Tag:Charlie Whitehurst
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.8.11: Tell your mom you love her



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • … And speaking of places where Kolb might play next season, the Arizona Republic discusses how the Cardinals’ patience while waiting to sign a starting quarterback might just pay off. And maybe not taking a quarterback in the NFL draft was actually the smart plan all along.
  • From the Miami Herald, here’s the latest on the Dolphins QB situation: “the chances of (Chad) Henne being the regular-season starter for Miami in 2011 are greater than the chances he is replaced.”
  • The NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora talked to some league insiders who rated the best performances of last week’s draft. The Buccaneers got high marks for Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, and the Packers got positive press for a number of picks.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:39 pm
 

What the NFL draft taught us

C. Newton will try to make it big in Carolina (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – Well, the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone. The ESPN and NFL Network sets, the podium and the big-screen TVs can be placed back into storage – along with the 2011 NFL season for now.

That being said, the draft taught us quite a few things about where the organizations are going and, maybe, why they won’t get there. Here are a few observations about what we learned.

1. The Panthers still have no idea about their quarterback situation – and about their direction in general: It feels like Carolina HAD to take Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick, and if the Panthers hadn’t, Newton could have fallen all the way until the middle of the first round. So, Carolina has taken a quarterback in the second round (Jimmy Clausen) and a quarterback in the first round (Newton) in back-to-back years. Are they any better now than they were three days ago? Probably not. Are they actually in a worse spot than they were three days ago? Quite possibly.

2. The Raiders still are too in love with speed:
Their third-round pick (CB DeMarcus Van Dyke) is really fast, but other than that, he has many way too many deficiencies. Their fourth-round pick (CB Chimdi Chekwa) is really fast, but he isn’t a great cover guy. Their second fourth-round pick (RB Taiwan Jones) is really fast, but he’s very brittle. It’s a replay of almost every other season. Which likely means Oakland still isn’t going to be much better than average for the foreseeable future.

3. The Patriots might be the new Bengals: OK, that’s perhaps a bit of a stretch, but maybe could you make the case that Bill Belichick’s arrogance of drafting players with off-the-field issues this year compares to Mike Brown’s indifference of drafting players with off-the-field issues. Either way, the Patriots took QB Ryan Mallett (you know his story well by now) in the third round and TE Lee Smith (who left Tennessee for Marshall after he was arrested on a DUI charge). Now, the Patriots will have to make sure they keep those guys in line. The Bengals haven’t always done such a great job of that, but I think Belichick can manage just fine.

4. Apparently, everything is cool with quarterbacks in Arizona, Seattle and Buffalo: Maybe those front offices forgot they’ll enter 2011 with Derek Anderson/Max Hall/John Skelton and Matt Hasselbeck/Charlie Whitehurst, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, respectively. I kid, I kid. The Bills apparently like Fitzpatrick, and the Cardinals almost certainly will go to free agency to find a QB. Maybe, though, those three teams also subscribed to the theory that this year’s quarterback class wasn’t really all that tremendous and decided to try another route to fill the needs of their team.

5.Maybe teams should look more toward the north part of the South for pro prospects:
Nine (!) North Carolina players were drafted (that’s right; I double-checked), six Clemson players were taken (and Da’Quan Bowers was only the third picked!), and, hell, even three Appalachian State players were nabbed. Why, then, were the Tigers and the Tar Heels a combined 14-12?

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 12:49 am
 

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



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The Seahawks were subjected to much ridicule when they became the first team in playoff history to enter with a losing record (for that, we can thank the incredibly weak NFC West – not to mention the Rams, who fell to the Seahawks in Week 17 in a game that would have allowed St. Louis to win the division with an 8-8 mark).

But then, Seattle immediately thumbed its nose – and indirectly taunted the Giants and Buccaneers, both of whom missed the playoffs with 10-6 records – at the NFL by beating New Orleans (we can talk all day about how Seattle had an unfair advantage by getting to host an 11-5 team, but Seattle outclassed the Saints big time).

Seattle was a weird team to observe last season. The Seahawks were either pretty good (wins against the Chargers and the Bears attest to that), or they were absolutely horrid (remember the 33-3 loss to the Raiders and the 41-7 defeat to the Giants in consecutive weeks?). I never really got a handle on which Seattle team was going to show up each week, and I still couldn’t tell you whether the Seahawks were a good team last year. I kind of lean toward no, though.




Future franchise QB, Too much change

Matt Hasselbeck could return for another season, and honestly, that wouldn’t be a terrible decision, because he was decent enough last year for a 35-year-old quarterback. But his backup Charlie Whitehurst – who the Seahawks traded for last season – simply has not proved he’s a quality starter, and while third-stringer J.P. Losman started in Buffalo, there’s a pretty good reason he’s not doing it there anymore.

It seemed like coach Pete Carroll has turned over the roster about 15 times since he took over as head coach, and he’s lost a few assistants. At some point, there needs to be some roster and staff consistency, doesn’t there?



