Life After Hasselbeck: Teel, Whitehurst, or ...?

Matt Hasselbeck will turn 35 years old this September – even the most casual fan will assume his best days are behind him. It is time to start thinking about life after Hasselbeck.

Entering the offseason, fans were optimistic about the plethora of early-round draft picks Seattle had accumulated. The assumption was that the Seahawks would invest at least one of them in a promising, young quarterback.

Some were even more optimistic, thinking that Seattle already had a capable replacement in-house: Mike Teel. After flashes of brilliance in the preseason, the former sixth-round pick captured the attention of several observers looking for the next starting quarterback. These fans are optimistic and loyal; Mike Teel must get a shot to prove himself, or at least they think so.

Finally, there are the most optimistic bunch: the homers who managed to follow Seahawks football through the 90′s with a smile. Despite giving up a lot for Charlie Whitehurst, these folks trust in the organization and believe that he could develop into something special. This is possible, of course, because different people were calling the shots when the Seahawks traded for Kelly Stouffer and drafted players like Dan McGwire and Rick Mirer. Pete Carroll and John Schneider know what they’re doing.

Any way you look at it, the Seahawks are a team focused on rebuilding. Matt Hasselbeck is not a long-term solution and it is time to find someone capable of replacing him.

I’m surprised at how many people support Mike Teel and believe he could develop into a starter in the National Football League. Performance in the preseason has never meant much, but I will admit that he looked pretty good throwing against third- and fourth-string NFL defenses.

Despite promising exhibition skills, are Pete Carroll and friends even considering the former Rutgers quarterback?

Charlie Whitehurst was acquired largely because of potential and physical prowess. For a quarterback, he is very athletic and runs well. He is quick and capable of throwing on the move and outside of the pocket. Throw in his physical attributes – 6-foot-4, 220 pounds – and you’ve supposedly found yourself a star in the making.

Whitehurst seems like a perfect fit in the new offensive scheme to be implemented by Jeremy Bates and the coaching staff. Another hybrid West Coast offense the features a lot of bootlegs and regularly moves the pocket.

But what about Teel?’s Mike Sando think the Seahawks could draft a quarterback next month:

Coach Pete Carroll pointed to Charlie Whitehurst’s combination of size and athleticism as drawing points after Seattle acquired the quarterback from San Diego.

That could affect third-string quarterback Mike Teel, a sixth-round choice of the Seahawks’ previous leadership. One scouting report on Teel read, “Lacks the mobility to consistently make plays outside the pocket.” It’s something to keep in mind as the Seahawks fill out their roster at quarterback behind Matt Hasselbeck and Whitehurst.

Teel may never get his opportunity to start in Seattle. In fact, the 6-foot-3 signal caller might not even be in Seattle’s plans for future seasons.

Another quarterback could be added to the roster in next month’s draft; if an early selection is invested at the position, it’s likely at least one of Seattle’s current quarterbacks won’t be on the roster next season. And with trade rumors surrounding Hasselbeck silenced, Teel is probably the odd man out.

Which direction would you prefer? Mike Teel, Charlie Whitehurst, or someone else?

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  • Rainer F.

    I don’t think the Seahawks draft a quarterback. They might do so in the fifth round or later and see if he can beat out one of the other quarterbacks on the roster. It should be a good battle between Whitehust and Teel for the number 2 spot. There aren’t that many good ones after Bradford in the draft; and even his durablity is questionable. The Cincinati, Michigan State and Louisville quarterback are also good options in the mid or later in the first round.
    The Notre Dame quarterback might be a good one to take a flyer on in the second half of the first or early second round.
    The Seahawks have to many other needs beside quarterback to fill. They need an athletic offensive tackle, and C.J. Spiller at running back/slot receiver would be terrific with one of the other first round picks.

  • Jesse

    Wait till next year and go for Jake Locker!

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  • Tomas M

    I would like to see Teel get the chance. He has a good arm, good vision, and throws great deep ball. I don’t know what the fuss about Whitehurst has been, maybe somebody had him confused with Dan Fouts or something. Teel matched Whitehurst’s Junior year TD total in a single game (7 versus Louisville).


    I agree with Tomas M. Teel should get a shot at the backup job at a minimum. Matt still has plenty in the tank for a few years. All QB’s suck without a good O-Line! Ask Troy Akman, Brett Farve, and Payton Manning when they didn’t have one.

    To much is made up on the age factor for QB’s, this seems to get dis-proven every single year from some aging QB having yet another great season. Plan for th efuture, but for God Sakes fix the O-Line and get us a Def Tackle as well.

    Seahawks needs for next year in order are as follows:

    O-Line – LT, LG, RG (A minimum of one of these 1st Rd)

    Def – DT, Corner, Saftey (A minimum of one of these 1st or 2nd Rd)

    Skilled Pos – RB(C.J.Spiller), a BIG WR (Marshall Resolves this need) Cut Dieon (Played a whole 2 seasons Branch), Future QB, (Late round pick possibly take a chance on Tebow or wait until next year for Locker)

  • Andrew Auger

    Tebow won’t last past the second round, I will put money on that, he did too much in college and has improved too much with his delivery to not warrant a curious team forking over their second for him.

    Locker will be next years version of Sam Bradford, meaning he will be rumored No. 1 all off season… unless we completely tank it and win 1-2 games next year… we won’t have a shot at him..

    Honestly I think we should deal Rob Sims, get our fourth, trade our second and our highest fourth for Brandon Marshall, then go for the offensive line and defensive end positions with the 6 and 14th picks.

    If Big Walt comes back we can slide Locklear in at RG, move our rookie T to LT, sign a guy like Ben Hamilton to plug in at LG, that’s an ok OL.

    What’s it going to matter if we get Spiller if we can’t block for him? I was a lineman for seven years and that experience proves games are won up front, I can’t tell you how many times the success of our 28 toss was all hinging on me making the right pull block.

    Doesn’t matter how fast the guy is if he has to dodge five guys in the backfield EVERY play.

  • Andrew Auger

    I meant RT…