Today in his regular appearance on KJR 950-AM with Mitch Levy, SI’s Peter King voiced what I had been mulling over in my mind for the past, few weeks – could the Seattle Seahawks be interested in Florida quarterback Tim Tebow?
King made an interesting case for Tebow heading to the Pacific Northwest.
ESPN’s Mike Sando argues that Seattle would have little interest in Tebow because he probably would require a second or third-round pick, and the Seahawks have too many other needs to take that much of a risk on a developmental quarterback that high in the draft. And I tend to agree.
However, King brings up some interesting points as to why the Seahawks might be a good fit for Tebow.
* Tebow needs a couple “red-shirt” years to develop, and there would be no pressure for him to play early with a quality, veteran quarterback like Matt Hasselbeck already in the fold.
* Hasselbeck is probably one of the best quarterbacks to learn from. Hasselbeck won’t feel threatened by Tebow possibly taking his job, and he would be a good mentor for a young quarterback working on his mechanics and learning the game like Tebow.
* You can’t get any farther from Florida in the NFL than Seattle, so Tebow could finally escape the fish bowl of Gainesville. Seattle is a place where Tebow would actually play second fiddle to Jake Locker.
* St. Louis Rams general manager said something that struck me at the combine this week:
“I've come full circle. If you don’t have the intangibles to play that position. . . .To me the physical skills are almost the easy part now for these kids. There’s so much that goes into being a quarterback in the NFL. The work ethic that you have to have. The leadership. The time that you put in. The media scrutiny. If you can't handle all that stuff, you're going to have a hard time performing on the field.”
Following along those lines, besides perhaps Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, I don’t think a quarterback in the draft has the intangibles that Tebow has. He’s led his teams to two national titles and won the Heisman Trophy, so you know he’s a winner. He’s going to come in and work hard. He’s a team guy. And he’s a guy that other players will follow, which I think might be the most important characteristic for a quarterback. And he’s a gamer that will rise to the level of play at the end of the game.
The only thing I would question is what kind of teaching Tebow will get everyday at practice. In the past the Seahawks have had excellent coaching at the quarterback position with Mike Holmgren and Jim Zorn, so I’m interested to see how new Hawks QB coach Jedd Fisch will do, but his resume looks good.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.