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Official: Seahawks agree to terms with Brady Quinn

Post by Eric Williams on April 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm with 92 Comments »
April 9, 2013 5:33 pm

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have agreed to contract terms with quarterback Brady Quinn. Here’s the press release.

Seahawks Agree to Terms with Quarterback Brady Quinn

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Brady Quinn have agreed to terms, the team announced this afternoon.

Quinn was originally drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 NFL Draft with the 22nd pick overall pick. He spent three seasons in Cleveland (2007-09), where he played in 14 games with 12 starts. Quinn’s best season in Cleveland came in 2009 when he played in 10 games with nine starts and threw for 1,339 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2010 but would not see action in any games in his two seasons with the team. In 2012, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. With Kansas City, Quinn played in 10 games with eight starts and threw for 1,141 yards with two touchdowns and eight interceptions.

In his career, Quinn has played in 24 games with 20 starts and has completed 296 of 550 pass attempts for 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 185 yards on 44 attempts with one touchdown.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Well at least RW will have a great workout buddy..

  2. Dukeshire says:

    No kidding. Quinn is ripped.

  3. Singularitarian says:

    aaaaannnnddddd…. FACEPALM

  4. Well they saw what they wanted and signed him – although I do think this shows that they DON’T want to be a read option team.

  5. Carlsonkid says:

    I just … umm … well , Ok I guess . The least like Wilson in terms of QB type , and his record as a starter is abysmal . But in Schneider and Carroll we trust ..

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well, if they draft a rookie QB I doubt that Quinn will be around for the season. He is just plain awful!

  7. shoehawks says:

    I’m not surprised. I will also not be surprised if the Seahawks still draft Matt Scott. If he does well enough in the preseason, I don’t expect Quinn to see opening day.

  8. He’s young and has been shuffled around a lot…give ‘em a chance.

  9. Singularitarian says:

    i will be the first to come and eat crow if he ever does anything good in a real game. I hope I never get the chance, I can’t get over the possibility of having this guy as a backup. Take out his game vs Carolina last year and he is a complete bum, worst in the league. Even with that game 2 tds to 8 picks won’t cut it. i want someone who can come in and make some plays and not turn the ball over. I DO NOT see that with Quinn. Man I hope Portis beats him out.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    It will all get sorted out this summer. However, I don’t see a way they keep both Portis and Quinn. I don’t believe Portis has any practice squad eligibility left (although I may be wrong)and they’re not keeping 3 active roster QBs. My guess is Wilson, Quinn / Portis, PS QB. But again, until preseason games are played we won’t know.

  11. Georgia – I just wrote about the “Mighty Quinn.” It’s not on the website yet, as it has to go through the editor first. You were the inspiration for the lyrical title and some of its content.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Every contenders buildin’ with big WRs and and RBs.”
    “Some are building with big O-Lines, others are building D-Lines.”
    ” Every FOs are in despair, even Mr. happy and the Duke boy. ”
    “But when Quinn the QB gets here, not many will jump for joy”

    “Come all without, come all within” “You’ll not see nothing much to like Brady Quinn”

    “Now I like to have the best, I like my QBs good”
    “But guarding like our Guards have done, ain’t gonna do him good”
    “Everybody’s just standin’ ’round ‘neath the trees, feeding pigeons on a limb”
    ” But when Quinn the QB gets here, We will wish a rookie makes second string.”

    “Come all without, come all within”
    “You’ll not see nothing much to like of Brady Quinn”

  13. At this point I find it hard to believe he wasn’t the best option for the seahawks at this point. Pc and js have given me no reason to think otherwise. It will be nice to see this offense without the zone read option though

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lol BobbyK. I really miss Flynn now. I mean Really!

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Are the Seahawks rich?”
    “Who can compare?”
    “We here at last on this blog”
    ” Getting our share ”
    “Where are the clowns?”

    “Isn’t it bliss?”
    “Don’t you approve?”
    ” Why do we bring Four qbs in.”
    ” And one who can’t even move?…”
    “Where are the clowns?”
    “Send in the clowns.”

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Is Ryan Leaf available? How about Farve? Zorn? Unitas? Anyone? Lol.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Ryan Leaf is not available, as a matter of fact:

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Nor is Unitas, but that’s a different story.

