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Hasselbeck practices, will be listed as questionable

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm with 37 Comments »
December 31, 2010 3:00 pm

After two days of sitting out and watching, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took some snaps with the first unit during a 45-minute walk through this morning, and then stayed after to work on drops and throw some routes under the watchful eye of head coach Pete Carroll.

And the verdict?

“Charlie’s going,” Carroll said. “We’ve been committed to that because that’s what we can count on and that’s what we know. Charlie had a real solid week. He did everything we needed him to do, so he’s ready for the game.”

However, Hasselbeck, who’s been out most of the week with a hip injury, will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Rams.

“I was a little bit surprised he was able to move as much as he did today,” Carroll said. “He’s not ready to play a game today, but he got some work done. He needed to feel it – getting into the huddle and making his calls. It’s going to make him feel better about the plan if he has a chance to play. … We’ve just got to see if he can run, and right now we don’t know.”

Carroll said just because Hasselbeck practiced today, it does not necessarily mean he will start on Sunday if he’s deemed okay by the team’s training staff.

“It’s not that simple,” Carroll said. “Charlie is ready to go. And in my mind that’s how we go until we know otherwise and we have more information. We don’t have enough right now.

“This is just the first step to figuring out how Matt can handle the physical stuff. So I don’t want us to be distracted by that. Matt’s diligently going about preparing to play, and that’s exactly what we need him to do. And if it’s possible, he’s going to will it to happen that he’s ready to play on game day.”

Hasselbeck was listed as a limited participant in practice. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (head) did not practice and is listed as questionable. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee) and kicker Olindo Mare (back) were full participants in practice and are probable.

Also, the Seahawks made another change along the offensive line. Tyler Polumbus worked all week with the first unit at left guard, and will start there on Sunday in place of Chester Pitts. So the Seahawks will start their 10th different starting offensive line combination on Sunday.

Polumbus has started six games this season, but all of those starts have came at offensive tackle, so the move to start at left guard comes as a bit of a surprise. Polumbus was used in a pinch for a couple snaps at left guard at the end of the Kansas City game and has served as depth there, but now he will be counted on as a starter on Sunday, with Mike Gibson continuing as the starter at right guard, and the rest of the starters along the offensive line remaining the same.

“He’s a big, strong guy that has played well for us,” Carroll said about the move. “I want to see how he does on that left side. We want to make sure that we’re doing the best that we can possibly do. Chester’s ready to play in this game as well. And we’ll see how that goes.

“It’s always about competition. We’re just trying to make sure that our guys know you have to keep working hard, and you’ve got to keep pushing. And guys can get elevated and opportunities can change.”

“There’s certainly a difference to the positions, but I’ve been practicing there for a few weeks now and getting used to it,” Polumbus said about the move. “So I feel comfortable there now.”

Several injured players were in the locker room afterward getting treatment, including Deon Butler, Roy Lewis, Red Bryant and Ray Willis.

Carroll also congratulated the University of Washington and head coach Steve Sarkisian on the team’s win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last night.

“I’m so thrilled for them,” Carroll said. “That accomplishment is extraordinary, and it shows where the program is going and how people can look to the future and be so grateful and hopeful that it’s going in the direction that it is.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Polumbus at LG? Wow.

    Carroll always starts off by saying that CW’s the guy Sunday but by the end of the thought he’s left the door open for Hass to start. He clearly doesn’t want to commit to Charlie if there is any possible way Matt can go. That’s too bad because I’ve really been looking forward to seeing how CW plays / reacts to starting a game with this much at stake. (Or start another game in general…)

  2. Hasselbeck= a shot to win.
    Whitehurst= no shot.

  3. MattandCindy says:

    rodman- Do you really believe that CW has NO shot? He absolutely has a shot, if he indeed starts. Granted, things would be a lot easier if Matty started, but who’s to say that Charlie doesn’t make this his coming out party. If you can name one QB who has come off the bench, with no in-game experience, and instantly made a positive impact…..then I’ll just look like an a55hole.

    No disrespectfullness intended…I just wonder if you truly believe that, or have been dissuaded by his last couple “performances”.

  4. MattandCindy says:

    Eric or Duke –

    I’m figuring that St. Louis is preparing for a 40/60 run/pass approach from us, regardless of who our QB is. Do you think we’ll be more apt to run it hard, like our last few first drives of the game, and keep it going? Or does our QB concerns make the Rams stack the box and dare whoever is back there to make plays?

    I’m just hoping that things stay moving this time, instead of an AWESOME first drive, then a tailspin into oblivion.

  5. Seahawkgo says:

    Matt = ints
    Charlie = deep throws for touch downs

  6. Seahawkgo says:

    Pete did the bad things on CW. He will not try hard as he can. I believe a lost for Seahawks this weekend. Pete and matt are sucks.

  7. “Pete and matt are sucks.”


