Bob Dylan wrote a song called “The Mighy Quinn” that gained fame when it was recorded as a single by Manfred Mann in the late sixties. You’re probably wondering what this had to do with and article about the Seattle Seahawks on this website and you would have a valid point. Whenever I think of new Seahawks backup quarterback Brady Quinn, I think of this song.
The song starts “Come on without, come on within, you’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.” As a fan of the Seahawks, I especially don’t want anything to happen to Russell Wilson because what will be seen of the “Mighty Quinn” is a quarterback who appeared in 10 games this past season and had a two touchdowns versus eight interceptions. In addition to those pathetic numbers, he completed only 56.9 percent of his passes for a paltry 5.8 yards per completion. This means he threw shorter passes and still had a low completion percentage. If you’ve spent most of your life on a different planet, those are not good numbers.
In his seven-year career, Quinn has a 12-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio with a 53.8 completion percentage. These are numbers that do not inspire overwhelming confidence that the ship could remain on course if Wilson went down for an extended period of time. The only shred of hope for the Seahawks is that Quinn will have never played on a team with as much offensive firepower as the team will having this upcoming season. Everyone knows that the quality of talent around a player can elevate even the subpar quarterback to a potentially acceptable level.
Quinn now joins the NFL team based in Southern Alaska and many of its perceived-to-be Eskimo fans. If anything were to happen to Wilson, I doubt the song would be correct when it states “But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody’s gonna jump for joy.”
However, if anything happened to Wilson, it would be more like later in the song when it states “Nobody can get no sleep, there’s someone on everyone’s toes. But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody’s gonna wanna doze,” as nobody in Seattle is going to want to be awake to see the “Mighty Quinn” under center in 2013.