The Seahawks have spent much of the last two months trying to sell Tarvaris Jackson to their fan base.
There has been a lot of talk of leadership and toughness. Early results and Matt Hasselbeck’s fine play in Tennessee haven’t helped matters.
Seahawks fans booed Jackson in the first half of the team’s home opener, which is never a great sign. Coach Pete Carroll noted that things improved from there.
“Right from the beginning, people were wondering, ‘Why would you bring him in?’ and there were those kinds of questions. He’s not wavered by it at all and I’m not either,” Carroll said Monday. “But it’s going to take some time before everybody gets comfortable and sees what he’s all about. I think they didn’t boo him in the second half.
“I think the second half was OK. I think when he showed how tough he is and the competitor that he is and the plays that he can make and all that … he’s got to do his part, and they need to give him a chance.”
The Seahawks will have to keep winning for that to happen. Seattle only has three touchdowns in three games. Jackson is 30th out of 32 in yards-per-attempt, ahead of Matt Cassel and Kerry Collins.
Sunday’s game against Atlanta will be telling. These are two struggling teams desperate for a win. If the Seahawks can’t prevail, they’ll have to beat the Giants in New York to avoid a 1-4 start before their bye week.