Even before the Matt Flynn trade with the Oakland Raiders was finalized there were reports that the Seattle Seahawks had an eye on Tyler Thigpen to serve as their backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson.
While many fans may yawn at the prospects of a player like Thigpen as their primary backup, I would like to ask who else would be preferred? In a league starved for good quarterback play, you can bet that if someone is of starting material that they are going to already have a starting job somewhere. This means that whoever you end up with as a back up is going to be, well that, a backup.
Thigpen may not be an exciting option for some but it’s not like there are a lot of names on the market that generate a lot of interest that fans may be excited about. It’s kind of like wanting to go to prom and getting turned down a bunch of times until eventually somebody says ’yes.’ At this point in the off-season, the best ones are pretty much already taken.
Thigpen has played for four different organizations in his six years in the NFL. He has shown promise, especially for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 when he completed almost 55% of his passes with 18 touchdowns versus 12 interceptions. He also chipped in with 368 yards rushing that season.
The reason I would be fine with Thigpen as the backup is because he has experience with the read-option from his college days and has starting experience in the NFL. Some fans may prefer a better option if Wilson went down, but who is available that is significantly better than Thigpen?