Labor Day Weekend Key Time for Seattle, As Team Looks to Future

Despite being a week away from the first game of the regular season, Saturday was a huge day for the Seattle Seahawks.

No, it’s not because rosters had to have been trimmed down to the 53 players.

It’s because Saturday was the first time Seattle’s coaches, scouts and front office personnel get to see the future of the team’s quarterback situation pan out.

The Seahawks will be in a very interesting situation this year because the team has two first round selections in the 2010 NFL Draft.  One of them most probably will fall in the top 10 picks thanks to a Denver trade which sent the Broncos’ selection in the upcoming draft to Seattle for the Seahawks’ 2009 second round selection.

Granted, current quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looks like his back injury that marred him last season seems to be all but a horrible memory, but that does not change the fact that Seattle’s signal caller will turn 34 later this month and that he has missed 11 games in the past three years.

It’s time for Seattle to find its next long-term option at quarterback.

With two years left on his contract, Hasselbeck could continue to start at the position for the Seahawks, but he could also spend the final season of his current contract, 2010, mentoring his successor.

Heading into the 2009 college football season, there are four quarterbacks that the Seahawks and their fans should keep their eyes on.

JEVAN SNEED (OLE MISS REBELS): HEIGHT: 6’3’’ WEIGHT: 220 CLASS: JR

You might not know the name, but, you will well before the college season is over.

Sneed came into the season as the Southeastern Conference’s preseason all-conference second team quarterback, behind Florida’s Tim Tebow.  This is not the first time the two have been associated together, Sneed was the only quarterback to beat Tebow and the Gators last season.

Numerous publications tabbed the leader of the Rebels as an honorable mention All-American, a member of the Heisman Trophy watch list, the SEC’s best passer and one of the nation’s top quarterback and overall college prospects.

In 13 games last year, this is what Snead accomplished through the air:

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

long

pct

avg/p

avg/g

effic

2008

13

184-327-13

2762

26

88

56.3

8.4

212.5

145.5

TOTAL

13

184-327-13

2762

26

88

56.3

8.4

212.5

145.5

*Courtesy of OleMissSports.com

What makes his accomplishments at Ole Miss even more noteworthy is that last year was his first year playing for the team.  In 2006 as a true freshman, Snead saw limited action as a backup to Texas’ Colt McCoy.  Following the season, Snead transferred and had to sit out the year per NCAA rules.

Snead plays Memphis Sunday in the Rebels first game of the season.

COLT McCOY (TEXAS LONGHORNS): HEIGHT: 6’2’’ WEIGHT: 210 CLASS: SR

McCoy entered his final season in burnt orange as the school’s winningest quarterback with 32 wins and will undoubtedly increase that total this year as his Longhorns look to take the Big 12 title and make a run at the NCAA Championship.

The Tuscola, TX native was Heisman runner-up in 2008.  He is unquestionably the leader of his team, winning the Longhorns’ Most Valuable Player award three times and winning Offensive Most Valuable Player honors at three bowl games.

There have been knocks on his abilities though.  It has been said that he lacks the arm strength to throw quality deep balls.  Despite this complaint, McCoy has been able to produce excellent numbers while playing for Mack Brown.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

long

pct

avg/p

avg/g

effic

2006

13

217-318-7

2570

29

72

68.2

8.1

197.7

161.8

2007

13

276-424-18

3303

22

62

65.1

7.8

254.1

139.2

2008

13

332-433-8

3859

34

91

76.7

8.9

296.8

173.8

TOTAL

39

825-1175-33

9732

85

91

70.2

8.3

249.5

158.0

RUSHING

g

att

yards

td

long

avg/c

avg/g

2006

13

68

170

2

33

2.5

13.1

2007

13

114

492

4

44

4.3

37.8

2008

13

136

561

11

35

4.1

43.2

TOTAL

39

318

1223

17

44

3.8

31.4

*Courtesy of TexasSports.com In McCoy’s first game of the 2009 season, he and his fellow Longhorns beat Louisiana-Monroe 59-20.  Here’s McCoy’s line from the game.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

McCoy

W1

21-29-1

317

2

RUSHING

g

att

yards

td

McCoy

W1

7

-3

0

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

TIM TEBOW (FLORIDA GATORS): HEIGHT: 6’3’’ WEIGHT: 245 CLASS: SR

Tebow is one of the most talked about college football players in the country.  His list of awards and on-the-field accomplishments are ridiculous.  The Heisman Trophy winner knows how to win and to handle the responsibilities of leading one of the country’s top teams both on and off the field.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

long

pct

avg/p

avg/g

effic

2006

14

22-33-1

358

5

55

66.7

10.8

25.57

201.73

2007

14

234-350-6

3286

32

66

66.9

9.4

234.71

172.46

2008

14

192-298-4

2746

30

70

64.4

9.2

196.14

172.37

TOTAL

42

448-681-11

6390

67

70

65.8

9.8

152.14

173.84

RUSHING

g

att

Yards

td

long

avg/c

avg/g

2006

14

89

469

8

29

5.3

33.5

2007

14

210

895

23

25

4.3

63.9

2008

14

176

673

12

26

3.8

48.0

TOTAL

42

475

2037

43

29

4.3

48.4

*Courtesy of GatorZone.com and ESPN.com

A serious area of concern for Tebow at the next level is whether or not he can play in a traditional quarterback role instead of the high-flying, run-and-gun, spread-style offense that the Florida Gators use.

Against the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern, Tebow started off the 2009 college football season impressively, while playing in less than one half of the game as the Gatos won the game 62-3.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

Tebow

W1

10-15-0

188

1

RUSHING

g

att

yards

Td

Tebow

W1

2

1

1

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

SAM BRADFORD (TEXAS LONGHORNS): HEIGHT: 6’4’’ WEIGHT: 223 CLASS: JR

Bradford won the Heisman Trophy last year and, instead of turning pro, decided to return for another year of Sooner football.

The Associated Press and Sporting News First Team All-American is already being discussed as the first quarterback taken in the 2010 NFL Draft as he should be based off of what he’s done in Norman, OK after only two years of starting at quarterback.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

td

long

pct

avg/p

avg/g

effic

2006 (REDSHIRT)

0

2007

14

237-341-8

3121

36

65

69.5

9.15

222.9

176.53

2008

14

328-483-8

4720

50

77

67.9

9.77

337.1

180.84

TOTAL

28

565-824-16

7841

86

77

68.7

9.46

280.0

178.69

*Courtesy of SoonerSports.com and ESPN.com

Bradford’s 2009 season came to a screeching halt during the quarterback’s first game of the season, as he was injured in the first half of Oklahoma’s 14-13 loss to visiting Brigham Young University.  Before coming out of the game, Bradford put up modest numbers.

PASSING

g

cmp-att-int

yards

Td

Bradford

W1

10-14-0

96

1

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

It will be interesting to follow how Bradford will be able to perform this year after his injury.

Throughout the season, I’ll check in and update how the quarterbacks have played and put up my rankings of the four.

As of now, here are my rankings.

1.   Bradford

1.   Snead

3.   McCoy

4.   Tebow

I think Bradford could be amazing, but he’ll most likely be gone before Seattle picks with Denver’s selection in the first round.

I truly believe Snead could be just as good or even better, making him not only the top quarterback of the four, but also in the entire country.  I also believe that Snead will come off the board later in the first round than Bradford and possibly even McCoy, giving Seattle a possible opportunity to call the Rebel’s name in the first round.


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