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Seahawks expected to pursue signing of QB Brady Quinn

Post by Eric Williams on April 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm with 56 Comments »
April 9, 2013 12:44 pm
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

It appears that Brady Quinn is the winner of the four-man audition to compete for the reserve quarterback role on the Seattle Seahawks roster.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Seattle was most impressed with Quinn after Monday’s workout, and hope to reach an agreement with the former first round pick.

The Seahawks have not confirmed this report.

Seattle had Quinn, Matt Leinart, Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace all in for a throwing session and physical on Monday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wallace is scheduled to work out for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

Quinn, 28, served as the backup for Matt Cassel in 2012, starting eight games last season and finishing 1-7 as a starter. For his career, the 6-foot-4, 232-pounder out of Notre Dame is 4-16 as a starter in the NFL.

However, Brady is strong-armed, athletic and familiar with the West Coast offense. He worked under the tutelage of former Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn while in Kansas City.

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  1. Let’s just get Zorn.

  2. I think the best thing to come out of that tryout was the signing of Brett Swain

  3. WiscCory says:

    The best #9 in Seahawks history…Norm Johnson.

  4. apologies for cross-posting…

    People are already calling Quinn a bad fit as the ‘polar opposite’ to Russell Wilson…

    I think they are missing the point. There isn’t another Russell Wilson. To backup for the Seahawks, Carroll wants a QB who has good ball handling skills, can run play action, hand the ball and Lynch, and play action passes to Harvin and Rice. They aren’t going to have a backup QB running the option of throwing down field a lot. Quinn should be a good fit for the backup job.

  5. I don’t have a strong opinion about Quinn, other than that he seemed like an intelligent guy in his comments after that awful shooting by the Chiefs LB. Hopefully, he’s good enough to manage a game or two, if that unhappy situation arises.

    Glad they didn’t go w/Leinart, I never liked what I saw from him in the NFL. And glad they didn’t kick the tires on Tebow, for reasons stated on here earlier.

  6. boucherm says:

    My concern is that Quinn still has a starter mentality, and is willing to chance turnovers in trying to make plays. A starter has to be more aggressive. I’d think Thigpen and Seneca are more likely to have accepted their back-up roles.

  7. Singularitarian says:

    Quinn is a guy I can’t live with as the backup. I hope this move would be just to push Portis…

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Having a starters mentality ought not be a concern: it’s a positive. Personally, I want a guy that prepares himself as if he was going to start in every game. That way should he have to play, he’s prepared.

  9. oscar_contender says:

    I thought Quinn would be the best fit as well, and I do like his attitude. I am sure he was all in and understands his role as the back up. But, he can see this as an opportunity to compete, play on a winning team, and perhaps down the road a bit get a chance to play for someone else. Showing the league that they will give players shots, trade them to give them chances has to be a huge asset when attracting FA players to southern Alaska.

    After seeing this, I think he will be a good locker room influence as well:

  10. boucherm says:

    Preparing like a strater is great, probably an essential trait for a QB. My concern is that a starter has to take some chances downfield, and in a back-up I want a guy who will know when to win, but also when his role is to just not lose. I think with our D and run game that is an essential distinction.

  11. Never play to “not lose”

  12. I guess I will quote Ronald Reagan here – “Trust but verify.” I trust Carroll will verify that Quinn can still play. If there is any issue he will cut him. Clean and clear for Brady and good for the Seahawks.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    boucherm – I don’t necessarily disagree, but most of that will rely on the playcalling.

  14. If they sign Quinn…its to add a QB in training camp. As always, it will be an open competition for the backup job. I feel the Hawks will draft a QB also. I doubt they will keep three…but who knows!

  15. HonHawksLSB says:

    Well we have one of The Best QB’s in the NFL and Now we have per Skip Bayless The Best Looking QB in the NFL.

  16. ChrisHolmes says:

    I don’t see Seattle keeping three QB’s on the regular season roster, so this will be interesting to see if Quinn beats out Portis and his new2-year deal.

    I liked Quinn the most out of the four guys, so happy with this signing.

