With the 16th pick in the 1991 Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Dan McGwire, a QB out of San Diego State. He was a lesser known player and by the consensus at the time was a major reach at that pick. Rumor has it that the Hawks' ownership and coaching staff were at odds over the selection - but unfortunately for McGwire and Seahawks' fans alike, Ken Behring, the Seahawks' then owner, trumped all and took McGwire despite the scouts' and head coach Chuck Knox's furious cries of disagreement. (Knox and co were set on taking Brett Favvvvv...ra)
McGwire, who stands 6'8, was the tallest QB in the history of the NFL, but never showed promise in Seattle. His first several seasons he sat at 2nd or 3rd in the depth chart and when he did come in to play he was atrocious. After three years on the Seahawks' bench, McGwire's 'successor,' Rick Mirer, was drafted by the Seahawks to play QB, and McGwire was seemingly the forgotten man. However, Mirer was soon injured, forcing McGwire into action. He started three games, completing 48% of his passes while throwing 1 TD to 3 interceptions and being sacked 13 times. He was cut from the Seahawks after the '94 season and caught on with the Dolphins briefly but was out of the league after only playing in one game for Miami.
Despite being originally dubbed 'the quarterback of the future,' McGwire failed to develop into even a marginally effective quarterback after several years of being groomed on the bench and was finally released after four seasons for nothing in return.
Also, though many of the consequences of being drafted were out of McGwire's control, he unfortunately caused the rift between Ken Behring and Chuck Knox, ultimately leading to Knox's tenure with the Hawks coming to an end. The subsequent change of coaching staff marked the beginning of a downslide for the Hawks that lasted for seven years.
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