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Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 34-18

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 20, 2010 at 8:04 am with 3 Comments »
December 20, 2010 8:04 am

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says it’s time for the Seattle Seahawks to make a change at the quarterback position and start Charlie Whitehurst.

Boling:

“(Matt) Hasselbeck has done very little to further his own cause. In fact, he’s played his way into whatever job insecurity he feels right now, as Whitehurst was not really seen as a serious contender at mid-season.

The fact that the Hawks are still tied for the division lead should no longer complicate the issue.

Carroll would only say that ‘Charlie did an okay job.’ That’s about right. He had a couple drops and a few misfires, but he also gunned the ball in a few times, got rid of it to avoid a sack, and did a decent job on the hoof when he had to scramble.

It’s not so much that he has done a great deal to earn the start, but that Hasselbeck hasn’t been able to stop throwing it away.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll summed up the game this way: “We gave them the football game in the third quarter.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune notes that the Seahawks got away offensively from what worked after an effective, 80-yard drive to open the game.

Dusty Lane of The News Tribune writes that despite being on the field most of the game Seattle’s defense hung tough against one of the better offense in the league in Atlanta.

Lawyer Milloy said he no emotional response in facing his former team in Atlanta.

Charlie Whitehurst talks about his performance in the second half after replacing Hasselbeck.

Here’s a photo gallery from Sunday’s game.

Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com says it’s time to see what Whitehurst can do.

Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com says the same thing here.

And Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times adds to the Whitehurst for starting quarterback chorus.

Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com writes that there appears to be a disconnect between offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and Hasselbeck.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    That Doug Farrar piece would seem to confirm what I though BMW was really saying with his comments after the game; there is dissension between Bates and the players. Even Carlson is running out the “we just run the plays that are called, the best we can…” which is code for “we don’t like the plays that are being called”.

    Of course no matter how far apart the OC and the rest of the team are, let alone the QB, can’t have these turnovers and expect to win. But it does help explain why Hass has looked so inconsistent this year.

  2. How many different offensive coordinators and players does this team need to shuffle in and out before everyone figures out the one constant is the real problem? They have shuffled out the whole OL, the RBs, the WRs and the coordinator from last year while maintaining one constant.

  3. Even if we win the division, all it proves is that we’re king of the junk pile…and barely so. Not a lot to brag about there.

    If Bates is calling the plays, he needs to get benched too. And, I didn’t like his comment the other day when he was blaming players for not stepping up. It’s the coaches job to put players into a favorable position…and you don’t throw fade routes on 4 and 3. They better chunk together a better short yardage progression than that.

    And, what’s up with all the penalties?!

    That’s the problem with feel-good coaches. I do like Carroll’s approach, but I think you need to mix encouragement with discipline, and penalties are a result of undisciplined, sloppy plays. I really miss Holmgren’s glare.

    I think playing Hasselbeck is hypocritical at this point. I thought this team was about competition…well, let’s see CW compete.

    I don’t know about you guys…but I enjoyed seeing CW run for that first down…and then later punch in the TD.

    How do you like the velocity CW puts on his passes? He throws bullets that make Matt’s passes look like they’re moving in slow motion.

    How about the touch he put on that two-point conversion? I was thinking crap, another fade…but he executed that pass perfectly.

    About CW’s pass that was almost a pick six…All QBs are going to make mistakes, even 10-year veterans. They’re growing pains that we need to put up with for a while until he gains some confidence and develops a rhythm. It’s part of the price you pay when you change QBs.

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