  8. variable575 says:

    Carroll must really want to give an appearance of winning ambition but he must have other intentions. The Polumbus move at this point can not be reasonably validated if Chester Pitts is healthy. If he was a no go then you shift Gibson back to the right side and put Andrews back in the fold. Does he not understand the importance of continuity?


    You say you mean no disrespect but c’mon that’s exactly what you intended with you post directed towards Rodman. Pull you head out of CW’s butt and you’ll see plain and simple what his posts’ intent is. I agree with you though, of course CW has a shot(like he did in the NYG game with all his practice reps with the first unit), a shot to look like a complete 3rd string QB!

    MattandCindy says:

    “If you can name one QB who has come off the bench, with no in-game experience, and instantly made a positive impact…..then I’ll just look like an a55hole.”

    -You’re kidding, right?
    Didn’t he have a pre-season with quite a few snaps(SD included)? Didn’t he have “in-game” experience before TB? Didn’t he play in College? Quite making excuses.

    If the guy doesn’t even look good in practice(and we’ve seen him in-game) how can you be so optimistic without looking like a moron in the process?

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    C.W just needs to limit his mistake’s. He does’nt have to be Tom Brady for us to win. It will be interesting how Bradford will handle the 12th man?

  10. Dukeshire says:

    MattandCindy – My guess and how I’d approach it if I were the Rams, is shut down the run. The Rams have given up an average of 132 rushing yards a game over their last 5 so that is a spot of vulnerability. I would take that away first and make Seattle become one dimensional. Do what you can to keep Seattle’s defense on the field themself by running it, and force quick turn-arounds by putting Seattle in must pass situations. I would be aggressive, run blitz and make either Hass or CW prove they can take advantage of one on one matchups.

    On Bates’ side, I’d love to see him have the stones to commit to the run for an entire game (presuming the score doesn’t take that away), even if it’s not successful early. Let Lynch’s running and the o line wear on them into the third and fourth quarter. But, that’s not really his style.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Game plan-Do anything possible to play as close to how Washington played agains’t Nebraska.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    rodman= dumb #$%

    variable575= double dumb #$% with too much time on his/her hands!

  13. “If you can name one QB who has come off the bench, with no in-game experience, and instantly made a positive impact”

    Let’s see if i understand the question. (is it a trick question?)
    Tim Tebow. Tom Brady. Matt Cassell. Tony Romo. Kevin Kolb.

  14. m2mnelson says:

    Why not start CW? Hass is my favorite Seahawk of all time but he clearly is at the end of his career. He is too injury prone and makes way too many mistakes when the team falls behind. Hass may be able to have a couple more decent years with a team that is solid and just needs a veteran QB to guide them– dare I say the 49ers.

    Start CW and see what we have. If we lose and he does bad, then we go get a QB in the draft. If he exceeds expectations (remember how Tom Brady got his start?) in the starting role and we win and he plays solid in the playoffs, we have our QB for next year.

    If Hass plays, we are still in the same situation where we are not sure what we have.

  15. Can we get Krieg to come back?

  16. It’ll be interesting to see how this thing shakes down.

  17. I think PC should start CW and see how he does in the first half. If he sucks it up, then bring Matt in. If CW plays well, then stay with him.

    Since Matt won’t be 100 percent, why put him in the game unless CW stinks it up? I know many fans are assuming that CW won’t play well, but I think this is a good opportunity to see how he does.

  18. Hawks gotta run the ball.

  19. Polombus at LG, strange indeed! Especially given the emphasis for continuity on the OL (though thy clearly haven’t been getting it done). It’ll be unfortunate if Okung gets injured as TP is his main backup… Then we’ll be in a bind. Here’s hoping everything goes well on Sunday…!

  20. “If you can name one QB who has come off the bench, with no in-game experience, and instantly made a positive impact”

    Let’s see if i understand the question. (is it a trick question?)
    Tim Tebow. Tom Brady. Matt Cassell. Tony Romo. Kevin Kolb.

    I’m sure some of my Hawk brethren might remember getting BURNED by Anthony Wright and the Baltimore Ravens 6 or 7 years ago. Dude threw for 300+ yards and didn’t have much business being in the league. Ryan Fitzpatrick also threw for 300 + for the Rams early in his career.

    What people don’t realize is that, and I’ve been saying this for years after hearing Peter King say this, 50% of the leagues back-ups can really play well in this league if they have the opportunity. There’s a lot of talent in the NFL.

  21. After Warner took STL to the SB, then started the injured. Didn’t Marc Bulger come in and take them to the SB again? Did he have much experience before that?

    The ’08 DEN offense needed a solid run game (which their OL gave them) for their vertical style WCO to work. Either MH or CW will succeed or fail Sunday depending on whether or not Beast/Force and this OL can run the ball against STL like UW did vs Neb, or not.

  22. AdamHawkFan says:

    “Pete and matt are sucks.”

