In my story today, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll remarked at how much better quarterback Tarvaris Jackson look in practice the week leading up to the team’s 31-14 win over Philadelphia.
And Jackson proved in his play, finishing 13 of 16 for 190 yards and an 11-yard touchdown to Golden Tate. Jackson finished with a season-high 137.0 passer rating.
While not fully recovered from a strained pectoral muscle he suffered in a Week 5 win over the New York Giants, it’s the best he’s thrown since then.
“It kind of surprised me,” Jackson said. “Earlier in the week I thought it was just (adrenaline) still in my system on Monday, but Tuesday came and it still felt good. On Wednesday it still felt pretty good.“The coaches were a little surprised that I was throwing during the week, but it’s a feel – if it feels good I’m going to go out there and practice. They were surprised that it came this week on a short week, but it came and we were able to get out there and practice and get all of the looks in. That was good for us.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Bill Leavy will officiate a game in Seattle for the first time since the questionable calls in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks six years ago. Leavy was the lead official in Seattle’s 9-6 loss to Cleveland, which of course had the awful call on Kennard Cox’s phantom block in the back that negated an 84-yard punt return by Leon Washington.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Seahawks will benefit from injuries to key players in facing St. Louis and Chicago in the next two weeks.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that the Seahawks need to find a way to make sure offensive line coach Tom Cable sticks around.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle believes the Seahawks should be more concerned about winning, not draft order.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his Game of my Life series with a profile on former Seahawks kicker Norm Johnson.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at what worked and what didn’t work for the Seahawks in their win over the Eagles last week.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that with Sam Bradord (high ankle sprain) and A.J. Feeley (fractured right thumb) injured, the Rams could start Tom Brandstater at quarterback.