December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) looks to throw the ball during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Expected To Sign Brady Quinn Today

It seems the Seahawks have made a decision following yesterday’s four quarterback tryout. USA Today’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that Brady Quinn will be signed to backup Russell Wilson.

I have to say that this isn’t what I expected to happen. Tyler Thigpen seemed to have the inside track on the spot because of his ability to run the read-option portion of Seattle’s offense. Apparently his ability to pass wasn’t up to the Seahawks’ standards.

Quinn’s signing certainly won’t get Seahawks fans excited. Quinn has been a major disappointment for both the Browns and the Chiefs. He’s now with his 4th team in 5+ years, which says more about his abilities than anything else.

This signing certainly doesn’t rule out the Seahawks from drafting a QB. In fact, I’d say that it makes it more likely. If Quinn was the best QB available, then I expect the team will have to look to the draft to find a suitable backup.

Perhaps more interesting is that after the tryout, the Seahawks decided to sign the receiver that the quarterbacks were throwing to. I think the conversation went something like this:

Schneider: Wow, these QBs aren’t very accurate.

Carroll: No kidding. Who’s that wide receiver who’s catching all those horribly thrown passes?

Schneider: That’s Brett Swain. He’s been out of the league for over a year. He was in Green Bay when I was there.

Carroll: We should sign him. Anyone who can catch all those bad passes deserves a chance in camp.

Schneider: (Pulls out cell phone and calls Swain’s agent.) Yep. Told you it would work. Pete’s on board. I’ll email you the contract to look over.

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  • Brian Dow

    That was funny

  • Acshon Jackson

    I think we need to stop obsessing over the read option. How often was it employed by the Seahawks? From my observation and memory, it was used very sparingly. Also, a lot of times the Seahawks play-action out of the read option. I believe if you have the time to go back and watch tape of Russell Wilson’s runs, I am willing to wager that the majority of his runs came from undesigned scrambles. Therefore, I don’t necessarily think that it was a given that the Seahawks would sign a QB as mobile as RW. They just need someone that can keep the offense on schedule, if (God Forbid) RW went down. They would just eliminate the small portion of their playbook that included the read option. That said, I have serious doubts that Quinn is that guy.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Seahawks ran the RO in 12% of their plays in the final 8 games and in the playoffs. that’s 1 in every 8 plays on offense. It’s not much, but it’s also not insignificant.

    • All Coug’d Up

      They’ll run it more this season I would guess. The Hawks didn’t really employ the RO until halfway through the season. You’re right though they like to pass out of it because it brings both linebackers up before they can recover into coverage. I do believe that Russell might be the only QB that Seattle runs that play with because of his special skill set, kind of like Washington only runs their read stuff with RGIII under center.

      And Quinn is not the guy. I believe there’s a contingency plan in place for a QB in the draft but if he gets snagged the Seahawks are trying to be ready to go with someone. I’d almost think that Portis might beat Quinn out for #2 as well.

  • Old and dumb

    I only have a short remark.

    I hope his contract doesn’t have anything guarantied, that we draft a young prospect that just might be worth a 7th round in trade in 2 years, that Quinn never makes the roster, that we don’t waste anything of the little cap space we have on a guy that nobody wants to see under the center.

    On 2nd thought….on a guy who’ll be under the center only when we lead by 29.5 points or more….(i.e. 4-5 games this year…)