Why no QB? Carroll says, 'We didn't think we could afford to yet'
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The biggest uncertainty was about who they didn't: namely a quarterback.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spoke at the regional convention of the Associated Press Sports Editors on Monday afternoon, and in his survey of the Seahawks' draft plans, he posed that question to himself, asking why the Seahawks didn't take a quarterback.
"We didn't think we could afford to yet," Carroll said.
That's a worthwhile discussions point because the NFL has been called a quarterback's league, and it is that position that defines a team more than any other.
And to not pick a quarterback because the team doesn't see him suited to becoming a starting quarterback in the league is one thing. To not pick a quarterback because the time isn't right is something else altogether.
So what was Seattle thinking on holding off on picking a quarterback?
"You saw us go after a couple guys that were offensive linemen, which is an area that -- without that -- the quarterback can't play," Carroll said.
That's not an unprecedented approach. A couple years back the New York Jets drafted tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold in the first round of the draft. That was 2006. Three years later the Jets traded up to choose Mark Sanchez in the first round.
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