Should The Chargers Bring Back Billy Volek?

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

After releasing Billy Volek in March, did the Chargers put all their backup eggs in one basket by signing Charlie Whitehurst or “clipboard Jesus” as some writers affectionately call him, back from the Seattle Seahawks to be their 2nd team backup quarterback?

Billy Volek was traded to San Diego in 2006 from the Tennessee Titans. Since then, Volek had seen spot duty behind Philip Rivers.

During the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 13, 2008, Volek replaced the injured Philip Rivers and led a fourth-quarter comeback over the defending champions.

He completed 3 of his 4 passes, including a 15-yard pass on his second pass attempt. He also scored his first touchdown of the year on a one-yard quarterback sneak which allowed the Chargers to win the game 28-24, and go to the 2007 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

Whitehurst was a third round draft pick in 2006 and was their third string backup quarterback behind Billy Volek and Philip Rivers until 2009.

Whitehurst was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks on March 17, 2010, in exchange for a 2011 third-round draft pick to San Diego, and the two teams switched second-round picks in the 2010.

He was signed to a two-year, $8 million contract for a quarterback with essentially no starting experience.

On November 7, 2010 Whitehurst started and played in week 9 against the New York Giants due to an injury suffered by starter Matt Hasselbeck.

Whitehurst started on January 2, 2011, in a Sunday Night game against the division rival St. Louis Rams to determine the NFC West champion. In the game, Whitehurst had a 61-yard pass to Ruvell Martin.

Whitehurst was 5-for-5 for 85 yards on the opening drive and finished the first half going 16-for-21 with 138 yards and one touchdown.

Prior to the 2011 preseason, Whitehurst was named the backup to Tarvaris Jackson, the former Vikings quarterback whom Seattle acquired in the 2011 offseason.

Jackson and Whitehurst were expected to compete for the starting job once Whitehurst became familiar with the new offensive schemes.

Whitehurst went 14-of-19 passing with one touchdown to put Seattle on the board against the Vikings in 2011′s second preseason action.

Whitehurst took over for an injured Jackson during a week 5 matchup at the New York Giants.

In that game Whitehurst outscored Jackson’s 14 points in the first three quarters by putting up 20 points in the fourth quarter, going 11-for-19, 149 yards, and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, securing a 36-25 Seattle victory.

Coach Pete Carroll had named Whitehurst to take over as starting quarterback until Jackson healed from a pectoral injury.

In week 7 against the Cleveland Browns, Whitehurst was named starter after Jackson could not recover from his pectoral injury suffered in the Giants game.

Whitehurst did not fare well in the start, going 12 of 30 for 92 yards, with no touchdowns and two turnovers. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

I have to believe that the only reason the Chargers released Volek was to make room under the salary cap.

Is Charlie Whitehurst good enough to be the Chargers 2nd string quarterback behind Philip Rivers?

Should they consider bringing back Billy Volek at a reduced rate?

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  • BoogaP

    I would very much prefer Volek to Whitehurst.  Would be great if we brought him back.

  • Sam123123

    If rivers goes down for 3+ games it doesn’t matter. I think that Whitehurst is a capable back up. Over 3 games the Chargers could win the same with Whitehurst and Volek I’d say. They’re comparable players in my opinion.

  • jimthechimp

    @chargersbuzztap only if volek is very cheap

  • chargerrocket

    I prefer Volek if he’s cheap. There’s a reason why Charlie is called Clipboard Jesus!

  • JohnHambrick

    If we can get No.7 back I say yes! Hes battle tested in high stress situations and has proven he can win when it counts! That to me is the main job of a back up to make the elite starter comfortable when hes on top that if he goes down hes got ur back and to push him to stay on top for fear of losing his job (second one not really the case in this situation but you kno what I mean)

  • street

    you know the last time we needed a clutch series from our backup was that game in 08 in indy.. p.r. has been one tough sob. I think if the price is right we can go with chuck.

    • JohnHambrick

      @street agreed but also if the price is right shouldnt we go with the better player and not the ok player? Rivers is tough but hes gettin older we need to protect the season! Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

  • biggsybolt

    I agree with all comments here. Billy has been clutch for us when needed but, Norv is a QB guru and under Norv instead of Carroll, Charlie should excellent. Here is a fact most people don’t know, Norv was Dan Fouts’ back up in Oregon and learned a lot of his stuff from Air Coryell! This is why our team looks like it did back in the late ’70s to early ’80s.

  • Chargertom

    Whitehurst plays better with the Chargers.But if we can get Volek back why not! He knows the offence.

  • Jeremy Williams

    Yes clipboard Jesus sucks… I live in Seattle and watched him suck… I don’t like the Seahawks so it was great… You don’t want him quarterbacking the chargers when it counts… Like I said sucks… Couldn’t hit a barn door with a football

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    I would much rather have Billy back there, but am afraid to upset clipboard… Haha

  • SandyPeisner

    Get Billy back.

  • Bleu

    Keep the money they would spend to get him and put it elsewhere

  • MikeTuck

    Cocky is letting Billy go and Whitehurst take his place. Rivers goes down and I’m rooting for Charlie Clipboard like a madman. But he’s not Volek, Volek is a true backup that has winner all over him. He knows how to minimize the mistakes in a game and has a proven track record. To think that Rivers going down isn’t a problem is naive at best. Smith’s decision shows the difference between Cocky and Confident. Keeping Volek if your making a Superbowl run is a move well worth the money. Letting him go was insane at best. I really hope the play that Charlie got with the Seabirds helped him learn alot because if Rivers goes down the Players need someone they can believe in, that was Billy Volek.

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