Tag:Tarvaris Jackson
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:01 pm

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

Jaws says he loves Mark Sanchez, just not more than Peyton Manning. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

There hasn't been much to report on the Peyton Manning front lately. The media furor surrounding the Colts' quarterback left Indianapolis about the same time the Super Bowl did. Which lends credence to the theory that the Manning-Jim Irsay back-and-forth was all about winning the PR battle while the biggest game of the year was played in their backyard.

The most recent speculation has the Seahawks interested in Manning, assuming the 36-year-old quarterback will be healthy enough to resume his career in 2012 and that the Colts cut him loose in the coming weeks. (Peyton's due $28 million on March 13; we can't see a scenario where Irsay forks over that kind of dough.)

But perhaps we're being too presumptuous. Here's what Seahawks general manager John Schnieder said last week.

“I’ve been blessed to be around a lot of really good quarterback people that have taught me a lot about the position,” Schneider said lastThursday. “So I just kind of incorporate that with the quarterbacks I’ve been around. I just try to take all the information possible from everybody I’ve been around. Ijust know if you panic at the position, it can set the organization back. So we're not going to do that,"

“That may disappoint fans, because they want to see an instant guy and have that instant success,” Schneider continued. “But really, you’re better off continuing to build your team. Initially when I got here, I thought we were going to plug the quarterback in and we were going built around him. If we had done that, we would have panicked in a way. And I’m not sure we would have been able to host the Saints (in the 2010 wild-card playoff game) and had that great atmosphere and all that.”

There's something to be said for not panicking. Then again, it's hard to convince the fan base that you're taking the position seriously when you trade for Charlie Whitehurst and a year later sign Tarvaris Jackson. The former isn't a capable backup and the latter was described perfectly by NFL Network's Mike Mayock this week, “He’s developed to a certain point, but I think that position needs to be upgraded. And I don’t mind T-Jack competing for the position, but I think you either have to get a free agent in there or you have to draft somebody.”

But Seattle isn't the only team breathlessly included in the Manning sweepstakes. There are the other usual suspects: the Redskins, Dolphins and Jets. ESPN's Ron Jaworski, most recently identified as the third wheel in Monday Night Football's new two-man booth, was asked about Manning's NFL future.

“I think Peyton Manning ends up playing somewhere else (other than Indianapolis)," he said during an appearance 97.5 in Philadelphia (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "I think it’s a win-win for everyone. Certainly, when you look at the Colts right now, they’re a team that’s going through their development process with a new coaching staff and new players. It’s going to be just like when Peyton came on board, years to develop that football team. I think it’s best for Peyton to go and play on a team that can compete for a Super Bowl, a team that might be a quarterback away from elevating that team to Super Bowl status and I think that would be a win-win situation.”

When asked about potential destinations, Jaws suggested what a lot of people have been thinking for months.

“The New York Jets. … I love Mark Sanchez and there are 25 other quarterbacks in this league that I would take Peyton Manning over. There’s a turf war in New York. The Giants just won the Super Bowl. The Jets are fighting for every inch of space they can get in the newspaper. How do you get that inch? How do you get the headlines? You sign Peyton Manning.”

Jaworski joins Curtis Martin, us, and we imagine Rex Ryan, who won't admit it now but has almost certainly given some thought to the possibility.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:57 pm

Jim Harbaugh: Seahawks better on D than Steelers

It may seem like a stretch, but Seattle's defense has played as well if not better than Pittsburgh's. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Jim Harbaugh isn't stingy with the compliments, even if they might seem preposterous. On Tuesday, a day after the 49ers handily defeated the Steelers, he said that not only is Alex Smith the team's quarterback of the future, he considers the former first-overall pick a Pro Bowler this season.

"There's other great players out there in the National Football (Conference)," Harbaugh said. "I believe there's three that go to the Pro Bowl, right? Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Alex Smith -- I think those are the top three, in the NFC in my humble opinion."

Pay no attention to Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan or Eli Manning.

On Wednesday, Harbaugh was back at it, this time flattering the 49ers' next opponent: the Seattle Seahawks.

“We thought the Steelers were good on defense, preparing for them, and we think the Seahawks are even better,” he said according to CBSSports Rapid Reporter John Boyle.

On the surface, it's a ludicrous thing to say; Seattle is 7-7 and long shots to make the playoffs. Not only that, but they were blanked by the Steelers 24-0 in Week 2.

