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Carroll says future still bright for Whitehurst

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 29, 2010 at 11:37 am with 11 Comments »
December 29, 2010 11:37 am

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the plan remains for Charlie Whitehurst to start on Sunday. He said that Matt Hasselbeck will not practice today and Thursday, but that he did get some pool work in today, and holds out hope that he can play on Sunday.

“He thinks he’s going to make it,” Carroll said about the possibility of Hasselbeck playing on Sunday. “It’s going to be against the odds if he can do that. But he’s willing to go for it, and we’ll see what that means later this week.”

Carroll said that Whitehurst does not have any limitations in terms of knowing the playbook, but the team will try and create a game plan that fits what he does well.

“He’s prepared as well as he could have to this point,” Carroll said about Whitehurst. “I think he was surprised coming into the game last week. It happened so fast that we didn’t respond the way we’d like to. I know that he’s anxious to get back out there and go. It took him awhile to get warmed up and get going last week, and it was too late for us.”

And Carroll said he still believes Whitehurst can evolve into a quality starting quarterback in this league, and that he has not played enough to really develop the raw ability that is there.

“He’s got a tremendous amount of improvement ahead of him,” Carroll said. “And so he has the ability. He can run around. He can throw it. He has a terrific arm. He understands the offense. I think it’s just a matter of time before he’s a really, really good starting quarterback in the NFL. So we’ll hopefully put together a plan that he can really excel at this weekend, and give us what we need to get done, and just keep moving forward.”

Carroll said rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung is still bothered by high-ankle sprains on both ankles, and that the injuries are something that will not fully heal until the offseason when he’s done playing. Okung still is slated to play on Sunday after tweaking his left ankle again during last Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay.

“The two high-ankle sprains aren’t going away,” Carroll said. “Anybody that’s ever had one during the course of a season knows that it doesn’t go away during the season. You can feel it throughout, and it takes months for those things to just go away, where you no longer have any factor being played. So it’s going to be an offseason that really benefits him.”

Asked about the possibility of losing draft position by winning on Sunday, Carroll said that’s something he’ll leave to general manager John Schneider to worry about.

“It means nothing to me,” Carroll said. “To try to imagine how skewed my mind would be if I was thinking about those issue, that’s not what’s going on. We’re going out to do everything we can to play a good football game this weekend.”

And despite the two teams meeting with sub-.500 records, Carroll said the Seahawks still have a chance to reach the goal they established before the season started – to win a NFC West title.

“We’re right exactly on what we had set out to do,” he said. “And we talked about, it would likely come down to a championship opportunity right here at Qwest, and here it is.

“So unfortunately with the record as it looks, it’s still falling into place like we had set out. So we never changed our focus on that. And this program will always be directed in that manner, to continually be on top of your division. That’s what you have to do.”

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  1. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Eric, what is your assessment of Okung’s toughness? It seems that he is pretty tough–both physically (for playing through a repetitive injury) and mentally–but it can appear to the outsider that he is more injury-prone than others. What is your take?

  2. SeahawksFan12: I don’t think he’s injury prone. He played in 52 games in college, including 47 straight. And he’s definitely is in some pain right now. He has regular treatment for the high-ankle sprains, but does not miss practice and always finds a way to make it on the field. I think the injuries at this point are fluky, but certainly something to keep an eye on.

  3. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Eric, thank you. I figured that was the case, especially since he plays a position where that type of injury seems to happen quite a bit. Thank you!

  4. Any word on how Charlie has looked in practice recently? Any improvement?

  5. footballscaa says:

    His futures so bright he should be wearing sunglasses to block out the glare of his on coming success. Or he just close his eyes, much like he does when he gets to play. Sundays going to be ugly.

  6. CW could develop into a good starting QB, just as journeyman QB Rich Gannon eventually became league MVP. But it’s probably going to take a few years. He needs a lot of work.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    If CW does start, I hope they let him some intermediate to deeper passes, as that’s his “strength”. Although the line has to allow him time to take those 5 / 7 step drops and the receivers time to get their 12-15 yard routes in. Overthrowing RBs out of the backfield is not going to get it done Sunday night.

    If he does go, it’s a great opportunity for him. Here’s hoping he takes advantage of it, for both he and the ‘Hawks.

  8. The thing I’ve noticed with Okung is that whenever he’s injured his ankle, it seems as if someone else has landed or stepped on his foot. I’ve seen that happened at least 3 times this season.

  9. Ruben Diaz says:

    says PC if we win Sunday then that worry the draft. JS for us to take a good player, maybe a good QB still and take place 21 instead of 10 0 14, as we must win on Sunday and that JS is ready in the DRAFT.

  10. MattandCindy says:

    Ruben Diaz- Ummmmmmmmmm……..what?!?

    Seriously, this is probably the greatest opportunity that Whitehurst has ever had in his life, let alone his career. If it comes down to him starting, then he’s really gonna have to show what he’s made of. The coaches, FO, players and fans will all, in my opinion, judge him HEAVILY on what he does this Sunday. QB of the future with tremendous upside, or ill-advised mistake quickly corrected after one season???

    I’m sure we’ll know after the final whistle blows at Quest this Sunday.

  11. If Okung was a WR he’d be getting much more grief for always getting hurt.

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