The Seahawks took a big gamble on Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback after the lockout ended.
We believe Jackson has met the expectations of the Seattle coaching staff, and probably exceeded the expectations of those outside the Seahawks building. The plan, for now, is to roll with Jackson again in 2012.
“That’s where we are,” coach Pete Carroll said via Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all of the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position. But [for] T-Jack, understanding what this season has been like for him is really important.”
Jackson played through a pectoral injury to throw 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions so far. He’s above .500 as a starter (7-6) and a slightly below average NFL starter in quarterback rating and yards-per-attempt. He’s shown signs he could keep improving.
Jackson has been in the league long enough to know that nothing is guaranteed.
“That’s a vote of confidence,” Jackson said. “That’s good. But you know how fast things can change. I understand that part of the game. It’s not going to affect me, period.”
The Seahawks will be picking in the middle of the first round. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Seattle pair Jackson with a young quarterback to groom for the future.