Tarvaris Jackson To Seattle Seahawks?
That thought came to mind recently while reading once again about the Seattle Seahawks’ apparent interest in Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a pending free agent who is not expected to return.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer first began discussing Jackson’s name last month. It makes sense considering Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell held the same role with the Vikings during Jackson’s entire tenure. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, meanwhile, reported the Seahawks have done their “due diligence” on Jackson.
No current NFL coach has more background with Jackson than Bevell. Former head coach Brad Childress is out of the game as of the moment, and former Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers is now the offensive coordinator at Boston College.
But we shouldn’t assume that Bevell’s familiarity would compel him to lobby for Jackson in Seattle. Childress was Jackson’s champion in Minnesota, and Bevell above all else is a loyal soldier. In 2008 and 2010, relatively minor injuries prevented Jackson from starting games and required Bevell to find other alternatives. If you were an NFL coordinator, would that history move you to continue the relationship?
For argument’s sake, let’s say Bevell would be on board. We should still consider a bigger question: What about Seahawks general manager John Schneider?
Tarvaris’ future in Minnesota in done. Will he get a starting gig on another team? Probably not. However, Jackson is a top tiered backup QB that can step in and make plays if needed. Any team that signs him needs to give him the shot that Childress and the Vikings never gave him. Only then will we see what he is truly capable of.