Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said Seattle’s offense finally got into a rhythm in the second half last week against Arizona, something he’s hoping will continue this week.
“That drive showed that when we don’t hurt ourselves and when we execute, we can hard to stop and put points on the board,” Jackson said. “I just want to look forward to this weekend and just try and put on a better show.
“We had some good times last game, but we only scored 13 points. So we’re going to make sure we get more points on the board.”
One of the key reasons for Seattle’s success during that time span was the use of the no-huddle offense to keep Arizona's defense off balance. And if that’s what it takes for Seattle to get into an offensive rhythm, Jackson’s fine with it.
“It’s been good for us, so whatever works, I’m down for it. It’s been plenty effective for us. We’ve been able to move the ball with it. And if we keep doing it, I’m fine with it.”
But even when Seattle goes no-huddle, Jackson believes Seattle can still run the ball effectively. Having the play called in early helps him get a better read on the defense and get his team into the right play, Jackson said.
“When you go no-huddle they’re more into a pass-rush mentality,” Jackson said. “So when you get the running game going, it makes it a lot easier to run during the two-minute or no-huddle.
“Anything to get our running game going, if it’s no-huddle and we have to do it like that, that’s fine with me. … You can get up to the line of scrimmage a little sooner and kind of see what the defense is giving you, and you know, ‘Okay, maybe I need to go the other way.’ So you can probably get into the best situations when you go no huddle.”
Jackson also was asked to comment on fellow teammate Sidney Rice’s basketball prowess. Rice was an all-state basketball player in South Carolina and scholarship offers to play basketball at Syracuse and South Carolina.
“I think y’all got that mixed up,” joked Jackson, when asked about Rice’s basketball skills. “He’s pretty good, though. But when I check him, ask him – his points per game go down a whole lot. I had a couple guys on my past team with the Viks check him, and he can shoot the ball.
“So as soon as he crosses half court, you’ve got to get on him, because he’ll hit it. So the other guys were like, ‘If he hits it, he deserves to hit it.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, he’s been hitting it all game.’ So when I get on him, I just pretty much shadow him the whole time around the court. I don’t let him get the ball.
“I lock him down,” Jackson said, laughing. “I’m like Bruce Bowen to Kobe or something. I put the clamps on him. Ask him about that.”
Unlike Bowen, Jackson said he can score a little bit.