By Nate Hanson, Sports Radio KJR
For Tarvaris Jackson, the last year appears to have come full circle. Adam Schefter broke the news this morning that Jackson is expected to sign a one-year deal with Seattle after the Buffalo Bills cut the eight year veteran. Jackson confirmed the report via Twitter saying he is traveling to Seattle tomorrow to make the deal official.
Jackson was traded to Buffalo last offseason when the Seahawks signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn and drafted current starter Russell Wilson. After the Seahawks traded Flynn to Oakland, the team needed a backup quarterback. Seattle signed Brady Quinn to fill the void. However, Jackson’s apparent return signals a battle for the position. The Furness Show posed the question: Who wins the second-string competition?
“I don’t want to hear the word compete between Quinn and Jackson,” Furness said. “No they’re not because one guy [Jackson] can play a little bit and the other guy [Quinn] can’t play at all.”
When comparing the two statistically, it’s hard to argue with Furness. Jackson has a career 17-17 record. Quinn is 4-16. Granted, Jackson played on competitive teams in Minnesota and Seattle whereas Quinn started for cellar dwellers in Cleveland and Kansas City. Still, Jackson has the advantage.
Jackson has a career 59 percent completion percentage with 38 TDs and 35 INTs. Quinn has 12 TDs, 17 INTs while completing 54 percent of his passes. Check mark for Jackson.
In 2007, Jackson led Minnesota to an 8-4 record despite throwing 9 TDs and 12 INTs. Seahawks fans remember Jackson leading the 2011 team, a team that was only supposed to win four games, to a 7-7 record with over 3,000 yards, 14 TDs and 13 INTs. In 2009, Quinn took over the starting duties for the Browns. He threw for over 1300 yards, 8 TDs and 7 INTs while completing 53 percent of his passes. Last year, Quinn was named the Chiefs’ starter for the second half of the season. Quinn posted an 1-7 record with 8 INTs and only 2 TDs. Once again, Jackson gets the nod.
“He [Jackson] puts them in a position more often than not to be in a game,” Furness said.
Quinn has had his moments. In a 2009 game versus Detroit he threw for 4 TDs and 304 yards. Later that year, Quinn went 25-45 for 271 yards and 3 TDs against San Diego. More recently, Quinn was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after going 19-23 for 201 yards and 2 TDs in the Chiefs’ lone win with him as the starter. However, Quinn has experienced far more downs than ups. He has thrown touchdowns in only five out of the 20 games he has started.
On the other hand, Jackson threw touchdowns in each of his final seven games with the Seahawks. Jackson has a long history with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was also Jackson’s offensive coordinator in Minnesota from 2006-2010. He understands the playbook and can provide his insights to starter Russell Wilson.
“Maybe Jackson has come to the conclusion that I’m not going to be a starter in this league, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be an influence on a young quarterback in a great system for great coaches and a great team,” Puckett said.
It only takes one bad snap before Jackson or Quinn is forced to lead the offense. Neither is expected to play at Russell Wilson’s level. In the end, it comes down to whoever the coaching staff believes gives the team a better chance to win. Right now, it appears Jackson is the favorite.