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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



September 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Oh yeah, there is still that QB thing hanging out

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The biggest question entering the final game of this exhibition season is whether the Seahawks offensive line can protect its starting quarterback.

That debate has such an overwhelming urgency that it's easy to forget there's a sizeable chunk of people that believe Seattle is starting the wrong quarterback.

At least it was easy for me to forget that. I was reminded about that on Twitter on Thursday night. There are people who believe -- strongly -- that Charlie Whitehurst is better prepared to start, and Pete Carroll's decision to start Tarvaris Jackson is not only misplaced, but undermines his doctrine of competition.

You can defend that position. I don't agree with it, but you can defend it. I can't tell you that you're wrong, but that doesn't mean I think it's right.

This is an unprecedented offseason in the NFL, and the realities of not having an offseason to work together can be seen clearly along the offensive line. Carroll was right when he said during the first week of training camp that Seattle is a race. It was a race to get ready, and starting a quarterback with five years of experience working with not only the playbook the Seahawks were installing, but the man who would call the plays in Darrell Bevell.

Who gave Seattle the best chance to get off to a good start? I can't say for certain, but I can see the logic behind Carroll's belief when training camp opened that it was Jackson. And if the coach believed that, I can see the benefit in making that clear from the outset and preventing different camps from forming and alternating snaps.

He didn't say Whitehurst would never have a chance to compete for the starting job, and in this year in which Seattle is exploring whether either Jackson or Whitehurst can be a viable starter, there would be worse things than having both start.

Not only that, but this creates a situation in which a quarterback change would not be a concession that things are so desperate that you're turning to the guy who lost the training-camp competition to be the starter. You can't lose a competition that never took place.

Now, these are football players we're talking about, not fine china. If someone is so delicate that he must be handled with kid gloves then perhaps there's not going to be a whole lot of staying power.

I'm just saying: I can see the logic behind the decision. And I can also see the dissent coming now.

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I completely agree with fargomonkey, I lived in Minnesota for five years and saw nothing but an inability to read defenses, make good quick...  Posted on September 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM by soundwave. Jump to comment
I have said many times that Jackson was a terrible choice for our starting QB, and that Whitehurst is the only legitimate QB on the team.Give the...  Posted on September 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM by EastCoastTransplant_74. Jump to comment
Jackson is only starting because he knows the offense. I believe Carroll is waiting until Whitehurst can learn the offense before he throws him to...  Posted on September 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM by tommyd24. Jump to comment

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