  19. princeaden says:

    Ryan Leaf is just a tragedy.

  20. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I like this, don’t love it. And I actually think Quinn is a better fit than Flynn. Yes, I said it.

  21. edstang45 says:

    why can’t I comment on the computer but I can via my phone.. went through this a few months back… I have logged out and logged back into the insider….

  22. edstang45 says:

    anyways I am a bit confused about this signing……but I’m not going to argue with JS or PC……

  23. kurtthekraut says:

    I trust in Pete and John but this signing is bewildering. Does anyone know what the contract details are? If we are paying more than a box of Cheez-itz, we are over-paying. I was a Brady Quinn fan when he was coming out, but once I watch him play at the pro-level, I quickly realized that this is not a NFL-caliber Qb. That said, I am pretty confident the FO has a plan, one that sees to it that Brady never see an on-field snap.

  24. I honestly couldn’t care less who was our backup. If RW goes down we are doomed. If Flynn was our backup and RW went down, we wouldn’t be the same team, not even close. We wouldn’t even be close. I think the fact that we are squabbling about who our backup is is hilarious. Without Russell Wilson this isn’t a championship caliber team. Unless of course Aaron Rodgers was our backup.

  25. vichawkfan says:

    nice article Bobby.
    Now, this may seem like a waste, but given our pro-bowl QB makes something like 600-700k to play football – there’s no way in hell they sign a back-up that has any kind of street cred. I bet the thing they liked the most about him was his desire to improve and study in the QB room. That’s all RW really needs for a sidekick….competition on working off the field. I give it a B.

  26. vichawkfan says:

    any new info on Mr Winfield at VMAC today?

  27. bbnate420 says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Quinn in the NFL, but I trust PC/JS. Not that they’re perfect, but you’d think people would get tired of being wrong about them. He just needs to protect the ball if he gets into a meaningful game. We all hope he doesn’t. I hope he spends less time doing curls and more studying with RW.

    I bet they still draft a QB. Quinn, Portis and the rookie will battle it out. Let the best man win. Certainly not as important as the 3 way QB battle last TC.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    Whatever contract they have him doesn’t matter until he makes the 53 week 1. I highly doubt it’s more than the vet minimum anyways. It’s not like anyone was beating down his door.

  29. Quinn sucks, and this would be a championship level team with or without RW. Our defense, and running game are damn good enough to help lift the team up should RW falter. Backing up RW is still important, and I have more confidence in Portis who’s done nothing than Quinn who’s proven to suck throughout his career. Draft can’t be here soon enough

  30. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Fortunately it’s only April 9th and there is a lot of time for the backup QB situation to sort itself out. This coaching staff has hit waaay more home runs than foul balls. I would trust they know what they are doing and have a feel for what they need.

    Quinn has had a pretty awful career so far, but has also been on some terrible teams. This Seahawks club has more talent than he has ever played with. We are not going to ask this guy to win 13 games next season. I mean, we are all very hopeful he never plays outside of preseason and the occasional blowout, 4th quarter mop up to give Wilson some rest.

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. I’m actually glad it wasn’t Lienart as he passed on the job a few years back cause he didn’t want to compete to start and chose to remain The Texan’s backup.

    This may be good for Portis and may push him to work his ass off and take the backup spot. He has the time in the system and should be able to better Quinn.

  31. bbnate420 says:

    If nothing else, hopefully this will curb the Tebow talk.

    Earth to Hawks85, running and defense alone doesn’t win you SBs anymore. It’s not 1985.

  32. Quinn is atrocious. Worse than Clipboard Jesus. The man has never had a single game at the NFL level that was above bad. The game after the Chiefs player murder/suicide was his only start above awful, and that is mostly due to the rest of the team playing out of their minds, obviously. The guy is total garbage.

    Seattle is going to draft a qb high, perhaps with their second round pick. If Manuel is there, they are taking him.

    Wallace is just too old, or he’d be it. And Leinart is trash, if we ever had any doubt. He just lost out to Brady Quinn. For real.

