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.

What do you think? Take the poll below and cast your vote!

Comments (7)
  1. Scott says:

    So Matt Flynn has one great game and its time to make him a franchise quarterback???? I don’t understand.

    1. Jalal says:

      Certainly agree that 2011 looks to be a snanificgitly down year for rookie IDPs at least for now. After free agency and OTAs (if and when, right?) settle the landscape, though, I think there’ll be at least a couple of reasonable linebacker targets.Also agree on your comments on Miller, though I think Nate Irving and a couple of others belong above him and within the top 25-40 overall rookies.Linebackers are surely the easiest to project among the rookie groups, but I’ll continue to counter Jeff’s argument that projecting the other positions is a waste of time. At a minimum, I think it’s possible to project their likely roles. And while it won’t always be perfect, I think we can reasonably put them into tiers in May and tighten those tiers up snanificgitly by August.On the offensive side of the ball, I think Delone Carter has to be comfortably in the top ten rookie running backs and that Jordan Cameron warrants consideration alongside Lance Kendricks behind Kyle Rudolph.VA:F [1.9.11_1134](from 0 votes)

  2. John says:

    Keep Tarvaris and go for the pass rusher. Look at what the NFC Championship game showed yesterday. You can’t have enough pass rushers.

  3. Eddie says:

    Devon Still is a DT/DE from Penn State that can rush the passer. And speaking of Linebacker U, prayers go out to Joe Pa and his family.

  4. Chan says:

    Why draft a quarterback? We can always wait for Matt Barkley next year, or we can trade for Matt Flynn. We need a pass rusher to can get the job done when Chris Clemons or Red Bryant are resting for a few snaps. I wouldn’t mind if we drafted a defensive tackle. And there’s no quarterback we can draft at No.12, so I guess drafting a quarterback is out of the question.

  5. Jeff says:

    With the way he closed out 2011, I’m looking for Tarvaris to have his best year as a pro next year, helping the Hawks to 9 or 10 wins. Keep him and shore up other areas. Of course you’ll have to bring in a third QB to fill Charlie’s spot.

    1. Pankaj says:

      Well, we certainly don’t force noynae to follow our advice or analysis. It’s all just food for thought. We’re/I’m not above being questioned and don’t take any offense. In fact, I prefer that people form their own opinions and use us for further eval.Alex Green is being over-drafted and over-valued in my opinion. He’s not a bad looking back but not much that I have seen at Hawaii leads me to believe that he will be a great NFL back. I do like that he could be a three down back but I like quite a few backs above him. That Hawaii offense just doesn’t project well to the NFL unless you’re looking for possession or slot receivers in most cases.With rookies you won’t hear me use a lot of absolute statements. I like Johnny White more than Green and do believe he’s the best back that most hadn’t heard of, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll be a great NFL back.VA:F [1.9.11_1134](from 0 votes)

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