Seattle Seahawks: Signing Tarvaris Jackson is a Good Move

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIJune 12, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks are certainly trying out a few different backup quarterbacks. Add former starter Tarvaris Jackson to that list, because apparently he is coming back (via NBC Sports) to Seattle.

Of course, Darin Gantt of NBC Sports had this to say, “If nothing else, he should be an upgrade over Brady Quinn as the Seahawks backup, though that’s hardly a line for anyone’s resume.”

Obviously T-Jack is not guaranteed a job with the Seahawks. He will still have to battle for reps and prove to Pete Carroll that he is a better alternative than Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson.

It is interesting to see how the tone can shift over time. Jackson certainly had his fans when he was in Seattle. However, many applauded his trade to the Buffalo Bills.

Now, you have to wonder if fans will be happy to see him come to CenturyLink Field.

Again, he is not here to run the team. Russell Wilson is the man, and since Wilson doesn’t know (via The News Tribune) what the words “sophomore slump” mean, he will remain the starter as long as he is healthy.

Is Jackson a better option than Quinn? The numbers say so. If you look at Quinn’s best year (we’ll say it’s 2009), the stats look like this:

1,339 yards, 8 TDs, 7 INTs, 53.1% CMP, 67.2 Rating

Jackson’s best year was in 2011 when he was with the ‘Hawks. You tell me if they are better:

3,091 yards, 14 TDs, 13 INTs, 60.2% CMP, 79.2 Rating

The only question will be whether Jackson harbors any ill will against the Seahawks for taking his starting job away and then trading him. If he is happy to be a backup and is willing to work in tandem with Russell Wilson, this is a good signing.

However, if Jackson is angling to split the locker room and jump on the first sign of weakness in Wilson’s game, this may not be the best decision. Granted, the fact that this appears to be happening suggests that Carroll and John Schneider are not concerned with this scenario.

As tweeted by Adam Schefter of ESPN:

T-Jack will no longer be a captain, but perhaps he is content to be second-in-command.

Jackson is going to know most of the system, and he will already have a rapport with many of the players. If Wilson were to go down, Seattle would have a guy who has had some success in a Seahawks uniform.

Welcome back, T-Jack.

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