Time to Rev Up the Seahawks’ Quarterback Controversy
Let me make this perfectly clear – I don’t know a damn thing about football. I prove this over and over again during the football season when I bet on football teams that either lose or don’t cover the spread.
So keep that in mind when I say that Charlie Whitehurst should start for the Seahawks in their next preseason game Saturday night at Denver. As was suggested by several Facebook friends last night, we need to see how Whitehurst fares against first-stringers. At the same time, wouldn’t we find out more about Tarvaris Jackson if he had time to throw against second-stringers?
Last night at Century Link Field, we saw the same thing we saw last week in San Diego – Jackson didn’t get time to throw and was forced to scramble almost every time he dropped back. Conversely, given ample time in the pocket, Whitehurst looked terrific against the Vikings.
If you ask me, I’m guessing that Whitehurst will still be more effective than Jackson when he goes against first-stringers. I say that because Whitehurst appears to have more confidence this year. His body language looks different to me. He also puts some serious zip on the ball. And he might not be as mobile as Jackson, but he’s agile enough to escape the rush too.
I’m just saying, let’s see what would happen when you reverse the halves – it’s time for Whitehurst to play the first two quarters and Jackson to play the last two. Wouldn’t that give coach Pete Carroll a better idea of what he has with these two QBs?
You don’t have to read between the lines with me – I want a full-blown quarterback controversy because I don’t think Jackson has done enough to be anointed the starter, and I DO think Whitehurst has shown more than enough to get a shot at the job.
Need another opinion? Check Danny O’Niel’s recent post that supports my argument: Three Things We Learned