Backup options dwindling for Seahawks

Backup options dwindling for Seahawks

Training camp is just around the corner and for the past two seasons it's been no secret that the Seattle Seahawks have been looking for a veteran backup for Matt Hasselbeck. It isn't that the team doesn't like Seneca Wallace, Hasselbeck's backup in 2005, they just want to opportunity to use his athleticism in way other than carrying a clipboard.

The Seahawks were rumored to be in the running for Jay Fiedler who agreed to terms on Thursday with Tampa Bay and then there also is the rumor circulating on Sirius Radio that Kerry Collins is close to signing with Tennessee to backup Vince Young and Billy Volek.

Fiedler would have been ideal in the Seahawks west coast offense had they been able to acquire his services. He's entering his 11th season in the NFL and, while he's not the most athletic quarterback, he's amassed 854 yards rushing and a 77.1 quarterback rating while completing 58.7% of his passes for 11,844 yards, 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions.

"Number one, this is a great team with a great opportunity this year to go very far," Fiedler told the local media in attendance about why he chose the Buccaneers. "They're coming off an 11-5 season; made the playoffs last year; bringing almost everyone back.

"They've got a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, some good veteran leadership complemented with some good young players and the continuity of a great coaching staff that's been here for a little while."

Those reasons could also be reasons why Fiedler would have chosen Seattle. However, there is one big difference: Seattle has a Pro Bowl quarterback at the helm of their offensive ship and the Buccaneers still have a relatively unproven fourth-year player under center in Chris Simms.

Collins, who spent last year with the Oakland Raiders, doesn't really fit Seattle's offense well anyway. He isn't very accurate and at times he makes some very poor decisions with the ball.

Of the list remaining, Ty Detmer may be the most "ready" to come in and run the Seattle system well. He played for Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren for four years in Green Bay and has the smarts to pick up the offense quickly. However, he is very limited with his arm strength and in some of his decisions.

Tommy Maddox and Tony Banks make too many mistakes, Jeff Blake and Vinny Testaverde are too old and, in Testaverde's case, too brittle, Craig Krenzel is too young and Shane Matthews is too inexperienced in the west coast system.

This all leads to the conclusion that the Seahawks will head into training camp and probably the 2006 regular season with the same three quarterbacks, Hasselbeck, Wallace and David Greene that they had in the 2005 season.

That group seemed to work out well didn't it?

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