But here's the thing: Seattle may have looked like one of the NFL's worst teams through the first half of the season (they were 2-6 heading into Week 10), but they're 5-1 since November 13 and that includes convincing victories over the Ravens, Eagles and Bears. And while a resurgent Marshawn Lynch and an improved Tarvaris Jackson have something to do with the success, the defense that deserves most of the credit.

The unit's been so good, in fact, that Football Outsiders' advanced metrics ranks them ahead of the Steelers' defense. Through Week 15, Seattle is the NFL's ninth-best defense (ninth vs. the pass, 10th vs. the run), Pittsburgh is 10th (sixth vs. the pass, 13th vs. the run).

The Steelers' D has been more consistent over the course of the season, which makes sense given the Seahawks' slow start. Still, it's a startling revelation; we just assumed Harbaugh was laying it on thick in an effort to butter up the next opponent. Intended or otherwise, it turns out he was onto something. Maybe Pete Carroll really does have a plan

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:35 pm

Williams out of SEA-WAS game with ankle injury

WilliamsBy Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE: Coach Pete Carroll said after the game that Williams broke his ankle, meaning his season likely is over.

With the Seahawks leading the Bears by a touchdown midway through the third quarter, Seattle will have to attempt to complete the victory without the services of receiver Mike Williams.

With the Seahawks driving, Tarvaris Jackson completed a 10-yard pass to Williams, but as Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher finished the tackle, it appeared Williams got his left ankle caught in a bad position.

Willliams stayed on the turf before needing help from trainers to get off the field. On the day, Williams had two catches for 31 yards, and Seahawks officials have announced that he will not return.

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Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:58 am

Johnny Knox says Jay Cutler is no sissy

CutlerPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember that whole “Jay Cutler is a pansy” meme that emerged from last year’s Bears NFC title game loss when he sustained a bad knee injury and couldn’t return? You remember when Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock called Cutler a “sissy” on Twitter and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said that Cutler had quit?

Immediately after the game, his teammates defended him, as Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher said, “A lot of jealous people watching our game on TV when their season is over. Jay was hurt. We don’t question his toughness. He’s tough as hell. He doesn’t bitch, he doesn’t complain when he gets hit.”

It turned out Cutler had torn his MCL, and soon after, apologies were made and Cutler’s toughness was reinforced.

And in order to make sure we all know Cutler is no pansy, Bears receiver Johnny Knox has confirmed it.

“From what I’ve seen, since I’ve played with him, Jay’s one of the toughest players on this team. He takes some of the most hits,” Knox told XTRA in San Diego (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “When I say that, I’m not taking nothing away from the O-Line, but he takes hits and gets back up and is still making plays. As far as people questioning his heart, I believe he has one of the biggest hearts in the NFL.”

Not only that, but his teammates apparently are huge Cutler fans.

“He’s a great teammate. He takes control when he’s in the huddle,” Knox said. “Everybody gives him their attention and we just love to have him as a teammate.”

At this point, you’d have to wonder if Brock (whose quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson) and Jones-Drew (whose quarterback is Blaine Gabbert) would trade their signal-callers for Cutler. I’m guessing both would.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:39 pm

Tarvaris Jackson could actually play Sunday

JacksonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Tarvaris Jackson getting a bye week to recover from his pectoral injury, it’s not so certain that backup Charlie Whitehurst will start in his place this Sunday when the Seahawks face Cleveland.

That’s because, as Rapid Reporter John Boyle writes, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he might not know who’s starting at quarterback until close to game time.

"We may go all the way to game time to understand whether he'll be available to us,” said Carroll, referring to Jackson, who also said his starting quarterback would “do some stuff” at Wednesday’s practice (though Whitehurst was taking snaps with the first team).

Jackson or Whitehurst?
Even if Jackson can’t go Sunday, Carroll had some good news. The fact Seattle is even considering playing him means his injury shouldn’t be a long-term problem.

“The trainers and the doctors are really surprised that he's able to do what he's doing,” Carroll said. “He's really tough-minded.” 

If Jackson can’t play, that obviously means the Seahawks will go with Whitehurst, who took over for Jackson against the Giants and played well enough (11 of 19 for 149 yards and a touchdown) to allow the Seahawks score the win against New York.

“He's going to take all the reps...” Carroll said. “I'm anxious to see how he does with this preparation behind him. I think he's going to handle it very well."

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Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:02 am

Carroll: Whitehurst has improved since 2010

C. Whitehurst could start in place of T. Jackson while Jackson is injured (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We know Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has a strained pectoral muscle, but we don’t know for sure what the ultimate solution is for his injury. It’s certainly possible that Jackson could be out of action for some time as he recovers, especially if he has to undergo surgery.

