August 24, 2014 in Sports

Seahawks have quarterback dilemma

Gregg Bell Tacoma News Tribune
 
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SEATTLE – Pete Carroll was barely done listing all that went right for the Seahawks in their most recent exhibition game when the coach got the biggest question of this final week of the preseason.

What is Seattle going to do with Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback behind Russell Wilson?

It’s just about the Seahawks’ only “drama” right now – if there is any way for a Super Bowl champion to have drama in an exhibition season. The final preseason game is Thursday night at Oakland.

“We’re going to go through next week and see what happens,” Carroll said late Friday night after the 34-6 win over Chicago. “It’s real important. (This) week will be a good chance for the other guys to play again.”

In three of the four previous years of the Carroll regime, he has kept just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster to begin the regular season. The exception was in 2011.

The Seahawks must set this year’s regular-season roster by 1 p.m. Saturday.

Carroll has a trusted, ninth-year veteran in the 31-year-old Jackson. He also has a wild card, an athletic but at-times erratic, 25-year-old former Ohio State star and Oakland Raiders starting quarterback into last season, for whom Seattle traded a seventh-round draft choice this offseason.

Those facts are the only certainties surrounding Pryor right now.

At Denver and, to a lesser extent two games ago against San Diego, Pryor looked like he might convince the Seahawks to keep him because he was too potentially wondrous to risk letting go – even though the third quarterback is inactive on regular-season game days.

The Seahawks have produced 64 percent of their 1,005 yards of total offense and 68 percent of their 91 points this preseason when Wilson has been in games. That figures: The starter has triggered 100 of the team’s 176 plays.


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