  17. Well, I was hoping we’d throw the Jets a 7th for Tebow, but I guess not. for now…

    Quinn is still young, and may prove to be serviceable for a few games.
    If he has to play a big chunk of the season, well…
    I think we’re screwed no matter what backup we have.

    Many of us like the idea of Flynn as a backup for his potential.
    The fact that he is an unknown is more tantalizing than someone who has maybe played more and not played as well.
    In reality, he may just be mediocre. Or not.
    I guess we’ll all find out this coming season if he starts for OAK.

  18. All I can say is I am quite happy and amused that in less than 2 years time there is heated dicussion over who the BACK-UP QB for the Seahawks is going to be and not a neverending month after month (ad nauseam) argument/speculation on who the STARTER should be. I remember being embarassed as a fan that Hasselbeck was booed at a game he was playing poorly in just because people (morons if you will)(even alot of posters here too) thought Whitehurst was the 2nd coming of Tom Brady. (because he had a few good preseason games, so did Mike Teel and where is he now?) Glad those days are long gone and those Whitehurst fans are probably full-on Russell Wilson lovers now (ain’t nothing wrong with that because the kid has got it).

    Here’s to hoping Colon Kaeperprick gets a nice season ending injury this year preferrably in game 2. can’t stand his stupid face..

    And for godssake stop with the TEEEEEbow talk. he’s awful, we all now he’s awful, quit thinking he is worth anything. he’s not. he’s garbage.

  19. DanielleMND says:

    Seneca Wallace has the best career numbers by far of any of those four. Quinn has the worst.

  20. Yawn.

    Baring a RW injury, the more important visit is Antoine Winfield. Whats up with that?

  21. Ewalters7354 says:

    Well here comes the Brady Quinn is not that bad comments…he was in a bad offense yada yada yada

  22. DanielleMND says:

    DFloydd, I’d take Tebow over Quinn.

  23. I’m just talking about who I want to see play in a Hawks’ uniform.
    As a football fan, I’d much rather watch Tebow bowling over random dudes for 1st downs than see some other has-been backup qb hand the ball off and check it down. Or worse still, throw those back breaking picks that kill drives.

    You can’t tell me in all honesty that you are excited about the prospect of watching Brady Quinn or Matt Leinart play for our beloved team?

  24. boucherm says:

    Duke and xcman–playcalling is definitely the biggest factor. But if we’re calling a handful of runs with the back-up in, you and I both know that is the time for play-action. It’s not that I am opposed to Quinn, it’s just that when that play-action shot comes, I want the decision wether to haul it deep or check it down to be on the conservative side with a back-up. I want him to know there is a good team around him, that he doesn’t have to “carry the load” like a starter. I am concerned that with Quinn (and Leinart) that the desire to show what they’ve got, hoping that they’ll get a starting shot elsewhere, leads to the more aggresive throw. The back-up QB for THIS team just can’t be turnover prone. That’s what I mean by playing not to lose, in this case.

  25. DanielleMND says:

    “Baring a RW injury, the more important visit is Antoine Winfield.”

    Thurmond, Maxwell, Lane. We have people who can play nickel corner.

  26. boucherm says:

    I totally agree with Danielle. I know it’s a leap of faith to think that Thurmond will be healthy, but if he is I’m quite content. I also believe Lane will be a very good, starting caliber player. I was confused late in the year that Tru came back to the starting nickel job over Lane.
    Maxwell seems decent, but is so valuable on special teams that I think he needs to be on the roster.
    I don’t see where Winfield fits, except in special packages (Bandit). I’d rather have the $$, if nothing else, to roll over to next year’s cap.

  27. With all due respect Danielle, Thurmond has been so injury prone we can not reliably depend on him at all. And Maxwell and Lane have experience on the outside, very limited playing time in the slot.
    That doesn’t mean they can’t do it, just that they’re not proven yet.

    In my opinion, Winfield would be a great veteran addition to this team, and a significant upgrade over Tru.

  28. Singularitarian says:

    Seems to me that the front office didn’t learn from the Charlie Whitehurst debocle. Quinn has a decent release and a good arm and good height and weight. You can see how he has alot of the makings of a good qb.

