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This is the last of four pieces where Bob Kaupang offers his opinion on the quarterback options for the Seahawks.
By Bob Kaupang(Bobby K)
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If the Seattle Seahawks do not sign a free agent quarterback such as Matt Flynn or PeytonManning and if it doesn’t believe Tarvaris Jackson is the answer in 2012, what are their bestoptions to improve the position as the draft approaches?
Why I want him: After Andrew Luck and RGIII, who will be long gone by the time Seattle picks, itseems as if Tannenhill is considered the best quarterback in the draft. He’s very talented, has astrong arm, and has the mobility that Pete Carroll seems to covet. As the third draft for Carrolland John Schneider approaches, I don’t think they can pass on the quarterback position foranother year.
Why I don’t: If people aren’t sold on Matt Flynn because he’s inexperienced, they are reallygoing to have a problem with Tannenhill and his limited experience. While Flynn will costmoney, he will cost no draft picks. Tannenhill will cost a high pick, even though his rookiecontract won’t be a big burden to the salary cap. The only difference in that scenario is thatFlynn is ready to take over an NFL franchise now and Tannenhill is not. Lastly, if the Seahawksbank on selecting Tannenhill with the 12th pick in the draft, what happens if he’s already beentaken? That is a scenario I’m not interested in chancing.
Why I want him: Meet “Priority Number One” last off-season. I can see why the Seahawks letHasselbeck walk last year after committing to a rookie right side of its offensive line. We all knew there would be growing pains and it’s probable that he would have had to miss time early in the season with injury, as he is older and isn’t as mobile as he used to be.
However, now that the overall offense looks to be in great shape, led by a dominant running game, it would be the first time that he actually had some legitimate help on offense in Seattle in a long time.
As he proved early last season when Kenny Britt was healthy in Tennessee, he can still effectively lead an offense at a high level if he has the necessary talent around him. Seattle will have all the help he would need next season.
I seriously doubt it would take much to acquire him and he could help mentor a potential rookie draft pick. If the team seriously wants to “compete” to the best of its ability, then Hasselbeck gives the 2012 Seahawks the best chance at success if other scenarios don’t work.
Why I don’t: His ship has sailed in Seattle and his age and health are factors. This would also bea stop-gap solution and the Seahawks need a long term solution at quarterback.
Kevin KolbWhy I want him: Kevin Kolb reminds me of Matt Hasselbeck at about his age. The arm strengthand athletic ability are similar. I don’t believe he’s a bust that many others do either. Hewas groomed in a version of the West Coast Offense under Andy Reid and then he went toArizona and things certainly didn’t work out in year one in his new system. Sure, he had Larry Fitzgerald, which any quarterback would love, but the rest of the receivers and the entire offensive line isn’t as good as some people seem to think it is.
Why I don’t want him: If Arizona signs Manning, there is a good chance that Kolb gets released.In that scenario, I’d be more than happy if the Seahawks signed him at a reasonable deal andcan’t think of any reason I wouldn’t want him in Seattle.
Why I want him: I want someone like him, as a person, to take the keys to this franchise thatfans can be proud of to represent the team in the best possible manner. From all scoutingreports, he looks and seems to be a good player with potential, too.
Why I don’t: I only saw one Michigan State game this past season and it was when the Spartanslost at Nebraska. In that contest he was 11-27 for 86 yards and an interception in a 24-3 loss.He did not look good. However, it was one game and anyone who has ever played a sport cantell you that everyone has had a bad game in their past.
Robert Griffin III
Why I want him: I would rather have Andrew Luck in the draft, but he appears untouchablefor the Indianapolis Colts now that they have released Peyton Manning. However, RGIII isn’t abad consolation prize if you miss out on Luck. He’s got the on and off-field skills that everyonewould like in a franchise quarterback.
Why I don’t: At minimum, I think it would take first and second round draft picks this and nextyear to land the rights for a quarterback who has never taken a snap in the NFL. At this point, Ithink that’s too much to give up for a quarterback who has never played in the NFL.
Who do you hope lines up under center for the Seattle Seahawks to start the 2012 season andwhy?