The Seattle Seahawks aren’t satisfied with their current quarterback depth.
Behind starter Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have only recently-signed Josh Portis, an extremely raw talent who has yet to see regular season action at the NFL level. For head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, that’s not a comforting feeling heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
So the Seahawks worked out four veterans – Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, Tyler Thigpen, Seneca Wallace – as potential insurance policies. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Carroll is expected to choose between Quinn and Leinart, with the latter having the edge.
If that’s the case, which quarterback gets the spot?
First and foremost, neither is a very intriguing option for the Seahawks. Both quarterbacks are pocket passers with limited mobility, something that directly conflicts with Wilson’s style of play. The Seahawks want a backup who can step in and keep the offense running without a hitch, not a quarterback who will force a significant change in the game plan.
Secondly, neither has had success since entering the league as top draft picks. Originally brought in to be the franchise passer for their respective teams, Quinn and Leinart both failed to live up to their draft position. There’s a reason they’re still free agents at this point.
All negatives aspects aside, I think Leinart is the better option for the Seahawks. While he hasn’t been nearly the quarterback he was expected to be, he also hasn’t been the complete train wreck Quinn has. If it wasn’t for a porous offensive line and lack of a running game in Arizona, Leinart might not have been such a bust. Quinn, however, had some tools to work with but failed to make the most of them.
To top that off, Leinart hasn’t been as bad recently as Quinn. Last season, Quinn started eight games, managing to complete 56.9 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and eight interceptions while being sacked 21 times. Leinart, meanwhile, played sparingly behind Carson Palmer as the Oakland Raiders’ No. 2. Neither has been impressive, but Quinn has been worse.
In the end, a large part of the decision will be based on their private workouts with the Seahawks. If one was clearly better than the other, it’s likely they’ll land the gig.
No matter which direction the Seahawks go, though, they’ll be signing a quarterback who should only see the field in emergency situations. If Seattle drafts a quarterback this upcoming April, there’s a good chance that they’ll push whoever signs for the No. 3 spot.
Whether Quinn or Leinart gets the contract, they shouldn’t get comfortable.