    Well…..SeahawkGo…..I don’t think we can say that Pete are sucks yet. I think he’s done the best he can do with the cards he was dealt when he joined. However, I’m starting to think that Matt…..are sucks……granted he hasn’t had a supporting cast to speak of but I don’t think I’m willing to give him a pass based on that. We need a QB of the future. One who will be clutch. I don’t know about you guys, but when we need a clutch play and the ball is in Matt’s hands, I know for a fact that it will be an interception or he will run into the pass rush and take a sack or will just fall down. He’s not clutch. Never really has been. I say give Jesus…I mean Charlie a shot. He may not be the QB of the future, but we don’t know what we have in him. We know what we have in Matt. He’s just not good enough to make the Hawks contenders again.

  23. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Happy New Year everyone. Judging by some (a lot of) people’s logic, the “imbibing” has begun. Here’s to a great 2011 for everyone!

  24. variable575 says:

    Ocho says:

    “Polombus at LG, strange indeed! Especially given the emphasis for continuity on the OL (though thy clearly haven’t been getting it done). It’ll be unfortunate if Okung gets injured as TP is his main backup… Then we’ll be in a bind. Here’s hoping everything goes well on Sunday…!”

    Good point!


    I’m truly flattered that you took the time to ponder my impact on your life and what it means to you–you little Cherokee Rose you.

    ……….when did so many women jump on this site? I think it’s great!

  25. Dukeshire says:

    klm – Warner was the QB for each of the Super Bowls you’re thinking about (XXXIV, XXXVI).

    The ’08 Broncos had a decent running game but one of the worst defenses in the league.

  26. happy new year hawk fans. Get ready for another wild year, we are heading for greatness. cant wait till 2012

  27. SandpointHawk says:

    @variable575…..Cherokee Rose, LOL, very good…

  28. The Colts are going for their ninth straight year of making the playoffs. Meanwhile, if the Seahawks make the playoffs, it will be their sixth in the last eight years.

  29. Southendzone says:

    Something just feels right about Matt getting the start this Sunday. The old veteran, turned against by many fans willing himself into the game and bringing a win home for the franchise and his pride.

    I’m still praying for Mr. Miyagi to do the secret warming hands treatment on MH’s hip injury and get him into the game for us.

  30. vichawkfan says:

    funny thing is, I’m not going to be as upset with a loss as I normally am. who wants to hear the mockery of national media painting the Hawks as the worst playoff team ever, and we follow that up with a loss……and a shitty draft pick.

  31. Yup Duke – yer right again. Warner was QB for both SB 34 (’99-’00) & 36 (’01-’02). STL lost SB 36 and their ’02 season was a perfect example of the SB losers’ curse.

    Warner started and lost STL’s 1st 3 games of the ’02-’03 season. Then Jamie Martin started for STL and lost the next two and then Bulger came in, playing his first games in the NFL and won 5 straight games. Then Warner started again and STL lost to DC & PHI, then Martin started and lost to KC. Then it was Bulger’s turn to start again and STL beat AZ. Then Martin started again and STL lost to the Hawks. Martin then won STL’s last start of the season over SF. STL & SEA split games and both ended up with 7-9 records in ’02. Mooch’s 9ers took the NFCW with their 10-6 record.

    It was ’03 that SEA split with the Rams but took the NFCW @ 10-6. Matt’s coin flip remark and his subsequent throw to GB’s Al Harris made all the highlights for that WC game.

    In ’04 SEA won the NFCW with a 9-7 record, but Bulger’s Rams (8-8) swept us, including the WC game. That was the last time STL beat SEA, until this season. STL split games this season with both the 9ers and Cards, I’m hoping SEA splits with Rams, but won’t be too disappointed either way.

  32. Duke – about the ’08 Broncos. I think the idea is to emulate their offense, but not their defense.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, I sure as hell hope so. I’m not sure what I thought I was responding to with that.

  34. MattandCindy says:

    GeorgiaHawk says:
    December 31, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    rodman= dumb #$%
    variable575= double dumb #$% with too much time on his/her hands!

    GH – You are absolutely, exactly, pinpoint accurate with that statement.

    variable575 – I really don’t have too much time to fritter away on bitter a-holes
    who do nothing but irritate. Nice Husky prediction by the way…..moron.

  35. MattandCindy says:

    klm008 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    “Matt’s coin flip remark and his subsequent throw to GB’s Al Harris made all the highlights for that WC game.”

    klm008 – That still makes my fist’s clench when I think about that. I was so pumped to hear those words, and then, about a minute or so later…I was disgusted.

    …almost like when I read the words “variable575 says.”

  36. variable575 says:


    two posts in a row, sorry buddy, didn’t mean to get your blood boiling. Go suck down a Slurpee and you might calm the burn. Probably not though.

  37. MattandCindy says:

    variable – I bet your lonely.

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