On finding out the Seattle Seahawks brought quarterback J.P. Losman on board, the first thing that popped in my mind was the image of an ultra-confident 23-year-old with a strong arm who compared himself to Brett Favre and believed he was the best quarterback in the 2004 draft.
Losman was competing against some pretty select company, with Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers all drafted before him in the first round.
This piece by Larry Weisman of the USA Today captures Losman’s confidence heading into the 2004 draft.
Looking back six years later, it certainly appears NFL teams were wise in picking the other three quarterbacks before Losman, as he attempts to battle his way back in the league.
But this article places more of the blame for Losman’s demise in Buffalo on Bills’ coaching staff not showing enough confidence in the Tulane product moreso than his overall play there.
Michael Tunison of the Sporting News asked in December if Losman could be the next Tommy Maddox of the NFL. Maddox, if you recall, was drafted 25th overall by Denver in 1992 as the heir apparent to John Elway, but was out of the league by 1998. Maddox used a successful stint in the XFL to earn a backup job with Pittsburgh in 2002, eventually winning the starting gig when Kordell Stewart faltered.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com confirms previous reports that the Seahawks may be holding off on releasing linebacker Leroy Hill because his $6 million salary is guaranteed for skill and injury. However, Florio goes on to say there is language in the contract that would allow the Seahawks to void the contractual guarantees should Hill be suspended by the National Football League.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes about the NFC West’s shift to more of a ground game in 2010.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports ranks Seattle’s quarterback situation 18th overall in the league.
The Boston Herald reports that former Seahawks cornerback, recently cut by New England, failed a physical. The 35-year-old player dealt with knee issues all of 2009 and is considering retirement.
Some of the mock drafts for 2011 have been showing up recently. My boy Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, has Washington quarterback Jake Locker going No. 1 overall to Buffalo, and Seattle selecting Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus at No. 6 overall.