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June 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Morning kickoff — Is Quinn the answer as the backup QB? And more

For the Seahawks story for today’s paper, I wrote about Brady Quinn and a question thatcan’t be ignored — what  happens if something happens to Russell Wilson?

As you can read, Quinn says he’s confident he can do the  job, as is quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, and presumably everybody else in the organization. Jerrod Johnson is also on the roster, but there seems little doubt that Quinn is the backup, especially now that Josh Portis has been released and playing in the CFL.

It’s easy to assume the Seahawks might sign another QB for camp. But they’ve gone with three before, and at this point anyone they would sign wouldn’t likely compete for the backup job anyway. Wilson has proven greatly durable so far in his career, but teams also have to prepare for every possible circumstance.

As the story notes, Quinn said he had a few other options but signed quickly with the Seahawks after a workout in early April.

“They gave me an opportunity  to come out and work out with a few of their quarterbacks,” he said. “I loved the environment, the workout, the competition and they offered me an opportunity to sign here so I did.”

Quinn said he also thinks the Seattle offense may be a better fit for him than those he ran in Cleveland and Kansas City, the two teams for which he has started in the NFL.

“It’s something where I think this offense will allow me to showcase more athleticism where I haven’t been able to showcase that as much, so that is something I am looking forward to,” he said.

And as he mentioned in the above quote, Quinn also said he liked the environment created by coach Pete Carroll, which he smiled and acknowledged when asked is vastly different than what he had at Notre Dame and some other NFL stops.

“Being here now you can understand why they are so successful,” he said. “It’s so much fun being out here practicing. We could be out here all day. … It’s so cool to see how other people do things and how they get it done and this is the reason why you see how they are so successful so again. It’s made football so much fun and I’m really enjoying being here.”

And he also said he understands clearly his role with the Seahawks.

“We always all want to play,’’ he said. “That’s why you play football, and that’s why coach Carroll brings guys like that here, because we are all competitors. But at the same time, in life a lot of times you’ve got to find your role and excel the best you can at that, and this is the role I’ve been given.’’

Here are some other links. …

— Here’s the report on Monday’s OTA from;

— also examines cornerback Walter Thurmond;

— looks at Seattle’s revamped pass rush;

— asks if Richard Sherman was slighted being rated No. 50 on its top 100 countdown;

— Should the Seahawks be a candidate for Hard Knocks?;

— Updating Matt Flynn’s status in Oakland;

— SBNation has a look at the top potential offensive free agents for 2014;

— Interesting stuff from on the Pac-12-NFL coaching pipeline;

— Is this a make-or-break-year in Tennessee for Jake Locker?;

— Finally, listen to interviews here on ESPN 710 Seattle with Pete Carroll and Sidney Rice.


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