In my story this morning, Seattle Seahawks Mike Williams came to the defense of his quarterback when talking to reporters on Monday.
Williams believes Jackson has been unfairly criticized over the past few weeks on his play during the preseason.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Williams said. “If it’s overwhelming for a teammate, then it has to be enough for him. I just kind of want to tell everybody, ‘Back the hell up.’ Let him play. Let him have his shot to work and go out here and do his thing.”
Jackson’s play hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in the Seahawks’ fan base during exhibition play.
The starting offense managed to score 13 points with Jackson at quarterback during the preseason in a little over a game’s worth of plays, with the lone touchdown coming against Denver’s second-team defense.
In exhibitions, Jackson completed 32 of 55 passes (58.2 percent) for 269 yards (58.2 percent), with one touchdown and two interceptions. He finished with a 61.9 passer rating and was sacked seven times.
But playing behind a young, inexperienced line, Jackson never had a clean pocket to step into and push the ball down the field.
“Up until the last preseason game, we all agree that the offensive line and the backs, we didn’t really do a good enough job of protecting him and giving him enough time to go out there and show what he can do,” running back Leon Washington said. “So you see what happened in the Oakland game. We really placed an emphasis on protecting him and keeping him upright, and he was able to drive us down the field and make plays.
“So we don’t pay any attention to that at all. Football is a team sport.”
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald, who covered the Seahawks for several years before moving on to cover the University of Washington, offers a very interesting read today. Johnson has written 22 chapters on a Seahawk player detailing the game they remember most. He starts with Jacob Green.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland provides an interesting read this morning in his first of a four-part NFL preview, which includes this quote in his section about Seattle: “If any team has hatched an elaborate plan to ‘Suck for [Andrew] Luck’ during the 2011 season, it’s the Seahawks.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers a detailed report from Monday’s practice.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network gets $121 million to build his ultimate dream team. It’s an interesting list. No Seahawks.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated notes in his Monday Morning QB column that Seattle third string quarterback Josh Portis is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.
Seahawks receiver Richardo Lockette offers this picture of his locker next to veteran Roy Lewis, which shows his standing on the team as a practice player.
San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle notes the change in approach in the Niners’ personnel department with second-year general manager Trent Baalke and new head coach Jim Harbaugh, with an emphasis on youth and healthy players.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers this profile on new 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, pointing out the stark contract between the big-picture approach of ex-San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary, and the micromanaging of Harbaugh.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that new Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb has fit into his new team’s roster like a it was a pair of old, soft jeans molded especially for him.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports that the Cardinals have signed veteran running back Chester Taylor, released by the Bears during final cuts.
Check out the Cardinals depth chart here. St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams’ upgrade of talent on the roster is showing.
Howard Balzer of ESPN 101 St. Louis believes Philadelphia – the Rams Week 1 opponent at home – could be vulnerable when they travel to St. Louis.