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  • And note on Portis:

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    As Seahawks evaluate a few veteran QB options (add Vince Young to list), they do plan to re-sign Josh Portis, cut late last November.
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  • I don't mind if they bring him in for a look-see, I am always a proponent of kicking the tires, turning over stones, etc etc. Anything other than that is a mistake, plain and simple.

    On a side note, maybe we can get Vince Young's mom posting here again.
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  • I'd love to see Portis come in and win the gig.
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  • I'm fine with the "No stone unturned" approach.

    However, I'd like to see someone that can help Russell.
    Flynn was always known for making his starters better.

    Nobody does what Russell does but someone close would make me sleep better.
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  • We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.
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  • Mortenson already threw Leinert and Thigpen's names out there earlier today. This doesn't sound much like reporting as it does throwing stuff up to see what sticks.

    Good tip about Portis though, if true.
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  • Signing VY for anything would be a bad decision. I'd rather see Portis get PT over him. VY Can barely handle 1 read when dropping back let alone 2...can't get through progressions for ish. He's terrible.
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  • I might be in the minority but Vince Young is extremely talented and i think it would be a good signing.
    Yes he has had his troubles in the NFL but Pete is familiar with him after he led Texas to that national championship comeback against USC years ago.
    VY if his head is in the game... Is a better 'mobile' option than some. He showed flashes with the Titans.
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  • VY better than Colt McCoy. Not sure what insight he brings to the film room.
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    LOL!
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  • VY just seems like such a POS. Seems like a guy who would never put the team first. Talented sure but he's a total head case
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    :lol:
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  • Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.
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  • Largent80 wrote:Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.


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  • Nice. Vince Young is my top choice of the available dudes.
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  • I don't know how I would feel about this, but I am good with whatever the FO does.
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  • Young is probably there best option along with Portis . I doubt they draft a QB this year.
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    HE IS EASILY WORTH A 2ND!!!
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  • I live in Titan's country, Vince Young is a head-case. IMO, this would be a waste of money (no matter how little) and a roster spot. I'd much rather us go with Portis.
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  • dunceface wrote:
    HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    HE IS EASILY WORTH A 2ND!!!



    Gag me with a spoon!! Vince Young worth a 2nd? .......Oh, it is April Fool's Day! I almost forgot! :roll:
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.



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  • Bringing in Young wouldn't just be dumb.

    It would be moronic. Maybe even moronic enough to tip team chemistry.

    Ask the Texas fans, they will tell you stories of Vince telling his coaches to shut the hell up. They will tell you stories about him creating an us vs them mentality between the players and coaches.

    Not to mention that the guy has the IQ of a sandflea. How exactly would this help us?

    Backup QBs are actually important. Ask Steelers fans about it but it doesn't have to just be something that severe.

    There have been times where a good team gets their QB hurt in a hard fought game, the next game is against a lesser team so they rest the guy to let him heal. The backup keeps the team on track for a game or two. Then the starter comes back in fully healed without nagging injuries that will affect the team through the playoffs.

    We are neck and neck with the 49ers in chasing after the division, based just on last year. The rest of the teams in our division are getting better and teams like Atlanta are getting better but getting an easier schedule. Contrary to popular belief, we do not have a road to the Super Bowl paved with pillows. One or two games lost because of a freak injury can hurt us. Heck last year, one game might have been the difference between homefield throughout the playoffs.

    Bringing in a guy who would lose an IQ contest to a tube of toothpaste is not going to help things.

    A backup needs to do two of the three:

    1. Be a possible QB in development for the future or for trades
    2. Be a resource to help further develop Wilson
    3. Be able and effective enough to win games if the starter goes down.

    Bringing in Young would accomplish none of those 3. It wouldn't just be stupid. It would be mindblowingly stupid. Charlie Whitehurst-level stupid.
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    Thanks, that one made me laugh.

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  • Hearing that Seattle is "discussing" or "looking" at certain players/prospects doesn't give me the same excitement/worry that it use to 2-3 years ago, because as we know now, they have discussions about everybody but only make a deal on roughly 5-10% of them (Schneider's words).

    At this point, I expect the hawks to draft a QB to be the #2, but I also expect at least one vet to come into training camp to compete for that spot. I'd be mildly disappointed if it was Young, but I also think it'll be more of a Terrell Owens-type deal than anything else with a VY being a long shot to be the backup.
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  • I agree with taking a look at him, he has a lot of ability still I suspect but a lot of emotional issues.

    I don't get all the love for Portis. The times I have watched him play he has been terrible. I honestly would feel better with MRob at QB than him.
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  • I think it is a good idea to look at Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen and even Jamarcus Russell. If they have an agent working for them, then they must be serious about making a comeback.