    Yep, Im bummed. I wanted Wallace. He must really be old and run like it, or else he would have beat out Quinn. All I can say is at least we didnt swap second round picks and lose a third, or I would seriously freak out.

    Quinn might be okay on practice, but he cant do anything in a real game setting at the NFL level. God, I hope this is a smokescreen and we’re after a guy like Manuel.

  33. Ok, the only guy worse than Quinn is Tebow. Thank GOD this will put the Tebow crap to rest.

  34. Well, they must have seen more from Quinn that Leinart, Thigpen, and Wallace. I don’t know what that means. I’m sure they’ll draft a QB… Well, I hope they will. But there was Quinn in 2007…

    Interesting to see who else was picked in that draft: currently on Hawks: Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, Sidney Rice, Brandon Mebane.

    Other QBs in that draft: JaMarcus Russell (1) Brady Quinn (22) Kevin Kolb (36) John Beck (40) Drew Stanton (43) Trent Edwards (92) Isaiah Stanback (103) Jeff Rowe (151) Troy Smith (174) Jordan Palmer (205) Tyler Thigpen (217)

    Stellar Draft year for QBs, eh?

  35. Hammajamma says:

    This will not deter them from drafting or signing another QB and letting the chips fall. Has anyone seen the guarantee on Quinn’s deal? I would guess they’d be wiling to waste it to keep a better prospect, should it come to that.

  36. bbnate420 says:

    I’m 99% sure there’s no guarantee in Quinn’s deal. Whatever it is counts against the cap now and will for 2013 if they don’t release him before week 1. I would bet it’s a vet minimum deal, and vet deals are fully guaranteed for the year if he’s on the 53 come week 1 of the regular season.

  37. bbnate420 says:

    I wouldn’t expect them to sign another vet QB, unless someone unexpectedly get released. I certainly don’t think it deters them from drafting a QB, though I’d be surprised if it was in the 2nd round. Maybe if Manuel was still there.

  38. FleaFlicker says:

    JS/PC no longer HAVE to get another QB in the draft. But if the guy they want is there, then they pull the trigger.

    Kind of how we landed with RW last year.

    50/50 shot that Quinn is on the final 53.

  39. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, I’m no fan of Quinn, but he’s, “Never had a single game at the NFL level that was above bad.” Really? Exaggerate much? In the interest of truth and fairness:

    12/2/12- 19/23, 201 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 97.6 QBR, 132.1 QB rating.

    11/22/09- 21/33, 304 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 79.1 QBR, 133.1 QB rating.

    12/6/09- 25/45, 271 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 63.2 QBR, 95.7 QB rating.

    11/6/08- 23/35, 239 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 77.9 QBR, 104.3 QB rating.

    That’s 4 games far above bad.

  40. edstang45…try deleting your cookies and then logging back in.

  41. That Quinn actually won the competition out of the four who were selected kind of impresses me to be honest. People posting here would have you think they just lined the four of them up in a row and decided which one looked best in shorts, a helmet and a red jersey. There’s probably a lot more to the evaluation process than most of us here even realize.

    I will echo the sentiments of another poster earlier in this thread: there are quite a few too many fans here that are fussing about a backup QB. Not just a backup, but a backup up who sits behind one of the hottest young, up and coming QB’s in the NFL right now. “OMG! What happens when he gets hurt?!” If that happens, then like 99.9% of the other teams in this league that lose their franchise QB, the Seahawks will be in some deep doo.

    Trying to formulate the ultimate contingency plan for replacing your star QB is absolute lunacy. It’s armchair, FFL type of rationality. If Matt Ryan goes down who’s replacing him? Who’s replacing an injured Joe Flacco? Jay Cutler? Tony Romo? Matt Stafford?

  42. ST, I read that Seneca’s arm is gone. Hard to know about that but other teams are sniffing at him so maybe not.

    Bringing in 4 to compete was designed to bring in the best of what was available to do so. Above and beyond skills they probably wanted to see who would embrace the competition side of the day. I’d bet BQ’s attitude was far and away a deciding factor.

  43. Better than bringing in Tebow (a crazy NY media rumor).
    But if RW gets hurt for anything more than a game or two, it’s season over.
    Quinn has proven he’s not an NFL caliber QB.