We also know that backup Charlie Whitehurst has been unimpressive during his pro career. But ask coach Pete Carroll what he knows about Whitehurst, and he’ll tell you that he believes Whitehurst is a better quarterback this season than last year.

“He’s more in control and ready to take over. … That’s an awesome factor for us to have,” Carroll told ESPN 790 in Seattle (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “I think he’s just growing into it with us. I think he came in last year with an incumbent guy and it was a different situation and I challenged the heck out of him. I couldn’t have thrown a better challenge at him. I said, ‘This guy’s coming in to take the job and in a few weeks from now you get to compete again when you can catch up.’ He didn’t want to hear that and just battled. He’s done all of that to position himself to play like a starter when he got his chance.”

Oh, OK. So, when Jackson returns, the two will battle for the starting job, yes? Ahem, no.

“I think the competition is on. We’ve got two good football players. But T-Jack’s done everything we’d asked him to do and he’s our quarterback, he’s our guy in every way,” Carroll said. “I love what he’s doing. I just wish he would’ve got down on that darn little keeper. … But no, he’s our quarterback.”

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 8:28 pm

Jackson has pectoral injury but no QB controversy

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson shortly after the lockout and head coach Pete Carroll has been one of his staunchest defenders in the weeks and months since. And after a slow start, the team and its QB have played better in recent games.

Jackson was 25 of 38 for 319 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs in a loss to the Falcons in Week 4, and Sunday against the Giants, Jackson completed 15 for 22 passes for 166 yards, including a touchdown and a pick, before he suffered a third-quarter chest injury. He didn't return and backup Charlie Whitehurst assumed the role of game manager perfectly as the Seahawks upset the Giants in the Meadowlands.

On Monday, Jackson was diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle, though Carroll was uncertain how long the injury would keep his starter sidelined.

"He did rehab today," Carroll said, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter John Boyle. "He felt better today than he did yesterday, but we're not going to know for a while (how long he will be out). We won't have him throw the ball for a little bit."

Whenever Jackson returns, it appears he'll keep his place atop the depth chart. Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil characterized Whitehurst's performance against the Giants nicely Sunday night.

"[He] was more than adequate, but something less than sensational. For anyone already convinced he would be an improvement over Jackson, the performance was validation that Seattle is starting the wrong quarterback. Whitehurst completed 11 of 19 passes for 149 yards and had no turnovers. But on a closer look, it appears Whitehurst wasn't quite as comfortable pushing the tempo as Jackson, and his touchdown throw didn't have a very high degree of difficulty. Baldwin was, after all, entirely uncovered on a play when defensive end Osi Umenyiora was offside."

Carroll, it seems, if of a similar mindset. “There's some talk about, 'Does that make a controversy?'" he said. "Well is it controversial if you have two quarterbacks who can play. I think it's great that we do.” As for his thoughts on Whitehurst's performance, Carroll added "I don't think Charlie did anything phenomenal [against the Giants]. I thought he did what he does."

And in the NFC West, Jackson and/or Whitehurst "doing what they do" could be enough.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: September 24, 2011 12:12 am

Pete Carroll disputes claim of feud with his GM

Pete Carroll and John Schneider (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, Pro Football Weekly released a report that claimed Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider aren’t getting along so well (not unlike perhaps a certain pair in Kansas City -- coincidentally enough, both squads are 0-2).

PFW publisher Hub Arkush said Caroll is very unhappy with many of the moves Schneider made this season (Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice and Robert Gallery). But if the two were to duke it out for their jobs, Arkush said Carroll would be the victor.

But after hearing that report, Carroll was upset. After Friday’s practice, though he and Schneider goofily pretended like they were going to fight in front of the media, Carroll said this (via the Everett Heralh).

"That's extraordinarily irresponsible," he said. "It's inaccurate, it's lazy, and I wouldn't believe a word they said. That's so far from true. John and I are as close as you can get. I've never been closer with anybody I've ever worked with and every decision we make, we make together. They don't even understand, so whatever that was -- I don't know who those guys were or where they came from, but they were just dead wrong."

"It's just weak that somebody would say stuff like that. They know nothing, they never talked to us, they've never seen us. They know nothing about what we're all about. "

And if you need more ice water thrown on the PFW report, consider what writer John Boyle (aka as the CBSSports.com Seahawks Rapid Reporter) penned in his article: “Even before Carroll addressed the report, it did seem a bit odd to those of us who are around those two on an almost daily basis.”

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