I hate to quote an entire story from another outlet in a blog post, but all 17 words of Scott Wolf’s recent entry at Inside USC are worth relaying:
We hear the Seahawks spoke to former USC quarterback Matt Leinart about joining the team next season.
Compelling. And rich.
Leinart would obviously make a hell of a lot of sense in Seattle, mainly — or only — because Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was his coach at USC. As we all know, Carroll establishes very deep connections with his players, so if anyone’s going to give Leinart another chance to compete for a starting job, it’ll be him.
But before we get carried away, ESPN’s Mike Sando throws water on the Leinart-Carroll fire:
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been selective in pursuing his former players at USC. He placed strict conditions on receiver Mike Williams. He quickly released running back LenDale White after determining White wasn’t serious enough in his approach. He traded defensive end Lawrence Jackson to Detroit, where Jackson appears to be a much better fit.
Interestingly, talk of Leinart to the Seahawks has picked up at about the exact same time that rumors have arrived stating that the ‘Hawks could end up bringing back Matt Hasselbeck, who was considered to be as good as gone last month.
“I think there’s now a better than a 50-50 chance that Matt comes back,” ESPN’s John Clayton told a Seattle radio station. “And you know he wants to come back.”
The Seahawks didn’t draft a quarterback, which means they’re likely to pursue a veteran pivot like Leinart to compete with Hasselbeck and/or Charlie Whitehurst. If Hasselbeck returns, he’ll undoubtedly be the starter, but he’ll also surely be charged with grooming Leinart and/or Whitehurst for the starting job of the future.
That probably doesn’t sound too appetizing to Seahawks fans, who would prefer someone with a higher ceiling. Leinart and Whitehurst have done nothing to indicate that they’re potential franchise quarterbacks.
That said, maybe playing for his old college coach will be just what the doctor ordered for the talented lefty from SoCal.