Seahawks Tarvaris Jackson's performance all about time
Posted by Danny O'Neil
So did you look at Tarvaris Jackson's career-high 319 yards passing and think it was about time?
Specifically, the amount of time he had in the pocket.
He was not sacked Sunday. Not once. In fact, after getting sacked 14 times in Seattle's first two and a half games, he has not been sacked at all in the past six quarters.
Coach Pete Carroll heralded Jackson's performance as a confirmation of the Seahawks' belief in Jackson's ability to make plays down the field.
"I thought Tarvaris showed us what we've been counting on, what we've been seeing, what we felt," Carroll said. "Tremendous play, tremendous throws, sense, poise, toughness again, and ability to execute when it's really hard."
Jackson had never passed for more than 249 yards in his five seasons in Minnesota. Jackson's three touchdown passes for the Seahawks Sunday was his most since he threw a career-high four touchdown passes at Arizona in December 2008.
The last of those three touchdown passes showed just how much time Jackson had to work with in the pocket. Ben Obomanu was the last read he had on that fourth-quarter play, and the only reason Jackson made it that far in his progressions was because of the time he had to throw.
"When I came off the field, I made sure I went to the line first," Jackson said, "and told them that it was because of those guys that I was able to get it to Ben."
Jackson had time to look to two receivers on his right, try a pump fake to free up Sidney Rice and then come back to find Obomanu so wide open that Jackson could have underhanded the ball to him, and he nearly did, throwing a lollipop of a pass.
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