Tarvaris Jackson has first day on job as Seahawks quarterback
Tarvaris Jackson's self-review of his first day as the Seahawks' starting QB? "I felt a little rusty," he said.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Waiting.
It's something Tarvaris Jackson has plenty of experience with.
He waited the past two years behind Brett Favre in Minnesota, wondering when he would get another crack at being an NFL starter.
Jackson waited more than four months for free agency to begin this year, then had to wait a week after he signed with Seattle before he could practice. Then after he took the field in pads on Thursday afternoon, he waited another 25 minutes for the Seahawks to be notified that the league's new collective-bargaining agreement had been ratified.
Let the record show that at 2:07 p.m. Thursday, Jackson began his first practice as the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback. A new era has begun. The question is whether this will be remembered as the start of Jackson's run in charge of this team or only the beginning of the team's attempt to replace Matt Hasselbeck.
Jackson's self-review of the first day?
"I felt a little rusty," he said. "I had some throws here that I missed."
Jackson had a pass picked off, his throw slightly behind tight end John Carlson. Linebacker Aaron Curry tipped the ball and safety Kam Chancellor came down with it. Jackson said he also missed Mike Williams on a go route.
"All around, it wasn't a bad day," Jackson said. "We had a couple of miscues."
Yes, it's going to take a little while to adjust, something that's as true for Jackson as it is for Seattle as the city comes out of a 10-year relationship with Hasselbeck. Jackson is the new guy who speaks with a drawl, someone the city doesn't know all that well.
He is 28, a quarterback with an above-average arm, who is a threat to run, but has questions about his accuracy. But more than anything, Jackson is happy to be here with a team that isn't so much a second chance as a blank slate.
"It felt good to be out here today," Jackson said. "It seems like I'm wanted here. It's a different situation than Minnesota."
There's some scar tissue from Jackson's five seasons in Minnesota. It would be impossible for there not to be. A second-round draft pick in 2006, he became the full-time starter his second year in the league. He lost the starting gig to Gus Frerotte in the first month of his third year, and in his fourth and fifth year was bumped down the depth chart when Minnesota talked Favre out of retirement.
It was a different story this season. Seattle coach Pete Carroll named Jackson the starter on Saturday before he was even allowed to practice, saying Jackson's familiarity with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell made Jackson the obvious choice over Charlie Whitehurst.
Thursday's practice was the first look at Jackson in pads.
The switch in quarterbacks wasn't quite perfect. The center-quarterback exchange was a recurring problem, specifically the snap count.
"We're going to get that down," Jackson said. "It's just the first day."
After all this waiting, Jackson is just happy to have the chance.
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