Mike Sando talks Seahawks’ QB situation
Jul 15, 2011, 3:37 PM | Updated: 3:55 pm
By Brady Henderson
Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West for ESPN.com, joined Bob & Groz Friday for a discussion on the NFL lockout, the Seahawks’ quarterback situation, where he thinks Kevin Kolb will end up, and more.
If you were hoping a reputable source would legitimize what was perhaps an off-the-cuff comment about Brett Favre potentially being the Seahawks’ next quarterback, you’re not in luck.
“This is not going to happen. Save the tape; if it does I’m totally wrong,” Sando said. “[But] these guys [the Seahawks] want to get younger and I think they want to find out something about a quarterback who could possibly help them beyond next season. Assume a million things would have to happen for that to make any sense for Seattle.”
That was in response to what Adam Schefter said Friday morning on ESPN Radio. Schefter, an NFL reporter for ESPN, relayed a text he had just received from “someone from … an NFL team” who apparently thought Favre would be a good fit with the Seahawks.
It’s difficult to gauge the seriousness of the text — and Schefter’s reaction to it, for that matter — but you can give the audio a listen.
Sando thinks there’s a much better chance that Charlie Whitehurst, who was 1-1 in two starts for the Seahawks last season, will be Seattle’s starter in 2011. Whitehurst is the only quarterback the Seahawks have under contract for next season.
“I would not close the door on Matt Hasselbeck coming back but … it’s a new regime there and they aren’t as invested in the past as the fans of the team are and I think they are more willing to, if they don’t see the guy who’s the answer, just try and get through next season with Charlie Whitehurst and somebody else who necessarily isn’t the long-term franchise guy. So I could see that definitely happening.”
Trading for Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb is another option for the Seahawks. Doing so could mean giving up a first- and third-round pick.
Sando said a general manager from a team in the market for a quarterback (not the Seahawks or Cardinals) told him during a recent conversation that he wouldn’t part ways with a first-round pick alone to get Kolb.
“He said, ‘I don’t think he’s the guy that’s gonna take you to the championship. Would he upgrade you? Sure.’ … I could see Seattle being a little bit in the same boat,” Sando said. “How much do you give up? How much do you identify him and anoint him as the answer versus just a guy who makes you better than you were last year?”