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This is the third of four pieces where Bob Kaupang offers his opinion on the quarterback options for the Seahawks.
By Bob Kaupang
How would fans of the Seattle Seahawks react if Tarvaris Jackson was traded to the New Orleans Saints for Drew Brees?
Would Seahawk fans be mad that Brees would cost about $15-$18 million more per season than Jackson was set to earn? Would Seahawk fans be mad that all of that money wouldn’t be available for additional help on the team, such as a premium pass rusher in free agency?
Would Saints fans be excited at the prospects of adding $15-18 million more to their payroll for other non-quarterback positions to improve the rest of the team? Would that $15-18 million spent on other areas overcome the cost of losing their franchise quarterback?
As we know, Drew Brees has received the franchise tag and cannot negotiate with any other team in the league. We also know there’s no chance that Brees will end up in Seattle next season (especially straight up for Tarvaris Jackson!).
However, lets speculate and play the “What if?” game.
What if all recent reports of optimism with respect to Peyton Manning are correct? What if Peyton Manning will soon be healthy? What if Peyton Manning is close to his former self by the time training camp begins?
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are franchise quarterbacks, but the difference is that Manning will soon be available. He won’t cost any draft picks, “just” money.
Anyone who says they aren’t interested in paying someone the kind of money Manning may cost would also be the same person who thinks that Brees should be traded because he’s asking for too much.
That doesn’t make sense. If you have a chance at greatness, you need to have the courage and the guts to go for the gusto.
This isn’t meant to be a reckless analysis of why the Seahawks should sign Manning. If team doctors don’t believe in him and would not recommend signing him, then I wouldn’t either.
However, if the thought process is that he’s going to be healthy, then that’s a different story.
Does Peyton Manning fit this offense? Since he doesn’t fit it perfectly, does that mean Seattle should pass on him?
Good coaches know that you put players in a position to succeed. There’s no reason the offensive staff and Manning couldn’t work together to put the best product on the team possible.
It’s not like the offense would drastically change from the philosophy of being a team that wants to run the ball. It wouldn’t. It’s just that when the Seahawks threw the ball, they could do that, too.
Good coaches also know that you need talent to win. I believe Pete Carroll is a good coach. However, the fact of the matter is that the Seahawks haven’t had a winning record in the two years he’s been in Seattle.
Peyton Manning would change that. Great players like Manning make everyone around them better and you can bet that an on-field general like him would help reduce the number of penalties the Seahawks had too many of last season as well.
The Seahawks didn’t have any fourth quarter comeback wins last year. If your philosophy is to run the ball and play good defense, then you know you are going to play in plenty of close games, especially in the play-offs.
When you are in those close games, you need more from the quarterback position than was received this past season.
How comfortable would Seahawk fans be if they needed a touchdown to win the game with two minutes remaining and 75 yards to go with Peyton Manning?
How about asking the same question with Tarvaris Jackson? Perhaps there’s a reason one is worth $4 million and the other $20+ million? If you want to win, sometimes you need to pay the price to put yourself in the best possible situation to earn a Lombardi Trophy.
Whether Tarvaris Jackson or Peyton Manning is the Seahawks starting signal caller when the 2012 season begins, I think all Seahawk fans will agree that it would be ideal if an early round draft pick were used on another quarterback.
This rookie, preferably someone picked in the 2nd or 3rd round (so the 1st round pick could be used on a pass rusher), would hopefully be the future quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
Instead of viewing Manning as a “band-aid” for 2-3 years, he should be viewed as someone who will give this franchise the best possible chance to win a Super Bowl the next few seasons AND someone who will best help develop the young quarterback the Seahawks are about to draft next month.
I don’t think there is any question that a young, talented rookie would learn more from Manning than anyone else in the NFL. Just because the Colts never had a talented back-up to Manning, it doesn’t mean the Seahawks should do the same thing at this point in his career.
If the Seattle’s medical staff is confident that Peyton Manning is healthy enough to resume his NFL playing career at a high level, would you feel more comfortable with a franchise quarterback, like Manning, who makes a lot of money or someone who
doesn’t, like Tarvaris Jackson?
I hope it doesn’t take you long to answer that question.