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Morning links: Who’s No. 2

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 5, 2010 at 7:29 am with 12 Comments »
August 5, 2010 7:29 am

Our own Dave Boling takes a closer look at one of the more interesting camp battles, the competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot.

While general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll had hoped to create some competition for Matt Hasselbeck with the addition of Charlie Whitehurst, what has developed is a nice battle between Whitehurst and veteran J.P. Losman for the backup job.


The reason to focus on the outcome of a training camp competition for the backup quarterback spot is obvious. Hasselbeck is almost 35 and has missed 11 games the past two seasons.

One more tweaked oblique or a Patrick Willis helmet to Hasselbeck’s ribs, and coach Pete Carroll is going to have to call somebody’s number to replace him.

It makes the comparative development of Whitehurst and Losman one of the more interesting competitions in this preseason. At the very least, this is definitely not a situation, as in the past around here, where the backup is an entrenched veteran, and the No. 3 guy just a youthful project.

And the issue is too valuable to the success of the season to just assume that the job will be Whitehurst’s because of the trade and contract investment in him.

Boling talks to KJR’s Elise Woodward about the top stories of training camp in this audio link.

Clare Farnsworth of reviews the first four days of camp, highlighting some of the best plays during that period.

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer goes one-on-one with T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The outspoken receiver says he got away from doing what makes him good last year, and he will speak his mind even more this upcoming season. We’ll have our recorders ready Housh.

Former Seattle Seahawks guard Frank Beede is voted NFL teacher of the year.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post details LenDale White’s return to Denver, the place he grew up.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports offers his take on the Brett Favre situation along with how he believes the Seahawks will do this season in this conversation with KJR’s Elise Woodward.

Morning links
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  1. In the Losman-Whitehurst competition, my money’s on Losman. He’s the one who has faced down competition before and was never satisfied with being a backup.

    That said, Losman’s best year in Buffalo was 7-9. All the more reason that Hasselbeck needs to avoid injury this year.

    If we end up with the J.P. and Charlie show, that could be painful to watch. If it comes to that, some fans will start screaming for the Seahawks to tank in hopes of drafting Jake Locker. I really don’t want to see a season come to that.

  2. rollo73 says:

    If Okung’s agent would quit being a b***h then this would be a non-issue. Get the LT into camp.

  3. pabuwal says:

    If we don’t see the Hasselbeck of 2002-2007, will the Seahawks have the WORST QB situation in the NFL?

    This “competition” between Losman and Whitehurst reminds me of the Dan McGwire/Kelly Stouffer competition in 1992. There were no winners, only losers.

  4. My ?: is either of these guys actually an upgrade over Seneca Wallace, or did PC pull a Bavasi?

  5. Dukeshire says:

    pabuwal – The Jags and Bill come to mind as worse. Far worse. But let’s hold the doomsday talk until we at least see Whitehurst in action.

  6. snydro22 says:

    Anyone is an upgrade over 2009 Seneca. Anyone.

  7. At least both Whitehurst and Losman have the size for NFL quarterbacks (unlike Wallace). We can’t expect these guys to look sharp after only one week in camp. Give them some time to learn PC’s system. If they still show no signs of improvement in a month, then start panicking.

  8. I would like to add, very few Seahawk fans liked Hasselbeck when he first showed up. Now, most of us feel that he is one of the best, if not the best, QB to ever play for the franchise.

  9. dirtbiker_joey says:

    Based on what I’ve seen and read – bearing in mind that I am NOT an NFL coach, talent scout, or any other type of expert – Losman seems like the clear leader in this battle. Like Boling points out, though, let’s hope Hass stays off the carpet, stays healthy, and this becomes a moot issue.

  10. Our Week #2 game at Denver just got easier. Dumervil tore his pec and is out for the season. I don’t like injuries, but I’m glad to have some other team get them for a change.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    They’ve been crushed by injuries this camp. That is a brutal loss.

  12. IdahoHawk says:

    Pete get on the phone with Denver and trade them your problem child (HILL).

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