Humble Pie

Joe Okabe

It’s time to eat some crow. I think I’ll have mine grilled with a side of rice.

I’ll admit, I wanted Charlie Whitehurst to start last Sunday’s playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Nothing about Matt Hasselbeck’s recent play led me to believe he was the right choice. I felt Pete Carroll was making a mistake in starting Hasselbeck. That’s why I’m writing on a blog while Carroll is making the big bucks.

I would have been thrilled if Hasselbeck matched his performance in Chicago in Week 6. He didn’t. He blew that game out of the water. Against the Saints, Matt Hasselbeck had the greatest game of his life.

He did all the things that he hadn’t been doing in previous weeks. He spread the ball around to all of his receivers instead of focusing on Mike Williams. He didn’t force throws into coverage and threw the ball away when he should have. He took advantage of what the Saints’ defense gave him rather than try to make the perfect play every time. (Granted, the Saints’ defense gave him a LOT.)

Hasselbeck played confidently with a cool head. It would have been easy to press the panic button when the Seahawks were down 10-0 and 17-7 early in the game. Instead, he calmly took control of the offense and led the team to a 24-20 halftime lead, then started the second half just as he had ended the first.

If this game was indeed Hasselbeck’s last as a Seahawk at Qwest Field, he couldn’t have gone out on a higher note. In what has been primarily a disappointing season, Hasselbeck showed that he has plenty of gas still in the tank.

Hasselbeck’s legacy would have been the same regardless of what happened Sunday. He is a lock for the Ring of Honor and will probably be the last Seahawk to wear number 8. He handled himself with grace and class through some very trying times the past few years.

Mr. Hasselbeck, no matter what happens this Sunday against the Chicago Bears, all Seahawks fans respect what you’ve accomplished over the years. Congratulations, and thank you.

You’ve earned it.

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  • The Pickle Man

    Now if only we could get the entire national sports media to eat a slice of the pie.

  • LouieLouie

    Hey Riley:
    DITTO here. I also thought that Charlie Whitehurst should have started. I thought that Matt represented the past and that CW might represent the future.

    Matt represented the present much better than I thought he could. I hope he has three more as good as the New Orleans game for the rest of this season.

  • Derek

    Hey all,
    Leading up to the Saints game I was very conflicted. I have never questioned Matt’s talent, but I have questioned his health, and as Riley mentioned above, forcing passes when they were behind.
    For the Rams game; Whitehurst looked really raw. I chalk that game to coaching and game planning. Yes he made some throws, but he pulled the ball down several times and scrambled for good yards, but I think he had some open receivers for even better yards. Hasselbeck would have found those receivers within the time Whitehurst had and embarrased the Rams.
    I only say that after seeing what Hasselbeck did to the Saints. I was actually calling for Whitehurst to start the Saints game to see if he couldn’t build off that Rams win. Is he the future or not? He wasn’t really cheap, was he?
    The key here is the O-line. It protected both Whitehurst and Hasselbeck the past two weeks. A rested Hasselbeck, with time to throw, and possibly receivers suddenly getting the routes correct, and you get to move on to the next playoff level.
    I question if a QB’s age is important here, or is keeping him healthy with a consistent offensive scheme even more important. The offensive line play has declined since Chad Hutchinson left and Matt has paid the price with the loss of a running game, and constant pressure and hits. Then Mora switched from a west coast style offense and it looked as if Hasselbeck was just throwing to defenders, floating passes, or just throwing to empty spots on the field. I saw a lot of that this year as well, but all of a sudden it looks as if things are starting to click on all levels.
    I say re-sign Hasselbeck, draft to improve the O-Line and re-sign Lynch. Then think about a future QB, be it Whitehurst or other.