By Steve Rystephanuk
Cold, Hard Football Facts Favranian
What do the Seahawks see in Tarvaris Jackson that caused them to more or
less anoint him as their 2011 quarterback of the present?
Maybe it\'s the FavreFactor.
We all know that judging talent is sometimes like throwing a beer into the crowd. Sometimes you're the bigger man and come out ahead, sometime you lose the respect of your peers and get clobbered. But maybe, just maybe, Seahawks GM John Schneider knows what he's doing.
First, Schneider parted ways with former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl finalist and all-around baldy Matt Hasselbeck. His new team in Tennessee must feel as though Matt can both drop back three steps and hand off to all-world RB Chris Johnson and help mentor Jake Locker.
But history doesn\'t suggest that the \"Hasselbeck magic\" rubs off very well on his proteges.
Over his tenure in Seattle, his young backups were: David Greene, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye, Jeff Rowe, Mike Teel, J.P. Losman, and Charlie \"Definitely not Bald\" Whitehurst. Any of them seem better off for the experience?
Let\'s move back to Schneider. He worked in Green Bay\'s front office from 1992-96 and 2002-2010, and over most of that span he was enjoying the Brett Favre ride. Backing up BF4 was the easiest job in football -- did these guys ever have to launder their uniforms?
And yet, Schneider saw first-hand that the Favre magic was a real thing. While Favre was hardly a scholar of the game or a guy known for letting people in on his ego trip, his backups had a remarkable string of success.
That\'s four backups who went on to bigger and better things elsewhere. So why not his latest backup, Jackson, who theoretically absorbed Favre\'s most sage and white-bearded advice coming as it did at the end of his career.
Is Schneider a fool for reuniting former second-round pick Jackson with his former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell? That remains to be seen, of course, but taking the chance that Jackson learned something while watching Favre -- vs. the reality that a rookie quarterback taken in any round in this year\'s draft is going to get crushed under the lockout-intensified learning curve -- makes it a chance worth taking.