When the Seattle Seahawks successfully wooed Tarvaris Jackson as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, coach Pete Carroll did not waste much time anointing Jackson as the starting quarterback despite the presence of Charlie Whitehurst on the roster.
The move has produced less-than-desirable results thus far. With six starts under his belt, Jackson ranks in the bottom fourth of the NFL in touchdown passes (six), interceptions (nine) and passer rating (73.2). Jackson has thrown two 300-yard games, and the Seahawks have lost both contests.
The inconsistency has dogged Jackson, who acknowledged being frustrated during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday.
“We have a lot of work to do, especially just dating back to last week, [and] especially my play with turnovers,” he said. “We are able to get big plays at times – get the ball down the field – but we just have to be more consistent. We were able to get our running game going last week, and now we need to be able now to tie it in with our passing game and be able to use both of them in the same games. I know that was our best running effort that we had throughout the whole season, and we have mostly been leaning on the pass to kind of get us points and kind of get us down the field. With that running game that we had last week, along with the potential of our passing game, we feel like we can be a good offense.”
Whitehurst started two games with Jackson dealing with a pectoral injury, but Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is expecting to see Jackson under center Sunday.
“Charlie is a good athlete, but Tarvaris will stand in there, and he can beat you with his arm, and he can beat you with his legs,” Pagano said during his weekly briefing Thursday. “We have to do a great job being disciplined in our pass-rush lanes when we do blitz, be conscience of him getting out, making sure that we do a great job with contain. He’s got out on some people and made a lot of, not plays down the field, but ran for some first downs, especially on third down.”