    Unfortunately he is not a good qb. He will never be a good qb and you can’t make him a good qb. Just like Charlie Whitehurst. He doesn’t make good decisions, he turns the football over, he just doesn’t have what it takes under the spotlight. If he winds up starting due to a injury to Wilson, Seattle is in BIG trouble. Even with this loaded roster. I wouldn’t feel that way with Tarvaris Jackson as the backup. And I’d have hope with Portis

  29. Singularitarian says:

    Seattle loved the way Charlie looked on paper. So much they gave up a third for him and couldn’t see what others could. He’s not a good qb

  30. DanielleMND says:

    CCVI, true, Thurmond has been injury prone, but even without him, I’d feel comfortable with what we have at CB right now (and it won’t shock me if we draft one). I can’t say the same for our backup QB situation.

  31. Ewalters7354 says:

    Most times I noticed poor coverage on Wagner’s part(which will improve in time)that had this defense struggling.Add to that the most inconsistent pass rush in the league and you have what we had last season.Not to mention Conservative Gus! But I believe we’ll see a much improved 3rd down defense this upcoming season.

  32. I hope he has a starter’s mentality and work ethic.

  33. @Sing I whole-heartedly agree with your analysis on QB scouting by our front office. But I try to balance it out in my head with the fact that our last two real quarterback pick-ups were Wilson and Flynn. Both good QBs.

    Looking at those moves is that only thing that gives me hope our front office has learned how to scout quarterbacks better.

    But man are those Whitehurst and T-Jack moves hard to forget.

  34. How does the national media always out-scoop our local talent at the Tribune on moves like these?

  35. I believe the seahawks are an offensive threat without the read zone option. So for Quinn as a backup, understandable. Mostly because of pc and his compete ethics at every position all the time. Just happy it isn’t tebow! Or do I just value a passing ability in an NFL qb to much?

  36. oscar_contender says:

    Seriously, this is cracking me up how much we are talking about our back up QB. Even Clipboard Jesus was able to win a clutch game for us vs the Rams that put us in the Beast Quake game. And how good is he? It goes to show we are truly reaching for something to either complain about, or to critique. I love it! It just shows how loaded our team is when we are left with a Portis/Quinn debate at #2. So THIS is what it is like to have a franchise QB!

    Go Hawks!

  37. DanielleMND says:

    Opiewon, Quinn’s “passing ability” results in more picks than TDs. That’s not the case for Tebow.

  38. DanielleMND says:

    “So THIS is what it is like to have a franchise QB!”

    I think the Colts found out what life was like without their franchise QB when they didn’t have a qualified QB behind him.

  39. oscar_contender says:

    How long did Peyton Manning play before that injury?

  40. oscar_contender says:

    You would think Dangeruss was Mr. Glass or something the way everyone talks injuries around here :)

  41. Ewalters7354 says:

    The reason Tebow throws less picks is because he underthrows those too…

  42. DanielleMND says:

    “How long did Peyton Manning play before that injury?”

    The point is that you can’t predict if or when your franchise QB is going down. Acting like he never will, so you can have anybody on the bench behind him, is tempting fate.

  43. oscar_contender says:

    Russell Wilson’s injury history:

    Notice something? Plus he played two sports in college, so durability is one of his greatest strengths.

  44. DanielleMND says:

    “The reason Tebow throws less picks is because he underthrows those too…”

    Look at the stats. Not only are Quinn’s worse than Tebow’s, they’re worse than the other three QBs the team worked out. Sorry, this move is the first in a long time that left me scratching my head.

  45. DanielleMND says:

    oscar_contender, a history of durability doesn’t guarantee future durability.

  46. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m scratching my head that any of the four were signed. Hopefully Portis or a rookie will step up and take the backup position.

