Crazy. That obsessive love crazy where you are just giddy even thinking about the person. Is that how Pete Carroll feels about a certain Texas A&M quarterback?
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated Carroll was so overblown by the talent of Tannehill that he could hardly stand to be at the QB's pro day last month. Thinking a team with a No. 12 pick just would never have a shot at such a talent. And this is even after the acquisition of Matt Flynn. If what King writes is true, it reveals the Seahawks are simply waiting for a shot to draft a franchise quarterback. Carroll, GM John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell each attended Tannehill's pro day.
King writes, "Because teams around the league know how much Seattle loves Tannehill. And you can write this down: If Tannehill were to be there at 12, Seattle would take him, even though the Seahawks just paid medium dollar for Matt Flynn in free agency. That's how much Seattle loves him. "At Tannehill's workout,'' one source told me, "[coach] Pete Carroll was giggling like a schoolgirl watching him throw. His attitude was like, 'What are we even doing here? He'll never be there for us.' '
Schneider commented at the NFL combine that he likes the fact that Tannehill is not a cookie-cutter quarterback who has been through the quarterback schools camp since he was 7. Tannehill only played 19 games at QB at A&M.
And the legend around Tannehill is growing, (thanks also in part to a tweet by Colts owner Jim Irsay) and in a year which has two players described as can't miss franchise quarterback's it could be Tannehill who is the next great National Football League quarterback.
But Carroll could be right the Seahawks won't even have to make that decision, because Tannehill is expected to be gone by then. The Browns are choosing between him and wide receiver Justin Blackmon according to reports-and if it comes down to a wide receiver and a quarterback the quarterback is usually drafted.
And if the Browns don't take him, the Dolphins probably won't let him slip by pick No. 8.
Love in vain is never a good thing, but there's always the fallback plan and his name is Matt Flynn.
-Rob Rang of CBS Sports has five guys the Seahawks should go after at No. 12:
ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DE Vinny Curry, Marshall
OLB Sean Spence, Miami
TE Michael Egnew, Missouri
-The Seahawks have welcomed back Leroy Hill after releasing him last month. He has signed a one year contract.
The team has also re-signed Matt McCoy who played mostly on special teams last season, but is listed as a linebacker.
Even with the re-addition of Hill and McCoy the Seahawks might still be a bit thin at the LB position and could draft a LB at No. 12.
-The Seahawks 10-week "voluntary" off-season training program officially begins today. But for the next two weeks coaches won't be able to work with players, until Phase II of the OTA's begin April 30.
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