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Whitehurst says he’s ready; Hasselbeck doesn’t practice again

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm with 19 Comments »
December 30, 2010 3:20 pm

For the second straight day reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst tool all the reps with the first unit, and starter Matt Hasselbeck watched from the sideline during this afternoon’s practice.

Whitehurst, who would make his second career start if goes on Sunday, said the work with the first unit has helped, and he’s prepared to face St. Louis.

“They really get after it,” Whitehurst said. “They play hard and put pressure on you as an offense. So we’re going to have to be on top of it. And we’ll try to run it, try to throw it and score points.”

Whitehurst also evaluated his performance so far this season.

“When you go in there you expect to play well, and play to a very high level,” he said. “I think there’s times I have done that, and times I haven’t. And I know it takes time. This is a competitive league, but you want to be good. And you want to be good now. And I think I could have played better this year, but I’ve got another opportunity. And I want to go out there and play well.”

Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said that Whitehurst has looked good in practice so far, and it helps that he’s getting first-unit reps this week in anticipation of playing on Sunday.

“He’s playing well right now,” Bates said. “He’s throwing the ball hard. He’s moving around in the pocket. The tough thing about our offense is if you’re the starting quarterback you get every rep, and that’s what I’ve always believed. That’s what we did in Tampa, it’s what we did in Denver, New York. … and the backup quarterback doesn’t really get any reps – it has to be mental reps.”

Along with Hasselbeck, receiver Brandon Stokley (head) did not practice today. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee) and Olindo Mare (back) returned to practice.

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  1. vancityhawk says:

    I fully support CW or MH. No matter who starts I wish them luck and hope for a big Seahawk win.

  2. Whitehurst saying all the right things. I really do sincerely believe Seahawk management still considers Whitehurst the future of the franchise. To be fair to him, he’s had 1 career start and he’s already been written off. There is a serious lack of patience in major american sports: it is no longer an option to properly rebuild. You must always “win now”.

    Though I admit he’s looked godawful this year. He’s rarely looked all that good, only once in throwaway time at home. But we need to be patient. I remember watching Hasselbeck struggle with the West Coast offense, that was pretty ugly at times. He went out there and looked completely incompetent. But that’s how players develop. Reminds me of Justin Smoak and the Mariners- people need to realize that these players see a gradual growth. It’s called rebuilding and developing talent. Notice how any Seattle team rarely does it, and the correlation with winning?

    All I’m saying, I suppose, is that Whitehurst probably isn’t going to play well on Sunday. And if he returns next year to start, he may not even be that great then. But by that time he’ll be 29, still in his prime, and becoming a pretty good quarterback in a league where they’re getting rarer and rarer. I think we can get a solid 5 years out of this guy if we just give him time, or at least enough time to be reasonably sure of otherwise. Not 2 games.

  3. vichawkfan says:

    anyone have an idea what’s the difference in potential draft position with a win or loss on Sunday?

  4. i think assuming the home playoff game is a loss, it’s 24th, and if not it’s between 6-11 as of now.

  5. Does anyone know if he actually looks good in practice or if the staff is trying to pump up his confidence? I only ask because the consensus has been that he has generally not impressed in practice.

  6. williambryan says:

    Nice post guts.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Actually, that’s close… But if they win Sunday and lose the first playoff game they’ll draft 21st. If they lose Sunday, we’ll have to see how other teams around the league fare, like; 49ers / Ariz, Cle, Hou, Dallas, Det to know for sure.

    Pabuwal can break it down more specifically. His latest “power-ranking” has them picking 7th is everything goes “right”. ;)

    Bates’ comments about the starter taking every rep are interesting. Holmgren as I recall broke it up a bit. Something like 80 / 20 starter to back-up. Maybe Dave can confirm this…?

  8. Duke, wouldn’t it be hilarious if they ended up picking last?

  9. The Cardinals and 49ers will be in prime position to land one of the higher rated QBs in the draft unless the Seahawks can jump in front of SF. The Seahawks can not win the SoS tiebreaker with the Cardinals.

