Tag:J.P. Losman
Posted on: June 23, 2010 8:25 pm

Whitehurst fails to impress, then impresses

When Seattle traded a 2010 second-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick to San Diego for a 2010 third-round selection and career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst (and agreed to pay him about $5 million a year to make him the signal-caller of the future), it was a surprise.

Consider: Whitehurst has spent his four years in the NFL as a backup to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and he’s made exactly zero passing attempts in a regular-season game. He’s not shown that he’s a high-level NFL QB who eventually can replace Matt Hasselbeck. He’s not shown he’s better than J.P. Losman, who spent last year in the UFL before signing with Seattle but was a starter for most of his five seasons in Buffalo.

Yes, Whitehurst is tall and athletic. Yes, he has a big-time arm. Yes, Seattle’s coaches and front office personnel say they see a big upside to him – coach Pete Carroll has even hinted that he could compete with Hasselbeck for the starting role. But honestly, I was never that impressed with him when I saw him live a few times during his years at Clemson (less than 60 percent completion percentage during his career and 49 touchdowns to 46 interceptions). 

So, I ask: if he wasn't that spectacular in the ACC, how's he going to be the Seahawks QB of the future?

During Seattle’s mini-camp this week, Whitehurst had mixed results.

In a Tacoma News-Tribune blog post from Eric D. Williams on Tuesday, he wrote that Losman is “far closer to being a game-ready productive quarterback than Whitehurst.” Williams cites Losman’s arm and his experience. Whitehurst has the arm as well; just not the experience.

Yet, in a blog post today for the Seattle Times , Danny O’Neil wrote that, on the final day of mini-camp, Whitehurst looked as impressive as he’s been since he put on a Seattle uniform.

So, who knows? We ask you this, though. Will the guy making $5 million be the third-string QB? Or will it be the guy making $630,000?

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 12:00 am

Starting over in the minors

On Monday, we learned former Redskins QB Doug Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII will become the GM of the United Football League’s hot-off-the-presses approved team in Norfolk, Va.

Williams is only the latest former NFL star to turn up in the UFL. Last week, the rumors were hot and heavy that former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell would show up in the league, though that hasn’t happened. You also might remember former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has joined the Sacramento Mountain Lions (working, by the way, with his old coach Dennis Green), while former Packers star RB Ahman Green – a four-time Pro Bowler – is continuing his career with the Omaha Nighthawks.

You’ll remember last year (or, probably, you don’t) that former Bills QB J.P. Losman, former Bengals RB DeDe Dorsey and former Giants coach Jim Fassel starred in the league. The league also is expanding. Last season, four teams played six times. This year, there’s a fifth team – the Nighthawks, coached by Jeff Jagodzinski (who’s had quite a ride himself these past few years ) – and in 2011, Norfolk will join.

If you have a minute, take a look at a UFL roster. You’ll see players who you’ll recognize from the NFL but players you probably haven’t thought about in a while. A guy like Tim Rattay or Eric Ghiaciuc or Chris Perry or Brooks Bollinger (last season’s league MVP). Plus, you’ll see plenty of all-conference college players who simply weren’t good enough to stick in the NFL.

Or you’ll find somebody like Culpepper – a three-time Pro Bowler who threw for more than 24,000 yards and 149 touchdowns in his 11-year NFL career.

This is what he said when he signed:

"My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football," Culpepper said in a statement released by the league. "When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento, I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players."

He must really want to play. After all, he could have been the Detroit Lions starting QB last year (if he had beaten out Matthew Stafford for the job). I wanted to get a current NFL player’s opinion on the NFL, so I asked Bengals FS Chris Crocker about it.

“Those guys obviously think they can still play football,” Crocker said. “It kind of depends on where they are in their career. Take Daunte. If you can make $200,000 or $300,000 and play eight games, that’s not a bad gig. But you won’t see guys like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning doing something like that, because it tarnishes your reputation.”

I’d say there’s very little chance Culpepper is making $300,000. In fact, I’d be shocked if that was the case. At the maximum, I’d guess he’s making $50,000. But if he thinks he can play well enough to earn another chance in the NFL, why not take the plunge?

All you have to think about is Kurt Warner, who went from obscurity in the AFL to a probable Pro Football Hall of Famer. It's not an impossible task. It's happened before, and Culpepper hopes it can happen again.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:59 pm

A JaMarcus Russell post, but please read anyway

It’s obvious Russell himself has no future in the NFL. Sure, his arm is a cannon. But so is the rest of him. Like a cannon, Russell is heavy, slow-moving and unable to make quality decisions on his own. At least you can get a cannon to work when you ignite its fuse. Russell? What fuse?

Russell’s football future is clearly the minor leagues. The UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks want him, but sources say that, at this point, the former No. 1 overall pick prefers to continue working out and honing his mechanics in Arizona. Russell still hopes to latch on with an NFL team.

Is it better for a quarterback to try to regain his career via the NFL, or better to go through the minor leagues? The NFL offers more money but less playing time. You’ll get better coaching in the NFL, but you won’t get as much of it. And, again, you won’t get many opportunities to showcase what you’ve learned.

J.P. Losman spent last season in the UFL. He rejoined the NFL as a Raider last year and is now in a third-string role with the Seahawks. Daunte Culpepper, unable to get a genuine shot at a starting job in the NFL, is trying his hand in the CFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions). A lot of people thought Michael Vick should have gone to the UFL last year rather than toil away in near-obscurity with the Eagles. In Vick’s case, the additional playing time of the UFL would have served him well, and he probably would be in contention for a starting job somewhere right now. Of course, keep in mind, Vick is currently the No. 2 quarterback in Philly. That’s a considerably better situation than any of these aforementioned quarterbacks are in.

--Andy Benoit

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