  44. chuck_easton says:

    And to think about a week ago we were talking (arguing) about why Flynn “just had to go…”. The argument was back then by many on here that we ‘didn’t need a good backup because RW is superman…” OK I paraprase there.

    I bet if we could do a re-wind there would be a whole bunch more pro Flynn as a Seahawk people now! :)

  45. Ewalters7354 says:

    Brady Quinn is not worse than Whitehurst STTBM.Both suck, but Whitehurst has no business in the NFL.The guy has a strong arm but does nothing but check down all game.Shameful to say he was on this team.

  46. Ewalters7354 says:

    Wallace is closest to RW in terms of running.That’s about it. Remember the Bears games years ago when he overthrew a wide open John Carlson constantly? Or how about when he was scrambling out of bounds and just threw the ball into the hands of a Bear defender? The guy sucks!

  47. chuck_easton says:

    Whitehurst must be a real good cook and brings gourmet dishes to all the QB meetings. Why else would he leave Seattle and go right back to the Chargers roster?

    You know, the team we gave a 3rd round draft pick to so that we could have Charie’s ‘talents’ on our team for a couple of years?

    Guy’s only played for two teams his whole career and the majority of that was with SD on two different stints.

  48. First off, it’s a backup QB. Secondly, it’s a backup QB. Thirdly, this guy never had a chance in CLE (horrendous team with no talent around him), KC (horrendous team, married to Cassel due to salary), or DEN (married to Tebow due to salary). It’s not a shock that he impressed the Hawks given that Lionheart, Wallace, and Thigpen were his competition.

    As long as he’s coachable and a positive presence in the locker room, I have no problem with him holding a clipboard for the Hawks.

  49. is it true they’re considering bringing back rick mirer to compete for backup qb?

  50. chuck_easton says:


    There is no question the team thought he was the better QB of the four they brought in this week or they wouldn’t have signed him.

    The point I make is is he better than what was already here? Quinn is a 7 year vet. So, say the team signs him for the veteran minimum. With 7 years that means 1 million for the season. I’m guessing it’s going to be higher. Like around 2 million.

    So, the team saved 1.25 million in cap space 2 million for Quinn + 4 million still counted from Flynn = 6 million cap hit. To have kept Flynn would have been a 7.25 million cap hit.

    I’m not so sure a 2014 5th round draft choice and a savings of 1.25 million is jusstification enough for taking what was a strong overall QB position and arguably making it weaker.

  51. Ewalters7354 says:

    It had to be something behind closed doors that caused the FO to trade Flynn.Just looking at the situation from the outside you could see that Flynn wasn’t happy and Pete wasn’t ecstatic about what Flynn had showed.From the hawkblogger article, it was clear Matt was outplaying both RW and Tjack.So I can only assume that either his attitude or work ethic didn’t wow Pete.And noticed how early in the season when asked about Flynn Pete’s whole expression would change..

  52. raymaines says:

    I seem to have a knack for making the last post on dieing thread. About 12 hours and two threads ago I wrote:

    As always, I don’t have any idea about Brady Quinn or any of the other guys but despite the “lightning-in-a-bottle” RW pick I don’t have much faith in JS&PC’s ability to pick a QB. They paid too high a price for CBJ, fired #8, handed a starting job to T-Jack, and traded the best backup in the NFL for little or nothing.

    I’m thirsty and there’s Kool-Aid out there, but I’m a little worried about my Seattle Seahawks. Somebody please tell me why The Mighty Quinn is the next coming of Earl Morral.

  53. bbnate420 says:

    It’s fairly clear that the Hawks, and obviously most every other team since they didn’t bother to make a play for him thinks that Flynn sucks.

  54. raymaines says:

    I think if I were a 49’ers fan I wouldn’t be too interested in this Seattle move. Percy Harvin and all the D-Line moves would worry me, but not Brady Quinn.

    I’m thinking there isn’t any guarantee money and there still might be a QB drafted. Or not. Just depends on who falls to a value position. Go Hawks.

