Well it looks like clipboard Jesus is ready to take the headset off and finally get some playing time in the regular season. Many fans have been complaining about Matt Hasselbeck for weeks, months, or even years, and his inability to run this offense. Those fans finally get their wish.
The only problem for Whitehurst is that he has to start against one of the most ferocious defenses in the NFL. This could, however, be a blessing in disguise. If Charlie looks good against such a tough defense, he could find himself finishing the season as the starter.
Settle down Hass fans. I didn’t say it was going to happen. I just said it might. Hasselbeck hasn’t really had a great or terrible year. He’s been up and down all season as a result of the inconsistent play around him. But if Whitehurst can step in and make the ship sail, Hasselbeck will have a tough time getting his job back.
Whitehurst is in the first year of a 2 year contract with the Seahawks, so this is actually a great opportunity for the Hawks to take a good look at what Whitehurst can do. I look at it as a test drive of sorts. However, don’t read too much into it as it is only one game… his first game. The worst thing fans can do is expect what he does in this one game to resemble the rest of his career whether it’s good or bad. It’s just a first impression, but those are pretty important too.
Here’s to Charlie Whitehurst and his first NFL game this weekend. I hope he does well, and not because I hate Hasselbeck, but because I love the Seahawks. Love’em or not, Hasselbeck’s future is fading, and I would like to know by the end of the year if Whitehurst is capable of being the guy or not. If so, let’s run with him and see what happens. If not, let’s draft a guy next year in the higher rounds (1 or 2) and keep moving forward.
Looking forward to the game this weekend. I will be tailgaiting in the North lot if anyone wants to swing by and have a beverage. GO HAWKS! And Good Luck Charlie Whitehurst.
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