The case for the Seahawks bringing back T-Jack

The Seahawks are set at starting quarterback, that much we know. But having Russell Wilson doesn’t mean the Seahawks don’t potentially have concerns at the position, not after trading backup Matt Flynn and signing Brady Quinn, Jerrod Johnson and the since-released Josh Portis to compete for that job.

If Wilson starts 16 games next season, the backup quarterback won’t matter, but if he’s sidelined for a start or two, how comfortable would you be with Quinn, a guy who has thrown five more interceptions than touchdowns in his career and has completed 53.8 percent of his passes, running Seattle’s offense? Maybe a fresh start with little pressure will help Quinn, but again, does a team with Super Bowl potential want to count on him for a few games if necessary? Or would you trust Johnson, who is physically talented but who has also never played a down of in the NFL?

Which brings us to the news out of Buffalo Monday, where the Bills released Tarvaris Jackson after one year with the team. Jackson, who spent the 2011 season as Seattle’s starter before being traded to Buffalo for a seventh-round pick last summer, is suddenly available, and the Seahawks just might want to add him to the competition for the backup job.

So why not T-Jack back in Seattle?

After all, he did go 7-8 as a starter in 2011 on a far inferior roster to the current one, and did so playing most of the season with a partially torn pectoral muscle that severely limited his ability to practice and throw at full strength. Could Quinn, who has inferior numbers to Jackson pretty much across the board, have done that on the 2011 team? Seems doubtful, doesn’t it?

Jackson also knows Seattle’s offense having played for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota and Seattle, and he is very well respected in Seattle’s locker room, especially for the way he toughed it out through that injury.

About the only reason giving Jackson a look wouldn’t make sense is if he is still holding onto hope that he can compete for a starting job somewhere, and therefore wouldn’t be willing to come to Seattle, where Wilson is firmly entrenched as the starter, having beaten out Flynn and, yes, Jackson for that job last year. But if Jackson is comfortable being a backup at this point, it just seems to make sense on too many levels for a Seahawks front office that likes to turn over every stone, so to speak, when it comes to improving the roster.

And don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Seattle WR Doug Baldwin had to say on twitter not long after Jackson was released:

More in Sports

Results of Cortez Kennedy’s autopsy released

Medical examiner: Former Seahawk and Pro Football Hall of Famer died of ‘congestive heart failure’

Hall-of-Fame voter says Edgar Martinez worthy of induction

The Mariner great is one of 10 players ex-Herald baseball writer Kirby Arnold voted for this year

Jr. Silvertips try to nail down league title

Everett’s 16U midget team can clinch the crown this weekend in Minnesota.

NHL wants Seattle, but is the Emerald City a hockey town?

Seattle is the biggest market in the country without a winter sports team.

‘Braveheart’ helps UW men’s basketball salvage road trip

The film rejuvenated the Huskies, who beat Colorado on Saturday after Thursday’s loss at Utah.

Monroe High’s Monique Fierke looks for the basket during drills at practice on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. Fierke is the leading scorer for the Bearcats. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Q&A with Monroe’s Monique Fierke

It didn’t take long for Monique Fierke to make a good impression… Continue reading

Monday’s prep stars of the night

Paris Smith, Cascade bowling Smith, a junior, rolled a 383 series with… Continue reading

BLOG: Fonteyne, Hart feted while Sutter and Wylie earn recognition

The Everett Silvertips didn’t skate Monday. But the organization still turned in… Continue reading

Everett Jr. Silvertips 16U standings, stats and schedule

Here’s the details about the team in first place heading into the NAPHL’s final weekend.

Most Read