Seahawks GM likes 'win-win' QB situation

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Rumblings persist around the league that Matt Flynn could be sent packing by the Seahawks after the way Russell Wilson came through in what turned out to be a sterling rookie campaign.

But for the moment, Seahawks GM John Schneider seems quite content with what he considers a “win-win” QB situation.

"I think we have a great setup,” Schneider said Thursday at the NFL Combine. “I feel very blessed that we have two quarterbacks, two starting-caliber guys. What happened last year didn't really have a reflection on what Matt did, or Tarvaris (Jackson) for that matter. It was really what Russell did in terms of just kind of stepping forward and taking charge. From the way he performed in the preseason it was really hard to argue — I think it was like 12 of 18 possessions (that he led scoring drives).

“We just feel really blessed with our situation right now. It's so early. Everybody is in the middle of the draft process. So it's not like I've had a chance to sit down with other general managers and some of the people I know around the league to talk about what their situation is. As you guys well know, we're always going to listen to everything, and if we're not doing that, we think we're not doing our job. That doesn't necessarily mean we will do something with Matt."

On the other side of the ball, Schneider talked about the Seahawks’ change at defensive coordinator, with Gus Bradley leaving the team to become the new head coach in Jacksonville, and Dan Quinn, who was formerly an assistant in Seattle, returning to take over for Bradley.

"Gus is fantastic,” Schneider said of the coordinator of a Seattle defense that was among the league’s best this past season. “He has incredible people skills and is a very strong leader of men. He's a guy who has a ton of energy. His work ethic is off the charts. And just ethically, he's just a really good man."

But Schneider feels confident Quinn will pick right up where Bradley left off.

“That worked out great for us,” Schneider said. “Dan was with us our first year here, and he wanted to have some of those head-coaching leadership skills, and he felt like he needed to go do that (as the defensive line coach and defensive coordinator at Florida). For us to make that transition really helps, because he has a feel for Pete's defensive philosophy, as well as some of our players, like Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, and Brandon Mebane — some of the guys who are still there.”