Jackson Vs. Whitehurst could create Seahawks quarterback controversy: A fan’s outlook

A Seattle Seahawks quarterback controversy could be brewing between Tarvaris Jackson(notes) and Charlie Whitehurst(notes). Though it is only the second week of the NFL preseason, some fans aren't pleased with the decision of head coach Pete Carroll to go with Jackson as the starting quarterback. After the Seahawks beat the San Diego Chargers in the first week of the preseason, it became apparent that Whitehurst did have a better hold of the system.

In the week 1 preseason game, Whitehurst led the team in passing, connecting on 14-of-20 passes for 115 yards. Even third string Josh Portis(notes) threw for more yards than Jackson, ending with 69 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-9 attempts. As for Jackson, he only threw for 13 yards on the night after taking just five passes during his drives. It seems likely that Portis is going to enter the season as the third string guy, but that the starting job could be open to either one of the young veterans.

Whitehurst was with Seattle last year, and was counted upon to beat the St. Louis Rams and get Seattle into the postseason. He was immediately replaced by Matt Hasselbeck(notes) against the New Orleans Saints, but had proven that he could do the job if he was put into the fire. Some fans weren't completely sold though, and it was clear that the coaches weren't sold either. So, Seattle went out and got a free agent quarterback in Jackson, hoping that he would be the solution for many years to come.

Over his pro career, Jackson has 3,984 passing yards split over five seasons. Not too bad, but it includes 1,911 yards in the 2007 season alone. He has talent, certainly, but some fans aren't sure that he is the guy to lead the Seahawks back to the playoffs. Many comment sections this summer on internet articles have involved Seahawks fans commenting about how the team is going this to go after Andrew Luck in the offseason. Luck is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, meaning one team is going to benefit greatly from being terrible in 2011.

A quarterback controversy is not what Seattle needs though, and now that Jackson has the support of Carroll, he has got to step up. He needs good performances against the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos so that Seahawks fans are happy with him by the time the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers comes around.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Monday, Aug 22, 2011