For those of you anticipating the end of the Matt Hasselbeck era and the beginning of the Charlie Whitehurst era in Seattle, those daydreams may be premature.
In a Q&A posted Wednesday, Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wrote he doesn’t agree with the perception that Hasselbeck’s starting gig is really up for grabs.
“The situation at quarterback has been misrepresented since the club made the trade to acquire Whitehurst,” wrote Farnsworth. “Hasselbeck remains the starter, and his performance this spring has only cemented that status. He is healthier than he has been in two years and the improvements on the O-line should help ensure that remains the case.”
That perception, however, was really born the day Seahawks coach Pete Carroll introduced Whitehurst, saying he was there to “battle” for the job and fell far short of anointing Hasselbeck as the starter.
It will certainly be a benefit for Hasselbeck that he starts the season healthy (presumably) with a full-time starter (see Okung, Russell) on his blind side for a line that isn’t in a constant state of flux.
Checking in with someone who brings more intimate knowledge of the situation, Jim Mora, who coached the Seahawks last season, also dismissed any thinking that Hasselbeck isn’t the starter.
“Matt, when healthy and protected, still gets it done at a high level,” Mora said. “He’s smart, accurate, a good decision maker, a leader and a winner. It is a complete misrepresentation to infer any competition between a healthy Hasselbeck and any quarterback with zero NFL starts.”