would become the Seahawks’ treasure, as Jackson headed back to the Pacific Northwest this offseason to rejoin his former squad. This was already a great move before Seattle’s 31-10 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday and it became even more obvious when Jackson spelled Wilson to lead three touchdown drives in under two quarters.

Granted, this came against plenty of players that will sit on the bench come regular season, but it’s still going in the montage over the past three offseasons; the one with of reasons to tip your cap to ‘Hawks general manager John Schneider. For the night Jackson went 8-for-9, 128 yards and 2 touchdowns passing.

Jackson’s stint with the Seahawks ended following the 2011 season but he and Coach Pete Carroll did not part on bad terms, and Jackson was far from terrible considering where Seattle was as a team during that period.

“I think it’s a great boost for us in a competitive sense,” Carroll said after the Jackson signing, via the team website. “We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us. … We’re seizing the opportunity that one of our guys is out there and we can bring him back in. And he’ll be able to help us.”

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  • Trakar

    I’m not sure that Jackson is any (at all) better in physical and football skills, but I do know that Jackson isn’t the second smartest (even if we are talking football IQ) currently on the Seahawk’s roster. He is more familiar with Bevell’s (and Pete’s) old playbook and that is the only edge he seems to hold at this time. Whether or not that remains true throughout the rest of the preseason,…we’ll have to wait and see, but by the end of camp there may be other options available, or perhaps Quinn would be willing to sit on the practice squad for a while. I know what Quinn’s history is, but I’m not convinced that it is beyond correction, especially in a talented offense, under the leadership of a talented coaching staff.

    • PaxMentis

      Quinn has too much roster time to be qualified for a practice squad by NFL rules.

      Jackson has the respect and confidence of the team that Quinn does not have…in addition to more gametime ability than Quinn has shown.

      • Trakar

        I was not sure of practice squad limitations, that is unfortunate, best we can hope is that nothing happens to Wilson, because Jackson is not a viable replacement, especially against quality teams and schemes, which stack up the Seattle schedule this season. Jackson’s ceiling is known and low, he simply isn’t very smart and it shows. I’m not saying that Quinn is an adequate answer to our backup needs, merely that his ceiling appears higher, with the proper supporting cast. This is an area of major concern going forward, neither Jackson nor Quinn viable replacements for Wilson. Quinn might be a longer term solution if he were more familiar with the system and had time to grow into it. Jackson might be more than temporary patch replacement if someone develops a successful brain transplant procedure. Doesn’t look like either is likely to happen, so we are left praying that nothing impactful happens to Wilson for the next 6 months.