Is there a backup to the QB backup plan for Seahawks?

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /

So far in training camp, Seattle Seahawks backup quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis have not looked good. Do the Seahawks have an answer to backup Russell Wilson if neither of these guys work out?

You remember 2016, right? That was the year Seahawks quarterback Wilson got hurt in two of the first three games. Still, he kept playing. Wilson and the offense were never the same after that, though. Sure, there were a few games where the offense did well. Seattle defeated the New England Patriots on the road when C.J. Prosise was a freak. But really, the offense was so inconsistent one never knew what was coming from week-to-week.

Boykin’s numbers were not bad in limited time with Seattle last year. He never really played a make-or-break snap, however. Wilson would not allow him to. He does have a skill set similar to Wilson with his ability to run. If Boykin were needed, he could play ok and allow the Seahawks to not change the offense too much. The issue with Boykin has always been his off-the-field problems. Can he be trusted with the keys to the Seahawks engine?

In this year’s training camp, though, Boykin has been ineffective and inaccurate. True, he has not yet been able to use his improvisational abilities; he does have them, like Wilson. But can one really be comfortable with a quarterback who cannot succeed at the basics in camp?

Davis is probably a fine person. But he has no business being a quarterback on the quality of team Seattle is. He does nothing like Wilson. He is inconsistent and cannot run. Davis really is the main reason Jeff Fisher should have a job coaching in the NFL. Fisher defeated Seattle with Davis at quarterback. That takes amazing coaching ability.

If Wilson gets hurt and Davis is the quarterback, the Seahawks will not make the playoffs.

So what’s the answer?

I have no idea. I am just some idiot writing an article. Seattle could give me a job making personnel decisions, sure. You know what that would make the Seahawks? A two win team. I am not smart. But neither is trusting the reins of this great team to backups Boykin and Davis.

I could throw out the name of still-unsigned Colin Kaepernick. Fans would dislike me maybe, but I could – and did – just do it. Kaepernick is the perfect backup to what Seattle wants to do on offense should Wilson be injured and miss serious time. But Kaepernick will not be in Seattle, so I will move on (for a minute).

Robert Griffin III just got injured in the time it took for me to write this sentence. I feel for the guy. He has skill, but he is always hurt. He will never be a reliable quarterback – backup or starter – in the NFL. Too bad, because he also fits Seattle’s system.

Johnny Manziel is also available. Let me ask you this, dear liberal Seattle-ites, who has the truer bigger personal issues, Kaepernick or Manziel? If you say Kaepernick, we are no longer friends. No offense to Manziel personally, but he needs to make sure his life is together before playing in the NFL. Plus, he is not as good of a quarterback as Kaepernick. I wish Manziel all the best as a human being. I just do not want him being a backup on my favorite NFL team football-ability-wise.

The answer is…

This is a complete sell-out, but the answer is for Wilson not to miss any time. The same as it would be for any NFL team: don’t get the starter hurt. But if Wilson were to be injured, the answer to who should step in for him may not be on the team currently. This is a scary thought.

Otherwise, and I will say it, bring Kaepernick back in. If Seattle can afford him. And yes, I realize it is not probable or practical at this point to sign Kaepernick. But Seattle should.