  47. oscar_contender says:

    Have you ever watched the film Unbreakable? Some are born fragile, like Mr. Glass, and others are born solid. There can be work, diet, and other factors that can make you nearly injury free forever. Some people just have it, some do not. Yes, I will admit, there are freak accidents that “could” happen, but not likely. If we were talking RG3 here, maybe there would be something, but Wilson has been healthy and it is more likely going to continue as opposed to him falling apart. I would even argue his size is helping him stay injury free as those of a shorter stature, as I well know, are less prone to injury due to a compact build, agility, and low center of gravity. We even have a longer lifespan, go figure :) Look for us to grab a rookie too, so this may not be the end of the reserve role, I mean we have to comPETE after all!

    Not every team will have Steve Young sitting on the bench though ;)

  48. DanielleMND says:

    “Have you ever watched the film Unbreakable?”

    An underrated film.

    I get what you mean, but it’s always good to be prepared for the worst case scenario. No, not every team will have a Steve Young on the bench, but I think this team could do better than Brady Quinn.

    Honestly, of those four, I was hoping they’d bring back Wallace. He has the best career numbers, and is the most similar of the four to RW.

  49. Notable back-ups.

    Colin Kapernick
    Tom Brady
    Steve Young
    Frank Rieck

  50. He’s not the first backup quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl after riding the pine early in the season. In fact, Kaepernick will be the sixth quarterback to start a Super Bowl after not starting any of his team’s first five games of the same season. The others:

    • Terry Bradshaw, 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers:
    Bradshaw attempted a pass in just one of Pittsburgh’s first six games of the 1974 season, playing behind Joe Gilliam. Bradshaw took over as the starter in Week 7 and went on to lead Pittsburgh to a win in Super Bowl IX, the first of four Super Bowls the Steelers would win in a six-year span.

    • Vince Ferragamo, 1979 Los Angeles Rams
    Ferragamo made his first start of the season in Week 12 for the Rams after Pat Haden was injured and Jeff Rutledge was benched. Ferragamo led the Rams to six wins in seven games on the way to Super Bowl XIV, where they fell to the Steelers.

    • Jim Plunkett, 1980 Oakland Raiders
    Plunkett took over after starter Dan Pastorini broke his leg during Week 5. Though Oakland was just 2-3 when Plunkett made his debut, the former Heisman Trophy winner took the Raiders to Super Bowl XV on the strength of nine wins in their final 11 regular-season games. Plunkett took home Super Bowl MVP honors after a 27-10 win over the Eagles.

    • Jeff Hostetler, 1990 New York Giants
    Hostetler replaced Phil Simms after the Giants star quarterback broke his foot in Week 15. Hostetler, a career backup, had started just two games in four prior NFL seasons. But that didn’t stop him from leading New York to five straight wins overall, including a 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

    • Trent Dilfer, 2000 Baltimore Ravens
    Dilfer stepped in for Tony Banks in Week 9 after the Ravens’ offense was held without a touchdown for four straight weeks. After losing in his first start, Dilfer’s Ravens won their final seven regular-season contests and went on to win each of their four postseason games by double digits, including a 34-7 drubbing of the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

  51. oscar_contender says:

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

    Yes, I concur, it is wise to be prepared, even for worst case scenarios. Loooooooong way to the season opener, so the QB situation could ultimately be completely different. This time, last year, we had Flynn starting, Jackson at #2, and look how that turned out. Quinn’s numbers and history look iffy though, but he must have shown something to the staff to get signed. They do have a style where they believe they can coach up talent. Wallace back in a Seahawks uniform would have been fun. I see this as bringing in a vet for presence, competition, and leadership. I think we will see a rookie that fits the mold brought in via the draft and I would not be surprised to see 3 QB’s on the roster. This may come down to Quinn vs. Portis for the vet backup spot in case the rookie is not ready yet. Is that ideal? No, but the front office may not be done yet.

  52. 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 #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.

  53. oscar_contender says:

    Jamarcus Russell is an amazing QB… on Madden 08. I think he is done, but you never know. Anything is possible :) Last I heard he is still struggling with his weight. And not to kick a man when he is down, but his work ethic, attitude, and issues are bad habits that die hard. Russell Wilson has IT and some things you can’t teach, and some things you don’t have. Is JR coachable? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Sure, it is possible, but not likely. Plus he hasn’t played since 09…

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