INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 40 minutes with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider reinforced perceptions the team likely will not trade up for a quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft.
That was a primary takeaway, in my view.
"If you have to move up to get a quarterback, or say, the Kevin Kolb situation last year, OK, we would have had to have given up much more than Arizona did because they had a player (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) they were involved with [trading]," Schneider said. "You had better be really sure he is the guy or else it's the double-whammy -- it's draft choices, it's cash."
Schneider continued to drive home the idea Seattle would not panic over finding a franchise quarterback. He lauded Tarvaris Jackson for playing through a serious pectoral injury that prevented him from following through on throws. He said the team likes Josh Portis' long-term potential. And he said the team would consider its options with Charlie Whitehurst, who is not expected back as a free agent.
"We're never going to panic," Schneider said. "In terms of how [Jackson] played, I thought he did a great job, especially with that offensive line. Things came to fruition the way we thought it would in terms of having Darrell Bevell there [as coordinator]. [Jackson] came in, he knew the offense, we knew he could step into the huddle the first day and he's such a tough guy, such a strong guy, we knew he could stand in there and take those shots."
The Seahawks will participate in a coin flip Friday morning to determine whether they pick 11th or 12th overall. The likelihood of drafting a quarterback at that spot seems remote at the moment. Trading up would cost draft choices.