The Seahawks have signed veteran long-snapper Kevin Houser, most likely to provide competition at the position during training camp. Houser will compete with Bryan Pittman, who was also signed this off-season, for the job.
In my opinion, this is just a routine personnel move – you can never have too much competition, and it should bring out the best in both players.
After dealing with snapping problems since J.P. Darche left the team, I’m happy to see that the Seahawks are aggressively pursuing a better option. After the experiments with Boone Stutz and others, I’m ready for the organization to find someone to solidify the position.
The long-snapper isn’t the most glamorous player on the field; their job is pretty elementary, and expectations are high. Success should be automatic, and their job should be routine. In other words, if you notice the long-snapper on Sundays, something is terribly wrong.
After finding out that Tyler Schmitt, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, has the back of a 60-year old man, it was time for Seattle to find an answer somewhere else. Jeff Robinson had performed admirably for Seattle, but he is 39 years old and has likely seen his last days of football (finally).
Hopefully, Kevin Houser can come into camp and challenge Bryan Pittman for the job. Competition brings the best out in all of us, and I’m ready for someone to step up and grab a hold of this job.