    Pete is a players coach and as a result the Seahawks are a close knit team. If anyone can bring a lost talent back to being a productive team mate and person, it is the Seahawks organization.

    Pete also has no problem letting a talented "headcase" go...LenDale White as an example. We brought in "suspect" talent at WR and TE this season and later sent them packing when the mistake was realized.

    Admit it...You want to see Jamarcus Russell running the ball!
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  • draft matt scott so when we go 13-0 and lock up home field he has three games to show his stuff. Call plays that favor his skills so his value aapreciates and double your money. Would fit the read option mold that we got going...
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  • i dont mind if he comes here as backup, as long as he gets paid in peanuts.
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  • Largent80 wrote:Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.

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  • Happypuppy wrote:I agree with taking a look at him, he has a lot of ability still I suspect but a lot of emotional issues.

    I don't get all the love for Portis. The times I have watched him play he has been terrible. I honestly would feel better with MRob at QB than him.


    Puppy does not seem very happy :(

    Portis is a guy who has gotten literally ZERO quality coaching for the last 6 years for a variety of reasons. Everything he does is raw talent. I think he's shown enough to make me wonder what he could do if given a chance to respond to dedicated nFL coaching.
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  • But Mort has since tweeted this:

    @mortreport I think the VY discussion has ended. No Seattle. “@mfisherwa: Pete's always talked highly of VY's athleticism”
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  • Don't want VY at all, Qb is the last position you want a head case, he might be better than before but he still has bagage and will think he deserves more respect than he should get.
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  • I would really like Portis to get a shot too! With @DangeRuss as a mentor he might put it all together.

    How many times have you "choked" when it's time to sink the 8 ball? Maybe it's a nervous thing that Russell could help him overcome. Russell could sure help him with study and understanding the offense too.

    Portis would also be super cheap and would come with the "chip on my shoulder" mentality. Worth another try!
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  • Largent80 wrote:Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.



    So no Vince Youngt?

    Honestly I think Neal Young would be a better option. Glad to see indications the front office has moved in other directions.
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  • SE174 wrote:
    Largent80 wrote:Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.

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    Also, who knows what that RAW ability can become if Portis becomes a sponge in the ocean that is Russell Wilson's intangibles.

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  • We shouldn't be babbling about what back up we need......horse dodo.

    Portis should have started over T-jack last year.
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  • I like kicking the tires on Vince Young. I have less than zero desire to see Portis back here, but whatever. He wouldn't make the team anyway, likely.
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  • TheWebHead wrote:But Mort has since tweeted this:

    @mortreport I think the VY discussion has ended. No Seattle. “@mfisherwa: Pete's always talked highly of VY's athleticism”


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    UPDATE 12:58 a.m. ET: Seattle’s interest in Vince Young appears to have been short-lived. Mortensen is now reporting the Seahawks have ended their discussions about Young and he won’t be headed to Seattle.

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  • McGruff wrote:
    Happypuppy wrote:I agree with taking a look at him, he has a lot of ability still I suspect but a lot of emotional issues.

    I don't get all the love for Portis. The times I have watched him play he has been terrible. I honestly would feel better with MRob at QB than him.


    Puppy does not seem very happy :(

    Portis is a guy who has gotten literally ZERO quality coaching for the last 6 years for a variety of reasons. Everything he does is raw talent. I think he's shown enough to make me wonder what he could do if given a chance to respond to dedicated nFL coaching.



    I am just not excited about a guy that's line in 2011 was 10-24 , 124 yards and 1 TD.
    I saw him in preseason I. '11 and '12 and I was impressed with his athletic ability and speed but he is not a very good passer at all.

    How about this guy?

    "First quarterback in Penn State history to run for at least ten touchdowns in a season. His 28 touchdowns (17 passing, 11 rushing) was one shy of the school season-record of 29 (26 rushing, 3 catching) by Lydell Mitchell in 1971. He also became the first Nittany Lion to throw three touchdown passes in three separate games during the same season"

    That is MRob... Ad his numbers out of college blew Portis out of the water.

    Seriously , if they think they can turn Portis into an NFL QB I will be impressed, but as long as Wilson stays healthy we are good and its moot who the backup is
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  • Largent80 wrote:Portis fan here.....Go away Tebow T-Jack, hell anyone with T in their name.

    Portis has a T in his name
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.


    Haha, thanks for the laugh!
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  • I think Young would fall in line with all the other big name free agents we've brought in....T.O., Winslow Jr., Edwards, Vince Young.
    They'll bring him in to compete, but also bring some rookie in to make it interesting.
    Within weeks Young will show if he is professional enough or not, or his talent will show what he really is.
    He or someone else will get a shot in preseason and than they will be cut before contracts are guaranteed. Kicking tires, turning over rocks, etc.
    If he makes it he deserves it, but don't be fooled into thinking the back up won't have competition. Thats what Pete is all about.

