Seahawks vs. Chargers: Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst Lead Seattle Into New Era

The Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers square off Thursday evening in a preseason opener at San Diego.

For the Saehawks, it's an important year at the quarterback spot. The post-Matt Hasselbeck Era begins and while Tarvaris Jackson is the starter, it's now or never for backup Charlie Whitehurst. Expect "Clipboard Jesus" to get the bulk of the snaps tonight.

I'm honestly a lot more interested in watching Charlie Whitehurst get some snaps than Josh Portis. I think Portis may have some potential down the line but I think Whitehurst offers more competition for Tarvaris Jackson this season. If Jackson struggles or gets hurt, it looks like Whitehurst is the guy so I'll be looking for him to look poised and comfortable in the offense. He likely won't look good with the shortened training camp and timeframe to install the offense, but that is something I'm looking forward to.

Of the many position that Chargers fans are curious about, inside linebacker is among the most worrisome.

I have yet to talk to a knowledgeable Chargers fan this preseason without hearing the phrase "I'm worried about the Inside Linebacker situation". I understand it, because I'm worried too. Not so much about Jonas Mouton or Donald Butler being a starter, but about the lack of depth there. If two of those guys get hurt, do you know who gets on the field then? I'm not even entirely sure. Kion Wilson, if he makes the team, would be my guess. The undersized Andrew Gachkar might be another option. Neither are very good ones.

For more on the Chargers head over to Bolts from the Blue. For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls. Follow the rest of preseason week one at SB Nation NFL.

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