Whitehurst, Jackson or Leinart?

Sounds like Matt Leinart will be one of the QBs who will challenge Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. Mike Sando of ESPN.com analyzes the QB battle now that Matt Hasselbeck’s out of the picture.

I agree with most everything Steve Kelly writes in this column on Matt Hasselbeck. But I don’t think I’d pencil Jackson automatically as the starting QB.  I  think Charlie Whitehurst has a chance to be the starter. I know I’m in the minority here, but we still don’t really know how good (or bad) Whitehurst is. I thought he looked pretty good in the regular-season ending win that got the Hawks into the playoffs. Now he’s going into camp with a legit shot to win the starting job. Why’s everybody so down on Charlie? I don’t get it.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if Leinart isn’t on the roster at the start of the season. Leinart’s been a bust thus far, but  his old USC coach, Pete Carroll, might be able to get him back on track.

Mariners will honor the SuperSonics on Friday at Safeco Field. Maybe they ought to suit up Freddy Brown to see if he can hit the long ball as good as he could make the long ball. Put Gary “The Glove’ Payton at shortstop and let George Karl manage the game.

Chone Figgins is the game MVP for the M’s in their 17th straight loss. He was the only player not to strike out and he drove in Seattle’s only run with a fielder’s choice.

Hydros head to Tri Cities. Qualifying Friday. Racing Saturday and Sunday.


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