The most important position in football, and maybe even sports, is the quarterback. He touches the ball every play and is the main reason a team wins a Super Bowl, as seen by the last decade of champions.
When you look at this elite list of champions, the names Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst don't seem to fit in. The Seahawks have neglected finding their next quarterback for too long, but this offseason could be the time where they get a player who gives them the boost needed for them to win their first championship.
Is Kyle Orton really the answer to the Seahawks QB dilemma? Does he really have what it takes to lead them to the promised land?
The answer to those questions is that it may seem unlikely, but with the right coaching and surrounding cast, he could make a huge turnaround. Sometimes, all a player needs is a fresh start with no pressure of losing his job to a former college phenom.
Orton has potential if he is put in the right situation, and Pete Carroll could be the one to set him straight and possibly make him a high-caliber QB.
There are many suitors in the quest for Mr. Manning, and the Seahawks should make the effort and join that list.
Trading for/signing Manning is aquiring an already proven champion, which is an uncommon sight when looking down the Seattle roster. Peyton still has a few more years left, and one more championship could be coming his way if he can join a simple offense with good, young receivers.
And although the Seahawks aren't the best, Manning has never had a defense as good as the Seahawks, nor has he ever had a running game with the explosiveness that Marshawn Lynch brings to the table.
The four-time MVP would match the Seahawks team excellently, and he could also mentor the young talent that Seattle could bring in.
Flynn has one big game under his belt, in which Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns, while filling in for Aaron Rodgers in Week 17. He is one of the few candidates for that position, and he had a superb game playing for Rodgers.
Flynn has one extra factor that makes him a possibility in Seattle: a link to general manager John Schneider, who was in Green Bay when Flynn was drafted.
After winning at LSU, he was a late-round draft pick who outplayed second-rounder Brian Brohm to earn a spot on the Green Bay roster. He has had a great opportunity to sit and learn behind Rodgers, much as Rodgers had that opportunity behind Brett Favre, and that worked out very well.
Flynn may not be the most experienced choice to take the reins of this team, but he has the most potential of any option in the league right now.
In the draft this year, after Matt Barkley and Landry Jones opted to stay for their senior year, two players were clearly the top quarterback prospects: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
The Seahawks would have to give up a handful of picks to move up this year, and some say it isn't worth the multiple. Luck will be the No. 1 overall pick. Some are putting the cost of trading into that spot at four first-round picks plus a couple of second-round picks.
The Rams have many needs, and would likely welcome two first-round picks and a second and fourth to slide back six to eight spots. The Seahawks can finish with anywhere between the 10th and 19th pick.
Remember, the Falcons moved up 21 spots to get Julio Jones last season, and that cost them two firsts, one second and two fourths. Still, trading up goes against this team's philosophy, so don't hold your breath.
There are several mediocre, yet competant choices left after the big two get taken early. Although there is not much depth, this class could produce some studs that work well in Carroll's offense.
One choice is Nick Foles, who reminds me a little of Blaine Gabbert. He can make some great throws, but there are questions about his ability to run a pro-style offense. He could be a selection if the Seahawks are desperate, but its unlikely.
Another first-round option is Ryan Tannehill whose stock has risen drastically after some stars, like Barkley, dropped out. Many have said he has the kind of play style and athleticism to be a possible fit for Seattle. Some project him as a first-rounder.
A stretch suggestion is the Kellen Moore. Moore holds the all-time record for wins by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I FBS, finishing his career with a 50–3 record. Pete Carroll wants a winner, and no one else available knows how to do it better.
One more selection that seems to be popular among Seahawk fans is Michigan State alum Kirk Cousins.
Sure, the argument could be made that USC quarterbacks of late have been less than exemplary. Whether playing mediocre as starters, or warming the bench for starters, few have lived up to their college excellence. But maybe with their old coach, they can relive their younger magic.
The obvious choice when you're thinking about USC is the current Jets QB, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has been an average regular season quarterback who has played well in the postseason. Carroll obviously knows him well, and he's only 25. New York is not a patient fanbase, and the Jets are now struggling to make the playoffs. It is possible they could decide to build in a new direction.
Another way to go is with Brady's old backup, Matt Cassel. Cassel is 29, and had a down year after sporting a 27/7 TD-to-Interception ratio a year ago. Bringing in a veteran like Cassel might not make a ton of sense, but the Chiefs could be looking to off-load him under new management. The chemistry and talent is there, but is it too late to go for him?
As a Seahawks fan who sees a contender in all aspects except the most important one, it hurts me to realize that this may be the answer again.
After skipping Dalton, who made the playoffs this year, to get James Carpenter in last year's first round, we are anxious to find our solution at the important position.
T-Jax played decent this year, and Whitehurst isn't that bad a backup, but these men are not the solution that will take the 'Hawks to the Super Bowl. Sometimes patience is golden, but in this case, we will just have to pray this is temporary.