  55. bbnate420 says:

    raymaines, Hass sucks at this point. It’s totally unsubstantiated speculation that he could’ve done ANYTHING in 2011-2012! You should put the TJack signing in proper context. I highly doubt they thought TJack would be a franchise QB. They made a prudent move. Now they have a #1. Suck it~~~~~~~~~~~

  56. trout_hound says:

    Relax, people. We’ll draft a gem late round QB or else a gem UFA, and let them all complete for a back up spot. Quinn is a good locker room guy and a film room junkie. We’ll be fine. In PC/JS we trust.

    On a Flynn note, this article by Hawk Blogger was a bit eye opening. I didn’t realize he was more gunslinger than game manager. He’ll probably do surprisingly well with the Raiders.

  57. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, Flynn has proven NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    ray, quinn is a back up nothing more. as far as the choices at QB, CBJ was what was available, matt was done and would have spent most of season on IR behind that line. again Tjack was a bridge QB,

    quinn, has never had a good team behind him and the coaching has been questionable where ever he has played. i actually think he mite end up being a good back up in a run first offense with good receivers. i still would have preferred vince young but that’s just me

  59. Ewalters7354 says:

    I’m pretty sure the Hawks aren’t worried about Colt McCoy either.

    In all honesty the niners are in worse shape having a raw/inaccurate starter that isn’t guaranteed to make the impact he made when he snuck up on teams.Dudes good, but I would still have concerns as a fan.Then there’s ole Colt “noodle armed” McCoy who just finds a way to give games away.We can say he was on a poor team with no talent (just like Brady Quinn), but the stats don’t lie.

  60. Ewalters7354 says:

    Flynn has proven nothing because he never got the fair shot he deserved.The guy earned a chance based on his previous two starts, but for some reason he wasn’t allowed to showcase his talent. Hopefully he’ll get the chance to prove himself.

    Btw I’m not saying he’s the sure thing.

  61. bbnate420 says:

    We’re really not going to get a good look at Flynn. He’s on a suck ass team now.

  62. bbnate420 says:

    It’s probable he wasn’t Steve Young caliber though.

  63. PugetHawk says:

    I’d rather have Vince Young over Quinn

  64. princeaden says:

    Eric Williams, Do you know if James Carpenter and Stephan Williams will be ready for OTA’s or training camp ?

  65. Ewalters7354 says:

    I believe what separates a Franchise QB is the ability to make their better.Agree?

  66. bbnate–Nice job digging up the stats. I exaggerated badly, I admit it. I’ve seen him play for all three teams, and not once have I seen him play well–so Im prejudiced.

    I wonder how many of those games he won? One good game last year out of 8 starts, one win, two good games in 09 and one in 08?! Not impressive. This guy has had the chance to win the starting job for three teams. Teams that sucked yes, but teams that had some talent on offense. And each and every time, he failed and wasnt even kept around as a backup.

    He was given every opportunity in Cleveland, and they finally gave up on him even though he was a first round pick.

    Its just sad that we have to end up with Quinn as a backup. There’s no way he’s close to as good as Flynn. Im with those that are highly suspicious that Flynn was making a pain in the butt out of himself and HAD to be traded. Quinn has had 7 years to show anything, and has shown only that he’s not good enough to start in the NFL. Flynn has had far less opportunity, yet has done more with it.

    He had Decker and Thomas to throw to in Denver, yet was beaten out by Kyle Orton. He go the nod over Cassel, but sucked, even though he had Jamaal Charles to run the ball and Dwayne Bowe to throw to.

    And dude, no need to be rude to other commenters. I also think its fair to question Carrol and companies handling of the qb situation since they’ve been here. Hass played quite well his first year in Tennessee, and its safe to say he would have played just as well or better here. (Yes, the line would have killed him.)

    I understand why they chose T-Jack and Whitehurst, but the fact is Whitehurst was a dud they gave up too much for, and they paid him and T-Jack far more than they had to. They got lucky with Wilson, and so far we have the not-so-Mighty Quinn as a backup (yech!)…

    Too bad we couldnt get T-Jack back. He’d be a much better backup than Quinn. If Buffalo cuts him, I would be stoked to give Quinn his walking papers and take Jackson back.

  67. Quinn is probably quite a bit better than his record. The teams he played for, or got to play for were pretty bad to begin with.

