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Seahawks considered drafting Dalton, now face him

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with fans following the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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While Seahawks fans wonder if Charlie Whitehurst or Tarvaris Jackson will start this week, we wouldn’t blame some of them if they wondered “What if?” with the Bengals coming to town.

Reports before the draft claimed that the Seahawks strongly considered drafting quarterback Andy Dalton in the first round. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed as much, saying he and G.M. John Schneider liked “everything about” Dalton when they scouted him.

The Seahawks thought they needed to build their offensive line first before they picked a franchise quarterback. They took tackle James Carpenter; he’s quietly improved his play after a rough start.

Dalton, meanwhile, has helped the Bengals jump out to a 4-2 record. He has a higher quarterback rating than players like Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, and Cam Newton, although we anticipate that won’t be true once the Bengals play the tougher part of their schedule.

It’s way too early to decide whether the Seahawks erred in passing on Dalton. He may or may not be a “franchise quarterback” and perhaps the Seahawks can do better in the draft next April.

This much we know: Another season of Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst isn’t going to happen in Seattle.