What to expect from Tarvaris Jackson


Charlie from St. Louis wants my thoughts on Tarvaris Jackson's potential impact in Seattle."The way I see it," Charlie wrote, "he already had the opportunity to play with Sidney Rice in the exact same offensive scheme under Darrell Bevell when all three were in Minnesota. Not only did they work together in the pass-friendly confines of the Metrodome, but they enjoyed the presence of the game's best running back in Adrian Peterson. What makes you think that a regression is not imminent?"

Mike Sando: Regression is one option. Skepticism is warranted. Jackson never seemed to improve while playing for the Vikings. He did have a strong supporting cast on the field. Whether his head coach, Brad Childress, had the right approach/temperament is debatable. Injuries were a problem for Jackson. Childress once wondered aloud whether Jackson were a "china doll" or simply unlucky. Questions about Jackson's toughness arose when the quarterback removed himself from a game in overtime after suffering a groin injury.

It's also reasonable to think Jackson will benefit from change. Jackson came to the Vikings from Division I-AA Alabama State. The Vikings made him their starter before he was ready. Childress was tightly wound. Brett Favre happened. Jackson rarely seemed comfortable enough to play freely. Sometimes it appeared as though he were straining to please coaches within the offensive system. Perhaps the Seahawks can find ways for Jackson to transcend the playbook.

The Seahawks have done well in adding big targets for Jackson, whose accuracy has generally appeared better in practice than in games. The team can send Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Zach Miller and John Carlson onto the field at once. Those guys have the size and hands to help out a quarterback. Seattle has caught the ball very well during this training camp.

I'd give Jackson a decent chance to show improvement in a new environment, with an outside chance at developing into the player Childress hoped he would become. They'll put his mobility to use without much question.