We used to be in there, now we’re out here
The first-unit line has had major growing pains, barely giving nominal starter Tarvaris Jackson time to throw. And when he has had time to throw, he hasn’t done it.
In limited action in the first two games, it didn’t seem fair to judge Jackson’s performance behind such a shaky line. But against the Broncos, he played into the fourth quarter, giving us plenty of chance to see how he reacts under pressure. The result: He held the ball over and over again. Even when he had a few seconds to throw, he stood there, looking like he had no idea where to go with the ball. He completed 13 of 22, but it seemed a lot worse.
It’s not the last time Seahawk fans will long for the quick decision making of Matt Hasselbeck this season.
Calls for Charlie Whitehurst seemed premature after just two games of minimal action by Jackson, but it became clear after Game 3 that both quarterbacks will start this season — and that neither is the long-term answer.
The main thrust of this season will be getting the offensive line in sync for the next quarterback. And, judging by the unit’s major struggles against Denver, the Hawks have a long way to go.
Assuming they can get it together by the end of this season and turn into a cohesive unit for 2012, the question is: Whom will they be protecting?
Will the Hawks pursue a veteran like Denver’s Kyle Orton or Cincinnati holdout Carson Palmer? Or go after yet another unproven young guy like Green Bay’s Matt Flynn or New England’s Brian Hoyer? Or draft a rookie and cross their fingers he develops by 2013?
With all of the weapons they now have (Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Mike Williams, John Carlson, Leon Washington, Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch) and a young line that should develop as this season goes on, the only missing ingredient is quarterback. That would seem to say the Hawks are going to go after a veteran next year.
Since they were not mentioned at all in any trade rumors regarding Orton this year, it makes us think Palmer could be their target in 2012. Of course, that makes complete sense, given Palmer’s connection to coach Pete Carroll.
The Bengals made it clear they were not going to “reward” the unhappy franchise QB by trading him this year, so perhaps Carroll and general manager John Schneider are waiting it out until the offseason, when they can offer up a second-round pick (or the equivalent) for the 32-year-old passer.
Whatever they do, it’s pretty clear even at this early stage that Jackson is not going to be the answer and the Hawks are just setting things up for the next franchise starter.
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