Where Do We Go From Here?

Matt Hasselbeck

"Downfield. Throw it downfield. Good God, man, throw it down. The. Field." (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Have you heard that song by Filter? It’s absolutely brilliant. Click the linky (it goes to YouTube) and give it a listen before you read on.

After four games of Matt Hasselbeck, I’m wondering if Pete Carroll is thinking “I’m not so glad I met you.” I know I’m not the only one. Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha! Oh, me.

The Seattle Seahawks aren’t winning the Super Bowl, kids. Even if they do manage to crawl atop the utterly pathetic collection of “opponents” within the NFC Worst West, it’s the end of the line. At this rate, the Seahawks are likely to host one of the following teams in a NFC wild card game: Giants, Eagles, Bears, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, or Saints. Bleak doesn’t begin to describe our chances.

Matt Hasselbeck isn’t the Seattle Seahawks’ future. I’m going to say it again for those of you with your eyes slammed shut and fingertips buried in your ear canals: Matt Hasselbeck isn’t the Seattle Seahawk’s future. Future be damned, he doesn’t even help us win games now. Quite the opposite, in fact:

In four games this season, Matt has posted an EPA (Expected Points Added) of -0.23, a WPA (Win Probabiliy Added) of -10.6 and a whopping 3.7 Adjust Net Yards per Attempt (ANYA). And for you slobbering mongoloids that find value in worthless NFL statistics, a QB Rating of 70.7, good for 29th overall in the league. In the most simplest of terms: starting Matt Hasselbeck actually increases the chances of losing. I mean hell, a negative EPA means that he’s more likely to positively contribute to the opposing team’s score than our own. This all shouldn’t come as a surprise, by the way. I don’t have to tell you about 2008 and 2009, do I?

So, where do we go from here?

Charlie Whitehurst

Your long-lost brother is known for miracles. Show us you can do the same.

Enter: Charlie Whitehurst. Pete Carroll and John Schneider made what appeared to be the dumbest move amongst all other off season moves by not only trading a 2011 3rd round pick and swapping 2010 2nd round picks with the Chargers to get Whitehurst, but then signing him to an $8 million, 2 year contract. The acquisition was highly questionable, but the contract, more specifically the duration, is just baffling.

At this point, we know Hasselbeck doesn’t help us win games. He’s 35, defenses have him dead to rights just about every game (hell, the result of his first pass of the season shows exactly how afraid defensive coordinators are of Matt), and he’s not surrounded by a talented offense that can make up for, or cover, his deficiencies.

It’s time that the Seattle Seahawks see what Charlie Whitehurst can do. We know he’s mobile, and he can stretch the field with a strong arm – something Matt Hasselbeck cannot do. He cannot punish defenses, by going over top, that are playing linebackers and defensive backs close to the line of scrimmage. The results are short and immediate routes flooded with defenders, successful blitzes, and ball carriers getting swarmed quickly. (That last result, by the way, is exactly why Marshawn Lynch might make absolutely no impact as the Seahawks’ new running back).

We need a quarterback that can punish opposing defenses by going over top and making big plays. We need a quarterback that has the speed to outrun pressure when the pocket collapses. And above all: we need to know if the Seahawks need to target a top tier quarterback in the 2011 draft. And until Charlie Whitehurst plays meaningful football, the Seattle Seahawks will be going into the draft with probably the most important question to face any franchise, unanswered.

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I'm a guy that loves the Seahawks far and away more than any other team in any other sport. I live in Seattle, I'm married to the perfect woman, I work in marketing and I'm nearly into my 30s. Scary. Find me on Twitter talking #seahawks @nandron.
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4 Responses to Where Do We Go From Here?

  1. The Ryan McClintock says:

    I’m JUST Asian enough to get all those numbers, but seriously, Nick, you need to quit taking everything I talk to you about and putting it in your blog.

    A week ago I said, “until we are eliminated from the playoffs (playoffs? PLAYoffs?) Matt gives us the best chance to win”…but that is so much without merit…I cannot say that Chuck DOES NOT give us the best chance to win, we simply DO NOT know. It’s time to find out. It’s time, Now.

    • Nick says:

      I actually read a few sites that have either basically or say outright that Matt gives the Hawks the best chance to win. Which is a pretty uninformed opinion, by the way, because no one knows how Charlie Whitehurst will perform when actually fully installed with the starting offense, something that’s NEVER happened to him, even this year in preseason.

      I guess my excitement for the team, and it’s changes, are muted. Hasselbeck isn’t our future, and to me there just isn’t point playing him. Despite the fact that Whitehurst most likely will flop, I can’t WAIT to see him play. Because he is our future, and something to be legitimately excited about.

  2. Tony B. says:

    When looking at Carroll’s moves in the roster having Matt play at all didn’t make any sense other than to appease season ticket holders who go to the games to see a “name” (if you can even call him that). My guess is that if we lose the next game Matt will be benched to see what Charlie can do.

    • Nick says:

      Well, Carroll wasn’t here for Matt’s last two years. And it’s tough for a coach to bench a former pro-bowl, super bowl QB the moment he arrived. He had to give Matt a shot. That shot, however, should have been up after 4 games. He isn’t capable of carrying our team, nor leading them to win. He just isn’t good enough anymore. And I mean that it’d take a VERY good quarterback to lead a bad offense to be a good offense. Peyton Manning good. It’s now time to see if we’ve got a franchise quarterback in Charlie Whitehurst.

      Like you mentioned, I wonder how many more bad games Matt will have to play before Charlie is named the starting quarterback. To me, not starting him ‘during the bye’ was a missed opportunity. He had two full weeks of practice to get up to speed. Now, he’ll most likely get put into the middle of a game, with little to no reps with the first team in the week of practice before, and be expected to perform. It won’t go well.

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