I've been told by fellow reporters and countless friends that I'm one of the biggest "homers" when it comes to my sports following. I'm a Northwest kid, and whether it's my Cougs, Mariners or Sonics (R.I.P.), I would defend to the death their talents and abilities.
Hell, even this season I was kind of bummed when the Storm were eliminated from the WNBA playoffs (kidding of course).
But with all jokes aside, I am going 1,000 percent against my ways this NFL season, and hope my Seattle Seahawks go 0-13 the rest of the season and look atrocious in doing so.
My reasoning is simple. Two words, three syllables: Andrew Luck. The 6-foot 4-inch, 235-pound quarterback is without question going to be the No. 1 draft choice in the 2012 NFL draft simply because he is the best athlete not just in the Pac-12, but in the country.
In Stanford's first three wins this season, the senior quarterback has been brilliant by tossing for eight touchdowns, one interception and amassing 786 yards. What's most impressive about Luck's game however is his accuracy. Luck has completed more than 67 percent of his passes and currently has a QB rating of 173.4.
So far in his career, Luck has thrown for 53 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions and has been the most dominant player in the Pac-12 during the past few years. What I love most about Luck's game is that he's a born leader. He has taken Stanford from a joke in the division, to a national contender that makes noise from coast to coast.
Luck is exactly what the Seahawks (1-2) need as they build toward the future with second year Head Coach Pete Carroll. When you look at the Seattle offense, the term anemic comes to mind. Through three games, the Hawks are averaging 10 points per game, and this weekend only managed to muster up 13 points in the 13-10 victory against Arizona.
Seattle's current quarterback Tarvaris Jackson does not have the moxy nor spunk to be a starting QB in the NFL. As matter of fact, he shouldn't even be in the Canadian Football League. In the first three games of the season, Jackson has an embarrassing QB rating of 73.7, has only two touchdowns and four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles).
The 28-year old QB has had plenty of chances in Minnesota and showed he couldn't be the starter, so I don't know why the 12th man thought he could come into Seattle and put up respectable numbers. The Seattle offense is a complete joke, and a change is needed at QB as soon as possible. For all you Charlie Whitehurst fans out there, please don't get me started. Giving him a $12 million deal is second on my list on worst contract deals in Seattle history.
Number one of course is when Wally Walker essentially slapped my childhood hero Shawn Kemp in the face when he gave center Jim Mcllvaine a seven-year, $33.7 million deal. This effectively drove Kemp out of Seattle, leading to his weight gain and Clay "The Devil" Bennett stealing my Sonics and moving them to Oklahoma, but I digress.
The bottom line is that with Jackson as QB, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Although Luck couldn't come in and lead Seattle to a Superbowl next season, he could transcend the offense and bring the Hawks back to a respectable level in the NFL.