Monday, April 21, 2008

QB, or not QB; That is the Question

by: Michael Steffes

There have been many different takes on the Seahawks need for a quarterback this offseason. The team has worked out many of the top guys available. As many of you know, I believe this to be a smokescreen and that I feel that next year is the year the Hawks entertain the idea of a QB of the future. I also know many of you are high on guys in this draft. There is defintely the school of thought that you can't lose by taking good QB's.

In fact, there was time, with Mike Holmgren in charge of personnel, where the philosophy of this team was to take a quarterback, every year. Or at least almost every year. Michael David Smith takes a look at this topic over at his Fifth Downs Blog. It is a nice write up, and a different look at the change in Seahawk philosophy.

To continue...

As much credit as Mike Holmgren gets as a quarterback genus, he hasn't always had the golden touch in drafting them. Of course, neither has Tim Ruskell. Ruskell took David Greene the year he arrived. He acquired Charlie Frye as well, who we are all waiting to see something from. I do think this will change next year, but as MDS points out, the Hawks will now have gone THREE years without drafting a QB. That is kind of funny considering that if you include the trade for Matt Hasselbeck, the Hawks used picks on six QBs in six years between 1999 and 2005. Goes to show you what a franchise QB will do for ya, once he is found, huh.

Here is a look at the quarterbacks who the Seahawks have used draft picks to acquire since the Mike Holmgren era began.