    Judging by Seahawks fans consternation over the Rams and Sam Bradford, the other 2 teams finding stud QBs while the Seahawks continue with their mess would be a disaster.

    Unless, somehow Charlie Whitehurst can prove to be the real deal on Sunday and throughout the playoffs – then the Seahawks will be riding high.

  10. Ruben Diaz says:

    If we lose Sunday we could be 8 0 14 to the Draft, and if we win then we’ll be 20 or 21. but I as fan I want the seahawks win and play a playoff game and JS to do its work on the Draft to collect good players, so everyone must do their job, finally We will give oportunity to CW show can with responsibility. If you cannot CW with this work So anyone know which are the best QB in 2011 class.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    RADEoN – Nothing would make me happier! lol

  12. OutSydeDog says:

    Our defense (gag) needs our offense to stay on the field, or they will need the offense to score 50 to have a chance to win, which our offense is in no shape to do, regardless of who the QB is. 3 ST scores, anyone?

    I am a diehard and optimistic fan who cheers for every guy who pulls on the jersey and steps on the field to represent our team. So, I will be in front of my TV, as I have never been able to swing season tix, rooting and yelling loud enough to be heard all the way to Qwest, but my brain tells my heart to be ready for the gut wrenching of another pitiful performance. What does it all mean? Means that I’ll need more beer.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  13. Seahawkgo says:

    Go Seahawks, go Charlie. Do your best for Seahawks. Matt suck.

  14. Any word on the average gain on first down and second downs? I feel like a trend was started in Oakland where we failed to gain on 1st down, and it really puts the offense in a compromising position.

    For whatever the reason, the Hawks have been slow to get the running game rolling, and it could prove to be a hazard for Charlie Whitehurst who will be left with little option but to throw the ball early in the game. For a guy whose looked timid with the verticle passing game, and usually looks to run the ball rather than to pass it seems, it’s a recipe for disaster.

    I think the Hawks need a big play from Earl Thomas. Lofa doesn’t seem to be the leader of the future anymore so maybe a big playmaking safety can fill the void. He’s got the talent to do it, and we need a big play on defense for once.

  15. Someone was asking about the top QB prospects for the Draft. According to ESPN and Scout Inc.’s Top 32 Prospects here are the top rated QBs for the draft.

    1) Andrew Luck – Stanford
    20) Blaine Gabbert – Missouri
    23) Jake Locker – Washington
    29) Cam Newton – Auburn
    31) Ryan Mallett – Arkansas

  16. Looks like after Luck, every QB is a gamble, a 50-50 proposition at best.

    As for CW, let’s not forget that Hass excelled in preseason games when he was with Green Bay. CW, not so much. The reason fans are judging him already, after just one start, is that he isn’t a rookie. He should be doing better.

    I hope he plays well on Sunday. A mistake-free game from him would give Seattle a pretty good chance of winning, I think.

  17. True, he’s not a rookie. But he also hasn’t competed in any game that counted for over 3 years. He’s never had playing time, so he’s just a typical 3 year veteran. He’s very raw. And I hate to be the one defending Whitehurst right now, I really do, but I want to be fair with him and give him the benefit of the doubt at this point of his career.

    He needs to start next year for our franchise. Matt Hasselbeck is my favorite Seahawk of all-time, but he can’t make this team competitive, and they’ve been competitive at times despite Hasselbeck. He has steadily declined to the point where he needs to end his time in Seattle.

    This organization invested an awful lot in Whitehurst, they need to do their due diligence.

  18. I don’t think the Seahawks will give up on CW after this season. He’ll be back next season to compete for the starting job against a rookie draft pick or veteran free agent. He had a chance all through training camp and couldn’t outplay Hass. We’ll see what he does in the next training camp. But no matter what he does on Sunday — and I’ll be thrilled if he plays well — the Seahawks need to keep their options open.

  19. bigmike04 says:

    According to The Associated Press, Cleveland Browns Team President Mike Holmgren has decided to fire head coach Eric Mangini following Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and take over the coaching duties himself.

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