Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 30:
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Tarvaris Jackson, who has done enough this season to be the incumbent QB for next season: “Asked this week who will start at quarterback for the 2012 Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll said he plans to stick with Tarvaris Jackson. ‘Yeah, that’s where we are,’ Carroll said. ‘… Now, that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position.’ The sixth-year pro will be in the second year of a two-year, $8 million contract. He’s 7-6 as a starter, passing for 2,869 yards and 13 touchdowns with 12 interceptions – all career bests. He thinks he’ll be even better with a full offseason of work.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his take on the same topic – Jackson as the QB in 2012: “Tarvaris Jackson will end this season Sunday in Arizona the same way he began it: as Seattle’s undisputed starting quarterback. Jackson outlasted the chants for backup Charlie Whitehurst early in the season. He came back from a strained pectoral muscle. He survived Seattle’s 2-6 start, more than 40 sacks at the hands of opponents, and he has started more games this season than any of his previous five. And after all that, coach Pete Carroll says he’s comfortable with Jackson as Seattle’s starter going forward. ‘That’s where we are,’ Carroll said. “That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all of the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position. But (for) T-Jack, understanding what this season has been like for him is really important.’ ”
Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com has this to say about Golden Tate after interviewing the Seahawks’ receiver on a radio show: “His heart wishes the Seattle Seahawks had two extra weeks to vie for the postseason. The rest of Golden Tate’s body knows better. If the NFL had its way, the regular season would grow from 16 to 18 games. Under such a scenario, the 2011 Seahawks (7-8) would still be in contention for a wild-card berth with three contests left to play. Instead, the playoffs are now a pipe dream after last Sunday’s 19-17 loss to San Francisco. Tate is saddened that his season will come to an end Sunday. But the second-year wide receiver also believes the ancillary effects inherent in a two-game expansion aren’t worth it. ‘You’re adding two more games, you’re adding two more weeks of practice also,’ Tate said. ‘For guys getting hit constantly, that will do nothing but shorten careers. I like the schedule the way it is right now – 16 games and you’ve got the playoffs. I don’t see any problem with it.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at Brandon Mebane, who has more tackles than any interior lineman in the NFC but whose tackles also are sometimes difficult to see: “The best way to put it is that Mebane makes a habit of making piles, with the ball carrier on the bottom and Mebane on top of him. There also are a couple of teammates, as well as a would-be blocker or two, in this mass of oversized humanity – protruding at various angles and attached from various directions. (Defensive line coach Todd) Wash smiles when that picture is painted and then offers, “It usually is in big glob of bodies. So it’s hard to see.”
We’ve also got a look at how Tom Cable handles his offensive linemen in “Thursday in Hawkville,” as well as Tony Ventrella’s video recap and his “Seahawks Insider” that this week features Ricardo Lockette.
And speaking of Lockette, Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Observations” from last week’s loss to the 49ers, including: “No idea how that deep ball succeeded. The 49ers had to like their chances on the Seahawks’ second offensive play. Their Pro Bowl defensive end, Justin Smith, beat left guard Robert Gallery to the inside and was bearing down on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson right away. The 49ers had two about-to-be-minted Pro Bowlers, cornerback Carlos Rogers and free safety Dashon Goldson, shadowing an undrafted rookie receiver making his regular-season NFL debut. There is simply no way Jackson-to-Lockette should beat three Pro Bowlers for a 44-yard gain. Jackson gets credit for hanging tough and delivering the ball just as Smith was about to blast him. Lockette gets credit for catching a ball Rogers contested well. This was exactly the type of play Seattle needed early against a tough defense.”
Also at ESPN.com, Duff McKagan touches on his beloved Seahawks while answering readers’ questions: “It just seems that rock ‘n’ roll and sports go hand in hand for whatever reason. The Seahawks have made great improvement throughout this second half of the season, but alas, 10-6 was not our lot. Here is hoping for a .500 season anyways!”