SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – On February 5th, Super Bowl Sunday, we will all sit in our living rooms with a pile of snacks and watch two teams that aren’t our beloved Seahawks. Let’s take this opportunity to look forward and ponder the big question this offseason: To quarterback or not to quarterback?
The powers that be in the Seahawks organization essentially have three options:
1. Tarvaris Jackson – Like the rest of the Seahawks, Jackson had stretches of greatness and incompetence this season. After an awful start, he led the team on a 5-1 run before dropping the last two games of the season. Coach Pete Carroll endorsed Jackson as the starter for next season saying, “That’s where we are. 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.”
Choosing this option allows the Seahawks to use their 12th overall pick in this years entry draft to fill a void or beef up another position. Quinton Couples, a DE from North Carolina, could help an already very good Seahawks defense become great. At 6-6, 285lbs, Couples had 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading 10 sacks in 2011. If Couples goes higher than 12 in the draft, a solid “almost as good” selection would be DE Nick Perry from USC. At 6-3, 250lbs, Perry led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks this season.
2. Draft a Quarterback – If the decision makers don’t feel Tarvaris Jackson is the guy that will lead the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl and don’t see Charlie Whitehurst or Josh Portis as viable options, using their pick to draft a quarterback is a possibility. That being said, there is zero chance that Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, the two best QB’s in the draft by a wide margin, will be available by the time we get to the Seahawks’ 12th pick. The next best option is Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M. Although a broken foot will keep Tannehill out of the Senior Bowl, he is expected to recover by draft day. At 6-4, 222lbs, Tannehill has good size, arm strength and mobility.
3. Matt Flynn – Brett who? Aaron who? After the Green Bay Packers had already clinched the #1 seed and home field advantage throughout this seasons playoffs, Matt Flynn started the final game of the season against the Detroit Lions. In case you missed it, he threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the victory, both of which set all-time Green Bay Packers records. With several teams going after Flynn this offseason he won’t come cheap. The potentially high price tag combined with the fact that he’s unproven (aside from one outstanding game), may mean Flynn is too much of a risk.
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