Hawks’ wheel of fortune stops on Huard

  • SCOTT M. JOHNSON / Herald Writer
  • Monday, November 20, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

By SCOTT M. JOHNSON

Herald Writer

KIRKLAND — The wheel of rotating quarterbacks has come to another resting place this week, with the pointer aimed at Brock Huard.

Huard is expected to start this weekend against the Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren hopes he won’t have to make another quarterback decision until the end of the season.

"I have my fingers crossed," Holmgren said. "But right now, I plan to start him."

Huard was back at practice Monday, taking all the snaps with the first team while Jon Kitna watched from the sideline. Kitna had started three consecutive games for the Seahawks, including a performance nine days ago against Jacksonville that earned him AFC offensive player of the week honors.

Huard has missed the past three games because of lingering effects of a concussion he suffered in an Oct. 22 loss to the Oakland Raiders. He should be back in the lineup when the Seahawks host the Broncos on Sunday.

"Health-wise, I’m back to 100 percent," Huard said after Monday’s workout. "The challenge is, being out a few weeks and now getting back into it."

The re-insertion of Huard into the starting lineup marks another twist to an already tangled quarterback position this season. Kitna started the season opener, but almost got benched following a four-interception performance at Miami. Huard eventually did take the job, in Week 6, but lasted only three weeks before getting knocked out due to a concussion.

Kitna went into the bye week with his finest performance of the season after completing 22 of 33 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Jacksonville.

Huard was one of the few players to stay behind last week, when Holmgren gave the team time off before Sunday’s bye. Huard underwent tests and worked out for team trainers, then was finally cleared to practice Monday for the first time in nearly a month.

"These things usually don’t linger more than mine seemed to linger. Mine was probably even more unusual because it kind of lasted a couple weeks," Huard said of the concussion. "I was anxious and excited to work out last week. I wish we were practicing (Monday) afternoon, and (Tuesday) and Wednesday morning, because I just need to get back out here and get going."

Huard looked a little rusty at practice, but that’s to be expected. Holmgren did not waste any time in giving him back the job, even though Kitna had his most effective game of the season last time out.

"Brock was the starting quarterback before he was injured," Holmgren said. "Lord knows we’ve talked enough about the plan. Now we’re sticking with the plan, and I expect the offense to maintain the level of play they’ve showed the last few games."

Holmgren’s so-called "plan" involves finding out who is the Seahawks’ quarterback of the future. Already having 25 games in which to evaluate Kitna, Holmgren wants to see as much of Huard as he can during the final five games of the season.

"I want to see him play well, make good decisions, be careful with the football, throw the ball accurately," Holmgren said, "the things that I need to find out from anybody who plays that position.

"We all got a little taste of it in the (three) games he started. I thought, in particular, the Indianapolis game he played a good football game. Now we just have five games left in the season. Hopefully, he can maintain what he did before and get us some wins."

Huard realizes how important these five games are to his career, so he’s hoping the concussion is a thing of the past.

"I’ll be excited to play Sunday," Huard said. "I need to get in rhythm this week and get my feet, literally, back under me."

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks (56) and safety Jamal Adams (33) talk during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the team's facilities in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
5 things to watch during Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp

The camp is only three days long, but some clarity could arise on a number of issues.

Empty seats are shown at Husky Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Washington and Oregon State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans were not permitted to attend the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
State football title games moving to Husky Stadium for ’23 season

The WIAA announced Tuesday a one-year agreement with the University of Washington to host the games for the upcoming season.

Giants pitcher Ryan Walker, an Arlington High School graduate, works against the Pirates during the sixth inning of a game on May 30 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Arlington graduate Walker reaches big leagues with Giants

The WSU alum was drafted in 2018 and has since climbed the minor-league ladder until his promotion to the majors on May 21.

Lake Stevens’ Cole Becker celebrates a touchdown with teammates after putting his team up against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
2022-23 Herald Athletic Cup: Lake Stevens captures 1st place

The Vikings win the competition, which rewards local high schools for their overall athletic success, for the second straight year.

X
Spring 2023 All-Wesco teams

Note: All-Wesco teams are chosen by the league’s coaches. For any misspellings… Continue reading

X
AquaSox bullpen falters in 9th in loss to Canadians

Everett carries a two-run lead into the final inning, but a late grand slam lifts Vancouver to an 8-5 win.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., right, gets up after safely steals second base as Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in San Diego. Tatis Jr. advanced to third on the throwing error by catcher Cal Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Kirby struggles, Mariners fall to Padres to split short series

The young righty gives up five runs and 11 hits in a season-low 3.2 innings as Seattle loses 10-3.

Everett Public Schools athletes of the year Jackson's Sylas Williams (left) and Cascade's Abby Surowiec (right) with Superintendent Ian Saltzman at the Everett Public Schools athletics awards banquet Thursday, June 1, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools)
Student-athletes honored at Everett Public Schools banquet

Jackson’s Sylas Williams and Cascade’s Abby Surowiec were named the athletes of the year at the annual awards ceremony.

X
Schaeffer dominant in debut, AquaSox blank Canadians

The 2022 Seattle Mariners draft pick strikes out 10 in his first start after being promoted as Everett wins 2-0.

Most Read