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Morning links: Whitehurst the impersonator

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 23, 2010 at 10:40 am with 3 Comments »
September 23, 2010 10:42 am
Seattle Seahawks QB Charlie Whitehurst (Getty Images/Otto Greule).

Charlie Whitehurst will be playing a role he’s very familiar with in practice this week, impersonating San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers for Seattle’s scout team offense in preparation for the Chargers’ visit to Qwest Field.

Whitehurst served as the person who signaled in the calls for San Diego head coach and quarterback guru Norv Turner for three seasons while with the Chargers, so he understands the type of situations and nuisances his former team likes to get into in certain situations.

“I used to try and emulate his throwing motion in practice a few times, and I was amazed at how well it worked and how accurate (I was),” joked Whitehurst about Rivers. “So I think that, and little things he does, he’s very efficient.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll downplayed any help Whitehurst could provide during his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

“Well, as always when you have a player from another program that’s been there, you ask him the questions,” Carroll said. “And we’ll utilize Charlie to throw the offense, of course, for us. And he’ll compete to help us any way he can.

“It’s not as helpful as you might think, but it’s still nice to have it. So we’re pumping Charlie a little bit for some information and making sure he puts together a really good week of showing the defense what it looks like.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says receiver Golden Tate has learned his lesson after starting the season on the inactive list, and could provide Seattle with a much-needed playmaker on Sunday.

Clare Farnsworth of talks to nose tackle Colin Cole about his improved play this season.

Greg Johns of says safety Earl Thomas will be challenged by San Diego’s offensive philosophy to drive the ball vertically down the field.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Seattle’s failed 4th and 2 play against Denver last week.

KJR’s Elise Woodward interviews Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate in this audio link.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes that the Minnesota Vikings had an agreement in place for restricted free agent Vincent Jackson, but Chargers GM A.J. Smith wasn’t interested in moving him. Jackson will likely sit out this season because he does not want to play for San Diego’s current offer on the table.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports says Smith’s stubbornness will cost the Chargers on the field.

More Acee: Rookie running back Ryan Mathews is optimistic he will play on Sunday after suffering a high ankle sprain last week.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I had been under the impression that Tate’s issues with detail (routes, etc…) were not from a lack of effort, but that seems to have been the case. I suppose that’s a good thing, knowing that it’s not an ability issue. It’s hard to imagine a rookie would need that type of “wake up call” but I’m glad it seems to have worked. They need what he can bring.

    Matt Bowen’s Inside The Playbook series he ran this past spring / summer for National Football Post, detailed just what Bradley was talking about in Johns’ piece on Thomas’ challenges this weekend. While Jackson is not there, the principles are the same. Additionally, I question how much cover 2 Seattle will run inside the 20, you get the basic idea.

    (On a side note, this is something I’ve been hoping to see them run with Carlson and Williams. One day maybe…)

  2. sherminator says:

    I’m not really surprised that Golden might need a wake up call, because even though he heard, “everybody is the ‘the Guy'”, “it’s faster”, “and all the cliches, he probably really didn’t believe it.
    I grew up around doctors and Navy pilots (both groups being proven high achievers), and I can tell you every one of them believed that even if the other guys are good, they were still better. Until humiliated a little by life, they just don’t get it that they aren’t hot sh** just because they show up.That said, it can be a powerful and good thing to suffer a little humiliation.

  3. i think that just speaks more to the character of Golden Tate. I think for most competitors of high character, when things dont work out, their solution is… “ive got to work harder. If you think about it, aside from blaming somebody or something else, there trully is no other answer. Most athletes already believe that they are physically capable of doing….well… everything! And it all stems down to a matter of effort, which BTW preparation and effort go hand in hand.

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