Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of giving Tavaris Jackson a shot as a backup. After watching things unfold the last couple days, I can honestly say I am surprised by the reaction of the BR community. People talk about how awful Thigpen is, and people talk about how awful Young is, and we make a move to get a guy deemed good enough to be a starter last year, and nobody wants him here.Now I'll be the first to admit that TJax isn't a stellar QB. I did however, watch almost every one of Seattle's games from last season. While watching, a few things stood out to me.
First and foremost, Seattle had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Even though Jackson did get sacked a fair bit, he also is very mobile. It seemed to me, that he was very accurate on the run.
The second thing that stood out to me was his deep ball accuracy. He has a big arm and I saw him fit the ball into tight coverage. Obviously, it helps having a big guy that can go up and get it, but as he had mostly average or smaller receivers, it was his perfect placement that got big gains.
The last thing that really stood out to me was his decision making. There were plenty of times that he didn't have anyone open and instead of forcing a pass he threw it out of bounds. Yeah, he still made his fair share of mistakes, but it seemed to me that for the most part, he made smart decisions under pressure.
So I guess my whole point here is that, based off what I saw, I think TJax can be a very solid backup. He seems miles ahead of Thigpen, and once he gets comfortable in our system, possibly create a little competition for Fitz next year. I'd like to take this opportunity to say no, I wouldn't like to see him replace Fitz at the first sign of trouble and no, I don't think he's the franchise QB we all want our team to have.
So what say you, fellow rumblers? Has anyone else re-watched their games to get an idea of his abilities? Am I way off base with my assessment?