    Personally I think they want Leinart. They wanted him when they pulled the offer from Hasselbeck in the lock out year. But he chose the Texans.
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.

    Very nice. I'm still laughing.
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  • HawkWow wrote:We should offer Oakland a 7th for Matt Flynn. Just to see if they're paying attention.

    :lol:
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  • JSeahawks wrote:Nice. Vince Young is my top choice of the available dudes.


    mine as well... Heck i'd take Seneca over the rest of the candidates at this point... he played RW-esk when Russ was in pop-warner...
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  • Pete knows what Vince can do, especially because of that big game against him at USC, but I doubt Pete seriously considers Vince because of his complete opposite list of strengths compared to Wilson.
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  • I thought this has already been put to bed?
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  • vin.couve12 wrote:Signing VY for anything would be a bad decision. I'd rather see Portis get PT over him. VY Can barely handle 1 read when dropping back let alone 2...can't get through progressions for ish. He's terrible.

    I agree, from my understanding - he had some mental problems which aren't easily cured. Probably still has them.
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  • Ain't happening, nothing to see here, let's move along now to the Thigpen sucks thread.
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  • Vince Young shows all the signs of being a sociopath. His particular flavor also shows numerous signs that seem to align with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    For you Tacoma people, do you remember a guy named Dale Washam, who randomly got elected as Pierce County Treasurer, then cost the county millions in lawsuit settlements? Yeah, we're talking about the same kind of "leadership" influence. Google it and have some laughs (and some cries, real and local people are involved). As much as I like VY's talent, I just don't think the tiger can change his stripes.

    Since I'm not a psychologist, that means I can say things that are obvious to most observers, without it being an "ethics violation"-because-I-haven't-examined-him. Life brought me a cornucopia of sociopaths over the last 10 years, and I'm getting all too skilled at noticing the signs. My ex-wife's attorney (Narcissistic PD), a nearly-disastrous romantic relationship with a sociopathic Borderline PD, and for several years dated gals whose exes were Narcissist PD's. I paid attention and noticed the patterns. The absolute BEST thing you can do with sociopaths is not to get into any significant business or personal relationship in the first place.

    There's enough data out there to reasonably conclude that VY shows numerous signs of being a sociopath, most likely of the Narcissist PD variety. If you want to know what VY would be like in any kind of extended leadership role, Google the Dale Washam saga, though honestly, VY in a backup role wouldn't be able to do THAT much damage, but he sure would be a cancer and a divisive influence and distraction, and could single-handedly derail the team even in that role.

    Some sociopath traits, from Wikipedia (ICD-10)

    It is characterized by at least 3 of the following:
    Callous unconcern for the feelings of others;
    Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules, and obligations;
    Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them;
    Very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence;
    Incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment;
    Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalizations for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society.

    Does VY's publicly known behavior align with many of those? How about this list:
    Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR include:[1]
    Reacting to criticism with anger, shame, or humiliation
    Taking advantage of others to reach own goals
    Exaggerating own importance, achievements, and talents
    Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance
    Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
    Becoming jealous easily
    Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others
    Being obsessed with self
    Pursuing mainly selfish goals
    Trouble keeping healthy relationships
    Becoming easily hurt and rejected
    Setting goals that are unrealistic
    Wanting "the best" of everything
    Appearing unemotional
    In addition to these symptoms, the person may also display dominance, arrogance, show superiority, and seek power.[6] The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder can be similar to the traits of individuals with strong self-esteem and confidence; differentiation occurs when the underlying psychological structures of these traits are considered pathological. Narcissists have such an elevated sense of self-worth that they value themselves as inherently better than others. However, they have a fragile self-esteem and cannot handle criticism, and will often try to compensate for this inner fragility by belittling or disparaging others in an attempt to validate their own self-worth. It is this sadistic tendency that is characteristic of narcissism as opposed to other psychological conditions affecting level of self-worth.[7]

    For comparison, Brandon Marshall of the Bears has "come out" as having Borderline PD, which often goes along with sociopathic tendencies. He's been honest about it, I would say courageous, and obviously worked hard to get better. (Most Borderline's would shoot the messenger and say YOU have it, not them.) Anyway, Marshall sure torched us, and the rest of the league But I don't see VY's behavior changing enough, since I have no idea if he's doing the work it would take, and he would just be extremely "high risk" and a distraction in the Seahawks locker room. Wise decision by PC/JS to discuss him, but NOT actually bring him in. I wouldn't be surprised if the sociopath + PD issues have been observed and catalogued by the rest of the league and found to be so profound that nobody wants to take a chance on him.
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