  68. tealskin says:

    I was one of those that thought Flynn was a better option than what else was still avaiable. Aside from finding RW, this FO has not been stellar in dealing with the QB position. Can only guess that the chemistry with Flynn had passed its sell by date. An unhappy teammate is a drag having around. Of all the backup positions, this could be the least important, oddly enough. In the big picture, this is small potatoes.

  69. Experience in backup can’t be overlooked. At very least, and I do mean at VERY least, Quinn has experience in real games in the NFL and the Hawks are wise to throw a vet into the competition for the position of RW’s backup.

    I do have say that during the KC/CAR game last year –

    – Quinn performed quite admirably. Nothing spectacular but when you consider the events that took place prior to kickoff (player suicide) and Quinn’s poignant comments after the game, I think it says a lot about him as a person.

    I guarantee you he hasn’t been given any guarantees by the Hawks that it’s his job to lose. They’ve signed him to give him a shot and if he’s not the best backup, he won’t be on the roster. He should push Portis and that in itself is worth something.

  70. princeaden – I asked that question about Carp a few months ago and the answer was “yes” that they expect Carp to be 100% for OTAs. That really made me feel better.

  71. neklok–I was impressed with Quinn’s comments after the tragedy as well. Especially in light of homophobic/asshat comments he made in his early years in the NFL. It would seem he’s no longer the douche frat boy he was coming out of college. I still think he sucks. He’s had 7 years to show something other than suck, and hasnt managed it.

  72. Seneca Wallace, Brady Quinn and Colt McCoy vying for backup QB gigs. Yes, I wanted Seneca but for sentimental reasons as well as what I thought he could replicate in terms of ability compared to R Dub.

    Nice work Holmgren. It’s no wonder you didn’t last in Cleveland.

    I’ve said many times that I’m thankful to the guy for taking us to our only Superbowl. We did draft some pretty good players during his tenure but overall I thought his player evaluations were good at best, not great.

    IMO…he was condescending and never had any depth beyond the front line. The game has passed him by and quite frankly, it’s been a while.

    I don’t miss him one bit. Onward and upward with PC and JS. Enough of this back up QB chatter. How about more on Winfield, Winston or someone that can start/play lots and actually contribute on the field right away. Heck, let’s start talking about pick #56. This is way to long of a thread for a back up QB. C’mon Eric…throw something new up to distract us.

    Either way, in PC and JS I trust…I’m in.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  73. FleaFlicker says:

    Only two weeks until the draft at least…

  74. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, you’re right. I over reached. I wasn’t trying to be rude to anyone. If I was, I apologize.

    CBJ was certainly a bad move IMO. It’s the worst move that PC/JS have made so far IMO, but I’ll take that any day of the week over

  75. bbnate420 says:

    most bad moves by other teams!

  76. bbnate420 says:

    And I’m no fan of Quinn, as I said. I’m not claiming he’s any good. I was just pointing out that he’s had a few good games.

    I assume we all don’t want to see ANY 2nd string QB play in 2013?

  77. ChrisHolmes says:

    No one should get too worked up about Brady Quinn. If he’s on the roster opening day, I’ll be very surprised.

    We’ll keep two QB’s. My bet is on Portis to have the backup job. But you have to have arms for camp. Quinn’s a good teammate, good guy, good locker room presence, workout warrior, etc. I think he’s just a positive guy that the FO likes and he gives the team an arm to utilize for the next 5 months.

  78. princeaden says:

    Thanks BobbyK, this is good news. Now I just hope PS/JS and Quinn have a Badass, run stuffing D Lineman in their sights. Any thoughts on Brandon Williams from Missouri Southern ?

  79. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, I’m not saying that Flynn is that good or bad. I’m just saying that he hasn’t proven anything over a sustained period of time. I don’t think he’s getting that great o0f an opportunity with the Raiders, sorry E.

  80. Southendzone says:

    Whitehurst to Quinn comparison is invalid. At the time they were hoping to find someone that they thought could become a quality starter. Turned out they were wrong.

    Quinn they want to be a serviceable backup for RW and it costs us zero in terms of draft picks. Maybe he does stink but he’s got some experience and we aren’t looking for him to compete as a starter.

