Tarvaris Jackson grades himself an 'F' so far as Seahawks QB
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson says he measures his success by wins, and the Seahawks are struggling at 2-5.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Despite twice throwing for career highs in yardage, Tarvaris Jackson considers his short stint in Seattle so far a failure.
"We're a 2-5 team, and a quarterback's (job) is to help the team win as much as possible," he said. "We've still got a lot of work to do, but 2-5 is failing. So I guess I got an F right now."
Technically Jackson, who missed the Cleveland game with a left pectoral injury, is 2-3 as a starter.
He came off the bench Sunday against Cincinnati despite feeling soreness in his chest and threw for a career-high 323 yards, which effectively ended Charlie Whitehurst's campaign for the starting job.
"After the game I still felt pretty sore," Jackson said. "I think it's going to be sore pretty much the whole season."
Admittedly, Jackson started slowly.
He averaged 176 passing yards in his first three contests and 269 in the past three. His brightest moments include a 319-yard passing game against Atlanta and orchestrating a 36-25 win on the road against the New York Giants.
"We're getting better," Jackson said. "We're growing, and I'm feeling more and more comfortable each week. And the guys are feeling more and more comfortable in me. And the coach is gaining more trust in me.
"So that's good. My whole thing is I'm always about wins. That's what I really pride myself in, and that's what all quarterbacks should be judged on. That's what I want to be judged on, so right now 2-5 is not going to get the job done."
Jackson is slated to start Sunday at Dallas (3-4) and essentially has the rest of the season to prove if he's the long-term answer for the Seahawks at quarterback.
Seattle targeted him during the lockout to replace Matt Hasselbeck, but Jackson's two-year, $8 million deal suggests he's holding the position for someone else — possibly a future draft pick such as USC's Matt Barkley or Oklahoma's Landry Jones.
However, coach Pete Carroll said Jackson has time to grow.
"I'm seeing the things that he's able to do that gives us a chance to run an offense like we like to run it, and he's added to what we thought we could do by growing with him and learning about it," Carroll said. "We've got a lot of games now.
"Hopefully we can keep him going and keep him healthy until we really get a great gauge on him, but he's got a lot of games to prove it and show his value. I don't see any reason not to think that he can't make a lot of stuff happen over a long period of time."
One knock on Jackson during his career has been his durability. He never played in more than 12 games during a five-year stint in Minnesota.
Jackson wasn't expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, and his performance might have helped change the perception that he's injury-prone.
"He showed great toughness," said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "He showed great commitment to his guys and trying to be the leader and playing hurt, making big plays.
"That wasn't an easy game for him to go into and to play as well as he played. I think it speaks volumes to what he did."
Individually, Jackson put up solid statistics, but he engineered just one touchdown drive and the Seahawks lost 34-12.
"The natural stuff is there," Carroll said. "The competitiveness is there, a terrific arm is there, a sense for our offense and what we're doing — all of those things are very positive.
"Now we need to see it be translated into winning."
• Receiver Sidney Rice (foot), TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) and DT Alan Branch (knee/hip) did not practice Thursday. Jackson and WR Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited.
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