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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