    I also disagree with the thought we will spend a high pick on a QB. Some other teams will overdraft Manuel and Scott, we already found our QB, we’re not looking for it again.

  81. A little too much hand-wringing going on here, methinks. And I was one who argued to keep Flynn and pay him. But I think I’m starting to understand the team’s thinking on this…

    1. If Carroll and Schneider wanted the best available backup NFL QB, they would have continued paying Matt Flynn. Truth is, what they wanted instead was extra cash to re-sign their young starters who are coming into their prime years.

    2. The job of our backup QB will not be to try to perform like Russell Wilson. He won’t be running a lot of option or leaving the pocket often or throwing a lot of deep balls. Trying to do that with a backup QB would be a losing proposition anyway.

    3. If Russell Wilson goes down, there is only one offensive strategy that makes much sense. Hand off to Lynch 30 times, and have a QB with good ball handling skills to run play action off the run, completing short passes to Harvin, Rice, Miller and Turbin when needed. Otherwise, just pound the ball. This team is built to win this way if necessary. For a few games at least, the team can survive, and even pummel weaker teams with this game plan.

    4. Brady Quinn, for all his faults, has good ball-handling skills and is a good play-action QB for that offense.

    5. If Wilson were to go down injured for more than 1/2 the season, the season would be over anyway. The NFC West is currently too good to survive that. So why spend a lot of money on a backup QB trying to do a Russell Wilson impersonation? That’s not what they want. I think Quinn will win the backup job and Portis will soon be gone.

  82. Flynn didn’t want to be here and PC/JS recognized that for team chemistry, and good vibes with the players, it was best to let him go and get something (anything) for him.

    Quinn was apparently the best option out of what was available, and they obviously wanted someone, anyone, with experience to be in the QB mix.

    I suspect Quinn was guaranteed basically zero. Maybe a tiny signing bonus, and the knowledge that he will be able to compete to play.

    It would not surprise me at all to have this end up being a smokescreen of sorts, with the Seahawks spending a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a quarterback, and letting Quinn go after he fails to take root in TC.

  83. oldmanfan says:

    Carroll seems to have a fixation on Notre Dame players.

  84. ChrisHolmes says:

    “Flynn didn’t want to be here and PC/JS recognized that for team chemistry, and good vibes with the players, it was best to let him go and get something (anything) for him.”

    I think that’s spot-on.

  85. “Flynn didn’t want to be here and PC/JS recognized that for team chemistry, and good vibes with the players, it was best to let him go and get something (anything) for him.”

    Agreed, that, and the money savings (presumably to be used to lock up some of our young defensive guys), which Schneider clearly stated was an important part of it.

    I can’t rebut it any better that BBNate did above, but can we stop with the theme that PC can’t judge QB talent? He took one flyer, on Whitehurst, and yes, it didn’t work out. But we didn’t give up the store for him (nor did we sign him to a handcuffing long-term deal like Kolb received); and I don’t fault them much for taking the shot on a mostly unknown quantity. The TJack move made total sense under the circumstances, and time has told us that the Hass move was probably the smart (unemotional) choice as well.

    And then, going against most conventional thinking, PC had the talent evaluation chops, and the guts, to start a 3rd round pick as a rookie over the FA signing that most (including me) assumed had the job.

    PC and JS’ talent evaluation skills are the number one thing that have our team where it is today.

  86. jawpeace says:

    “Separation is in the Preparation” one of Dangeruss’s favorite quotes :)

    That is why I was hoping the Hawks signed another Russel as in Jamarcus. Yes he is at the top or near it for the biggest bust for a #1 overall first round pick. But it seems he is serious in his comeback. Never was serious before that. He even confessed that he would spend less than five hours in film study prepping for a game during the whole week. LOL Wilson does that much on a plane ride! The thing is no wonder JR looked so god awful lost on Sunday, with that kind of prep. He had tools no doubt as he would not have been an over all number one pick. If he continued his comeback studying with Wilson. I could see him being a better back up than Quinn and Portis.

    Read more here:

  87. jawpeace says:

    Sorry about the read more part at bottom on above comment.

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