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Morning links: Shelving Hasselbeck the wise thing to do

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 4, 2008 at 7:15 am with 17 Comments »
November 4, 2008 7:15 am

Some links to chew on this morning.


Seattle Seahawks


Quarterback Matt Hasselback and defensive end Patrick Kerney are likely out this week, although Hasselback may practice in a limited capacity this week, reports Frank Hughes. Kerney is having exploratory surgery on his re-injured shoulder and might be out for the year.


Dave Boling says the prudent thing to do is to let Hasselbeck heal up for the rest of the season and not get injured further in some meaningless games at the end of the year.



An interesting take on the Seahawks situation from Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly.


Coach Mike Holmgren has run out of motivational speeches, but says the team will continue to work hard to turnaround the season. Seattle is 2-6 at the midpoint of the season for the sixth time in team history, reports Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.


San Francisco 49ers


Some news and notes from Mike Singletary’s press conference on Monday, including the 49ers releasing former Seahawks fullback David Kirtman and signing blocking tight end Sean Ryan.


Apparently Singletary has called off the search for the individual who leaked the locker room story of the coach pulling down his pants as a motivational ploy during halftime of the game against the Seahawks.


Also, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that quarterback Alex Smith had surgery to remove a small piece of bone from is broken shoulder this week, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.


Arizona Cardinals


Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt defends making rookie Tim Hightower the starter over veteran Edgerrin James.


Whisenhunt said the team still needs to define Edge’s role, particularly now that J.J. Arrington also is getting more carries than the veteran back.


Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers also offers some post-game takes on the Cardinals game, including an observation from one reporter that it may take only seven wins to take the NFC West.


Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says quarterback Kurt Warner is putting up MVP numbers.


St. Louis Rams


After not being able to go 100 percent last week, St. Louis Coach Jim Haslett vowed to make sure Jackson is healthy this week before deciding to play him. Jackson’s injury, along with injuries to running backs Antonio Pittman and Travis Minor, limited the Rams’ play-calling.


Receiver Drew Bennett and returner Dante Hall are done for the year.

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  1. brianc1279 says:

    I agree that it would be foolish to bring back Hasselbeck to play meaningless games where he could be injured. Let guys heal and get some great draft picks to start off with a bang next season.

  2. pabuwal says:

    I wonder if Holmgren realizes that if he goes 2-14, that he will leave with just a 51% winning percentage compared with 48% for Ericson. Within that 51% winning percentage is a likely 3-28 road record against teams that finished the year with a winning record.

    Another startling fact is that the Seahawks division has always had 2 teams with a record above .500 except for most of the years the Seahawks have won the division (1988 and 2003-2007) and 1998 and 2002. The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1998. In 1999 the Seahawks won the division tied with the Chiefs at 9-7.

    This pretty much says when the Seahawks win the division, they do so by default.

  3. luckman15 says:

    Whoa whoa whoa, bag the season at 2-6? Are you serious? Boling is trying to write something interesting for his column. Talk about bagging the season at 2-8, fine. But 2-6 in this division is still alive to me. The Hawks have won 8 games straight before. I’m certainly not saying that this team is capable of winning the rest of the schedule, but for everyone to give up on the season and put Hasselbeck on the shelf with both games left against the Cardinals and so much more football to play is really stupid. We play in the NFC West. You guys in the media overanalyzing everything is super annoying. Boling’s opinion is just an opinion and he’s trying to write something interesting. I don’t even know why I’m on this forum today. At this point all I care about is the game Sunday and if they lose 2 more we know this thing is done.

    Boling: This is football…haven’t we all heard the phrase “any given Sunday”? I don’t even understand how this team could “bag” the season. That just doesn’t make sense. Who are we going to play instead of our starters? And why would we do that? You keep working and bring Hasselbeck back. It’s as easy as that. If they lose the next 2 THEN you put him on IR.

  4. toiletduck says:

    I completely disagree with shelving Hasselbeck. This season is not over until they lose 8 games. I realize they’d pretty much have to run the table right now, but let’s have this discussion after they lose again, hopefully not this weekend. It also can’t hurt for Matt to get some work in, it’s not like he’s been sharp this year, even with the WR problems.

  5. CowboysP says:

    Matt, Time to “SHUT IT DOWN”!

    Nothing to gain by trying to play now.
    What Matt needs to find is if he can play next season, not this season….

  6. I do not understand this attitude…..

    Professional sports teams and athletes do not stop playing because their won/loss record makes it uinlikely they will make the play-offs. If that were true, the Lions might as well default their remaining games to guard against injury.

    I guarantee you, Matt, Kerney, Lofa and Branch want to play.

    Holmgren and Ruskell want them to play.

    They play for pride, for statistics and because they are professionals. Giving up is for losers, not professional sports teams and athletes.

  7. Shelf him? That’s crap.
    Play him. The fat lady hasn’t sung/sang yet.

  8. Fredline says:

    A little soon to completely give up in this division.
    If ‘Glass Jaw Warner’ goes down in the next couple weeks the Cardinals could fold like a 2 egg pudding.
    Besides they still have to play the Giants, Eagles, US twice, New England, etc. Still 8 games to go, don’t give up yet.
    And do you really think Hasselbeck wants to wait another year to play? He only has so many seasons left as it is.

  9. IdahoHawk says:

    Cardinals are one or to injuries away from big problems. Is Warner going to make through the whole season? Get you ass back on the field and fight for the twelth man. Don’t give me this crap.

  10. brianc1279 says:

    Just as an FYI no nfl team has ever made the playoffs after going 2-6 and losing their eighth game of the season. I am a huge hawk fan and would love to still make it happen this season but if we lose on this east coast trip to Miami I don’t care how bad the division is it just doesnt happen.

  11. Making the play-offs isn’t the issue.

    This is a professional sports franchise with professional players; you always play to win.

    While this attitude of protecting players seems like a practical perspective, it is complely counter productive to building a wining team and organization.

  12. bulldog80 says:

    So what are we saving Matt up for? Next season? Sure, lets let all of our starters rest for the remainder of the season. I mean, heck, why would we want any of them to get hurt. Shucks that wouldn’t make any sense, lets sign a bunch of scrubs so they can play the rest of the season and not risk any of our “star” players.

  13. livinglargent says:

    Anyone who has seen this team play this year and still thinks this season isn’t over is suffering from terminal Pollyannaitis. Stick a fork in this team, it’s done. Put Hasselbeck, Branch and Kerney on IR and save them for next season. Presuming Branch doesn’t get hurt in camp or something. Start playing guys like Vallos and make Willis a full time starter. We’re just playing out the string, like the 49ers, Rams, Lions, Bengals, Raiders and jaguars are.

  14. brianc1279 says:

    Nobody said anything about all of our starters. The fact is without Hasselbeck this team does not have any other QB that can get it done. Protect Matt and you can still have some good years out of him. Let him get torched for no reason and this team is going to need a lot of time to rebuild.

  15. Even if the season is over, the point of playing the games is to win. To win, you need to play your best players.

    Winning is a losing season is still worthwhile….. it encourages more winning for the next season. It allows the team to evaluate its starters to determine what changes to make in free agency and the draft.

  16. Sorry…. should have said ‘winning in a losing season is still worthwhile’

  17. bulldog80 says:

    What still hasn’t been explained is how is playing Matt this season somehow risking the rest of his career? What is there some total passes thrown odometer hidden under his nut sack or something?

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