Seahawks are hope-less

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (L) throws a pass while being pressured by Chicago...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (L) throws a pass while being pressured by Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers in the second quarter of their NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago December 18, 2011. (REUTERS/Frank Polich)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 PM ET

At this time of the year, if your team is not playoff bound it would be nice to offer them a little hope.

Head coach Pete Carroll, instead, tossed the Seattle Seahawks’ fans an anvil.

Via the Seattle Times, Carroll said that in 2012, Tarvaris Jackson will be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback.

This is not the news you want to hear when you’re facing another dreary and rain-filled winter in the Pacific northwest. Jackson is borderline capable but he is not the guy that is going to lead a team to heights of greatness.

Right now he is the best the Seahawks have but instead of allowing the team’s fans to dream of better things through the winter, Carroll gave them a slap in the face.

“That’s where we are,” Carroll told the Times regarding Jackson. “That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all of the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position. But (for) T-Jack, understanding what this season has been like for him is really important.”

On the season, Jackson has gone 7-6 as a starter, completed 60.2% of his passes for 2,869 yards, tossed 13 TD passes and had 12 passes intercepted.

“That’s a vote of confidence,” Jackson said. “That’s good. But you know how fast things can change. I understand that part of the game. It’s not going to affect me, period.”

Tip for Seahawks fans — drink heavily and drink often.

BENGALS LOWER TICKET PRICES FOR 2012

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals are at home, facing the Baltimore Ravens and fighting for their playoff lives.

With a win they will nail down the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC and in the process could open the door for Pittsburgh to snatch the AFC North crown from the Ravens’ grasp.

The game was a natural for ticket sales and for a change of pace Bengals fans got off their wallets and shelled out resulting in a sellout, just the second sellout of the season for the franchise.

In an effort to create more sellouts for next season, the Bengals announced they will reduce ticket prices for 2012. The Bengals decided to cut prices instead of waiting for a young team to grow and create its own excitement.

Some call that being proactive, others say it discounts the product.

“We have a young team trending in the right direction,” said Bengals’ executive vice president Katie Blackburn. “We are pleased to share this new price structure with our fans in an attempt to make some seats more affordable. We have a great home schedule in 2012 and look forward to it being an exciting season that builds upon this year’s success.”

The Bengals’ 2012 home schedule will include dates against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, as well as division rivals Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

You’d think that would sell itself.

MATT WHO?

Get ready for the Matt Flynn flying circus on Sunday.

Matt who?

Flynn is the backup quarterback for Green Bay’s wonder boy Aaron Rodgers but Sunday against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to get the majority of the snaps as the Packers will opt to give many of their starters the day off.

It could turn out to be a showcase day for Flynn, who will become a free agent at the end of the season. And god knows there are plenty of teams out there who would have killed to have a decent backup quarterback on their roster this season.

“If I get an opportunity to play, I just want to go in there, execute and put points on the board,” Flynn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I want to go out there, run the offence, take what’s given to me. My goal as a backup quarterback is to try my best to not let there be a huge drop-off at the position.

“There are guys in this league that fall into the trap of thinking they’re in a contract year and they have to play good for the future. But that’s a trap you have to avoid. You have to really take it day by day and look at the now, not what’s going to happen.”

It may be his day to shine.

ALL SHANAHAN HAS ARE EXCUSES

Mike Shanahan deserves the right to come back for a third season as head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Who says so? How about Mike Shanahan.

In two seasons running the show in Washington, the Redskins have been spinning their wheels. In 2010 they went 6-10 and with a victory Sunday against Philadelphia, they could match that record in 2011.

Shanahan, who earlier this week admitted it has taken longer to rebuild the Redskins than he initially imagined, said he expects to be back for year three in the five-year, $35-million contract he signed in January of 2010.

“No, there’s no doubt in my mind,” he said when asked. “Hopefully there’s no doubt in Dan’s (owner Daniel Snyder) mind, too. That would be the bigger guy to ask.”

Shanahan said the Redskins had less depth and talent than he believed when he accepted the job. You’d think he’d have known that.

It’s a standard excuse used by a coach or GM who has been unable to move the needle.

“It’s going to take some time to do it right,” he added.

Right now that’s all Shanahan can offer — excuses.


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