November 4, 2010

Whitehurst to start for Seahawks on Sunday

Come Sunday it looks like the Seahawks will get to see if paying out for Whitehurst was worth it:

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck hasn't cleared his baseline test for a concussion fast enough and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the New York Giants, the team announced Thursday.

Charlie Whitehurst, acquired in a trade from the San Diego Chargers during the offseason, will get the start. Hasselbeck was sacked eight times Sunday during a 33-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Even though Hasselbeck hasn't been cleared, it makes sense to rest him against the pass rush of the New York Giants if he was alright coming off the eight sacks he suffered to the Raiders. The Giants defense had 10 sacks on Jay Cutler when they played the Bears. That's a lot of hits.

Add in the fact that Seattle's offense line is beat up and a more mobile quarterback seems like the good choice.

Whitehurst has a better long ball than Hasselbeck, however his short game isn't as good. Hence why he's the backup.

But with Hasselbeck hurt the Seahawks don't have to bench him to see if Whitehurst can jumpstart the struggling offense. Despite being 4-3, Seattle has been outscored 123-140 this season.

It will be interesting to see if Whitehurst, who's been dubbed the quarterback of the future in Seattle, was worth all the money.

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