Backup QB’s: Always Popular
The Seattle Seahawks are in a transition period at quarterback right now. No longer do they have the stable Matt Hasselbeck who has been the quarterback from 2001-2010.
The franchise is at a point now that is similar to where they were from 1992-2000 after they let go of Dave Krieg and were searching for their next franchise quarterback.
The search for the next franchise quarterback has had some fans make the crazy assumption that Josh Portis should be given a chance to be our franchise quarterback.
Look I’m all for giving a guy a chance and I’m all for letting him develop as well.
I just don’t want the Seahawks to pass on QB’s because they think Portis is the answer.
In this following piece I’ll give five reasons why Portis isn’t the next franchise quarterback so hopefully this notion can finally die (along with every other Halloween, Saw, Paranormal Activity and Friday the 13th movies).
1. Portis went undrafted:
Yes judging a guy based on where he is drafted is unfair I mean Tom Brady was picked in the sixth round and has won three super Bowls. The Seahawks best quarterbacks weren’t high draft picks either.
Look at the opening week quarterbacks this year. There were 18 first rounders (56.2%), five in the second round (15.6%), two in the third (6.3%), two in the fourth (6.3%), two in the sixth (6.3%) , two in the seventh (6.3%) and one was undrafted (3.1%).
By going with Portis you are banking on a 3.1% chance which quite frankly the Seahawks can’t afford.
2. Undrafted quarterback ceiling is Tony Romo:
The next undrafted quarterback with some success?
The same Kitna who Seattle ran out of town because he was so very limited. Portis was undrafted for a reason, he obviously has limitations.
3. NFL scouts are good at their jobs:
There is so much technology out there today and so many college games that are on TV it is hard for a player to slip through the cracks. Sometimes a player might and be a system guy (think Doug Baldwin) but usually if he is any good he’ll be drafted.
This past draft saw 12 quarterbacks taken in the draft.
Teams know how important the quarterback position is. This is why you see so many quarterbacks taken in the draft every year, yet our man Portis wasn’t even selected.
4. Portis didn’t even play very well in preseason:
I can understand the lovefest for Portis if he lit up the preseason (which doesn’t mean much) but he didn’t. In the preseason he was 10-24 (41.7%) for 124 yards (5.2 YPA) with a touchdown and no interceptions for a QB rating of 72.2 while playing against guys who aren’t in the NFL.
5. The unknown isn’t always better:
Last year whenever Hasselbeck struggled you heard the “put in Whitehurst” crowd. Same with when Tarvaris Jackson struggled this year.
Same with whenever the starting quarterback struggles, the fans want the backup hoping he is the next Kurt Warner or Tom Brady.
In reality there is a reason why he is the backup and that is because the starter is better. Portis is a project who someday at best can be a spot starter (which Whitehurst is proving he can’t even do).
In conclusion, can we please stop this silly notion that Portis is the answer to all our quarterback problems?
He isn’t the answer and shouldn’t be counted on to be.
The next franchise quarterback is in next years draft as Pete Carroll can’t afford another “project” to waste his time on like he wasted my Sunday watching Charlie Whitehurst stink.
The odds are stacked against Portis and I don’t feel like trying to be part of the 3%.
I’d rather take a QB in the first round and take my chances.