Kevin Linkins asked someone to make the case for Derek Devine being kept before former Maryland QB Sam Hollenbach. For those who didn’t read the comment, he essentially pointed out that this was favoritism and that Devine couldn’t even make the Seahawks last year and there is no way he’s any good.
Well, I’ll make the case, Kevin. Devine knows Zorn’s system. He can help the other guys with nomenclature, reads, routes, and even tell him whether Zorn likes his coffee black or with cream. Much like todd Collins was brought in when Al Saunders took over the offense, Devine was brought in to be essentially an interpreter.
The thing is, neither Hollenbach nor Devine will make the final roster. Unless Colt Brennan gets caught with ten pounds of cocaine and a male prostitute, he’s the 3rd QB. Collins is #2 and Campbell is the starter. The most Hollenbach or Devine could be is a practice squad member. It makes perfect sense to keep Devine around until Campbell and Collins are up to speed. Then, they will either replace him with Brennan, or if Brennan is slow to pick up the pro game, they’ll use Devine as emerency QB until Colt is ready.
My read is that this is pretty standard, pretty sensible stuff. Would it have worked better with Seneca Wallace? Sure, but he’d have been too expensive to bring in, and who knows whether the ‘Hawks would have let him go.
Hope this makes sense to you, though I suppose JZ doesn’t really care whether either of us likes it. thanks for the comment and the story idea.