The Debate Begins Now

I couldn’t believe it was happening. “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie…” I looked around immediately to see who was doing it, and it was everybody.

During the player introductions there were the faintest of boos. You had to listen to hear them, but they were there. It seemed as though the crowd was waiting to turn on Hasselbeck, and unfortunately for the Seahawks, Matt did not disapoint them.

Three turnovers later, the crowd was ready to see Matt go, however, I don’t think they really expected to see what happened next.

Whitehurst put together an 88 yard scoring drive capped with a gutsy run up the middle. This is when it started. “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie…” After Whitehurst found Obomanu for another 2 points, the crowd got even louder, “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie…”

It didn’t seem really loud to me, and it certainly didn’t last a long time, however, for a lonely Matt Hasselbeck, it must have seemed like a lifetime.

I thought he handled it well after the game. He said what he was supposed to. He always does.

This brings me to the question that everyone is asking,

Is it time for Hasselbeck to step down?

I am really going to think hard about this. Yesterday, I was so upset that I was ready to give Whitehurst the nod until he lost it. Today, I have calmed down enough to begrudge the fact that Hasselbeck, despite the turnover frenzy, is still the better quarterback. Later this week, I will probably be ready to give him one more chance with a very short leash. Maybe Pete should just hold the collar in his hand.

I am truly torn. I have really loved watching Matt Hasselbeck become the player he was in his prime. He really matured as a man and a player. He handled adversity well, and never gave up. He was a great leader for this team for a very long time.

That’s why it is so hard to see him struggle so badly for the last few seasons. He’s not the same player that he was, or maybe this system does not suit his strengths? Regardless something needs to be done at Hasselbeck’s expense.

I will be sad to see him go. He really was a great player for the Hawks.

Good luck in Cleveland old friend.


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  • cindy

    I am still rooting for Matt. He has been our most valuable player for years now. The guy has no receivers that can play week after week with any consistency, he has no running game and a line that had its 9th different look yesterday…and a defense that cant get off the field on third down. He is not a magician, only the best thing that has ever happened to Seattle. I was ashamed of the Charlie chanters yesterday, they sounded as bad as the San Fran fans earlier in the season that I thought to myself, thank God that Hawk fans dont act that way…they would never BOO their own team.
    I will continue to support Matt, and whatever happens thank him for all he has done for the Seahawks.

  • Cody

    I’m really sorry writer, but Hasselbeck is NOT going to Cleveland, regardless of Homlmgren pulling the strings. I doubt they even reach out to him, and if they do, he will refuse. Matt has found a home in Seattle. He will live and die with the town, as well as the Seattle Seahawks.

    • DarthRandall

      I would have said the same thing about Dave Krieg too. Matt’s a pro, and he’ll go where there’s work. That said, I personally would like to see Matt stay another year or two just to see what he can do with the new receivers we will most certainly be picking up this upcoming off-season.

  • Riley Moore

    I really lke Hasselbeck too. He is the best qb the Hawks have ever had. But his play has been erratic for the better part of three seasons now. I hate to see a hero ride off into the sunset as much as the next fan, but the clock is ticking for Matt.

    The Cleveland comment was not a fact, although, anything can happen.

    I hope that Matt goes somewhere out of the division and has one last run at success. He deserves it. I just don’t see that place being here. An even longer shot would be to take less money and mentor a young player in the same way Dilfer did for him.

    Whatever happens, it seems as though the wheels are spinning just a little bit faster now.

  • maxieboy

    Let Matt go. I think for the amount of real playing time that Charlie’s had, hes played pretty well. He throws a nice ball and seems fairly composed out there. He’s certainly as good as Matt was his first year as a starter. The only thing that worries me is that Carroll is not in the same league as Holmgren when it comes to mentoring QBs and not sure he can help Charlie get to the next level. Let charlie finish the season. The big question is not whether to let Matt go but whether to draft a QB in 1st round in addition to keeping Charlie.

  • Keith T

    Typical fair weather fans. Though I agree it’s time for him to move on, Hasselbeck deserves better.

  • Riley Moore

    I wouldn’t say that I am a fair weathered fan. I have watched this steady decline for 3 seasons now and reluctantly bid one of my favorite Hawks a fond farwell as the NFL is a business first.