Wouldn’t you like to have really known what was going on when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the rest of the franchises’s brain trust sat down to discuss their quarterback situation?
Take off your 12th Man jersey for a second. If you look at it objectively, the Seahawks did the right thing, right?
Matt Hasselbeck: Great guy, team leader, but he
is gonna be 36 in September, is injury prone and his best
years are behind him. It won’t be long before he joins
older younger brother, Tim, as an analyst on ESPN. Wish
him well, but it’s time to move on. You know that’s what
the Seahawks’ braintrust was thinking. The Hawks
will miss kicker Olindo Mare, who is headed to
Carolina, more than Hasselbeck.
Tarvaris Jackson: Great athlete, big arm, mobile, knows the system that’s going to be put in place. Has a career completion percentage of 58.7 percent. Hasselbeck was 59.9 last year. Bevell was the offensive coordinator at Minnesota, which drafted Jackson in the second round out of Alabama State. Nobody in the league knows him better than Bevell, who must have recommended him to Carroll. This is a new start for Jackson, who has 20 starts under his belt. If the Vikings had not gone after Brett Favre, Jackson might be a star right now. Or not. We’re going to find out.
Kevin Kolb: Kolb must have come up in the conversation. He seemed like a good fit for Seattle, having operated a West Coast offense in Philadelphia. He blew his opportunityh in Philly a year ago, and was pushed aside byMichael Vick. The Seahawks must have have been tempted by Kolb, but with Bevell running the offense, Jackson is a better gamble. Don’t ya think?
Charlie Whitehurst: The jury’s still out on Whitehurst, a.k.a. Clipboard Jesus. I think he’ll be the starter when the Seahawks open the season. If Seattle can become a physical team that relies on the run, Whitehurst will be a good fit. He’s been inconsistent with his deep throws, but I think that’s mostly because of his inconsistent opportunites. I don’t know why everybody’s so down on the guy. He hasn’t really been given a legit shot as a starter. He throws a great ball and he did perform well in a 16-6 win over the St. Louis Rams to get the Hawks into the postseason. Knowing that he’s the guy coming into camp might be enough to get him to that next level.
Matt Leinart: I thought he’d find his way to Seattle, but when word came down that the Hawks were signing Jackson, Leinart oopted to stay in Texas instead of competing for a job with the Seahawks.
Seattle didn’t seem to have any other QB options. It came down to Hasselbeck or Whitehurst/Jackson. I think Carroll, Schnieder and Co. made the right decision. Don’t expect a Super Bowl run, but the Hawks might have enough to make a run for another NFC West title.
And whether it’s Whitehurst or Jackson, you gotta like the fact they’ll be throwing to 6-foot-4 Sidney Rice and 6-5 Mike Williams, on paper the best receiving tandem the Hawks have had in years.