1. Franchise QB
Could Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb be that quarterback? The Seahawks would have to give up, at the very least, a first-round draft pick (and probably a mid-round pick as well) in order to trade the Eagles, but Kolb could very well be the guy to replace Hasselbeck. Emphasis on the word “could” because Kolb, as far as I’m concerned, still has much to prove as a starting QB. And if Seattle doesn’t get Kolb (and can’t re-sign the unrestricted free agent Hasselbeck), what the heck happen

2. Offensive consistency
wks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates after just one season, probably because they averaged less than 300 yards of total offense per game and perhaps because they thought they could get Josh McDaniels to take that job. Instead, they hired former Vikings offensive coordinator Darren Bevell to replace Bates and former 49ers head coach Tom Cable as the OL coach. Maybe that will work. And if not, Carroll won’t have a problem looking for a replacement.

3. Cornerback help
Seattle allowed 11 passes of 40-plus yards last year, and though that wasn’t necessarily always the fault of the 30-year-old Marcus Trufant and the underwhelming Kelly Jennings, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Seattle takes a defensive back in the first round of the draft. The top-two CBs in the draft (Prince Amukamara and Patrick Patterson) surely won’t be around by the time the Seahawks pick at No. 25, but Colorado’s Jimmy Smith is a definite possibility.




For a playoff team, the Seahawks have soooooo much room to improve. RB Marshawn Lynch (who, you’ll recall, did this against the Saints) was serviceable after landing in the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle signed WR Mike Williams to a three-year extension near the end of the season. But the offensive line needs help (the team has used 15 (!) players on the left side of the line in the past three years), and the Seahawks could forgo a cornerback and draft a lineman in the first round.

That said, remember the Seahawks play in the weakest division in football. So, you could mark them down as favorites to win the NFC West, and you actually have a pretty good chance of being correct. But this team, like last year’s squad, could be very flawed. And it might not be very good.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Carroll says 'Hawks want Hasselbeck back in 2011

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Hasselbeck's an impending free agent and a pretty elderly dude (in football years), so there's a good chance he won't be in Seattle come next year.

However, Pete Carroll said on Wednesday that the team wants to have him back in 2011.

"We love what Matt has done and we're going to do everything we can to keep him here. But we don't know what the timelines or how that's going to work out and all that kind of stuff, but it's a big issue for us that we're looking forward to," Carroll said, per Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times.

"Yeah, we do want him back."

Of course, Carroll has to say that, since Seattle's in the middle of an improbable playoff run and Hasselbeck's virtuoso performance against the Saints is what propelled the 'Hawks to Chicago for a shot at the NFC Championship game.

Additionally, although Hasselbeck's struggled with injuries and performance the last few years, he's a pretty popular guy in the Seattle area. And, of course, not getting Hasselbeck's back would mean that Carroll has to lean on Charlie Whitehurst, which isn't a particularly appetizing alternative.

The reality is that Carroll's regime is a rapid-paced transaction factory (the Seahawks recorded nearly 300 transactions over the past year, which is, well, something) hell bent on returning the 'Hawks to glory.

Hasselbeck might be his guy right now, but he's definitely not the future of the franchise, and if the veteran is seeking a longer contract, there's a pretty good chance that things won't work out in the future.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Seahawks gunning for another QB of the future?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Matt Hasselbeck on the downside of his career – even though he was simply fantastic in beating the Saints, and he might stick around as a starter for another couple years – it makes sense that the Seahawks would continue to search for a potential future quarterback.

I think many of us would agree that Charlie Whitehurst, who was signed before last season for that “future quarterback” spot, is not that person. Now, it sounds like Seattle will give it another shot with a quarterback who’s virtually had no playing time in the NFL.

According to CSN Bay Area, 49ers practice squad QB Nate Davis will sign a contract with the Seahawks, pending that he passes a physical.

You might remember Davis because former San Francisco coach Mike Singletary blasted Davis’ work ethic early this year before stashing him on the 49ers practice squad all season long.

Davis was a fifth-round pick out of Ball State in 2009, and he has impressed observers with his arm strength. But when Singletary ripped him for his offseason practice habits, his stock certainly dropped. He also didn’t play great in the preseason games, and that didn’t help matters either.

And then there’s this.

From the article:

Davis' draft stock fell in the spring of 2009 when he revealed he had a learning disability. With Jim Harbaugh entering as 49ers head coach and bringing the West Coast offense, Davis would've been forced to learn a new offense, anyway.

Davis rarely practiced at quarterback during the season. He saw more action on the 49ers' practice squad playing tight end. The 49ers were not thrilled he gained approximately 15 pounds during the season. Davis plans to spend his offseason with a personal trainer in Indianapolis, he said.

The Seahawks are allowed to sign Davis because he finished the season on the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers had one week of sole-negotiating rights to sign him to a contract that will begin with the new league year. After that one-week window, practice squad players become "street free agents" and are free to sign with any team.


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Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Hasselbeck starting for Seahawks Saturday

Posted by Will Brinson

Charlie Whitehurst may have led the Seahawks to the promised land, but Matt Hasselbeck will start Saturday's wild-card game for Seattle.

That's according to Pete Carroll via the Seahawks official Twitter feed.

"I told him on Monday he was going to start if he could make it through the week," Carroll said.

In other words, Carroll was really impressed with Whitehurst's performance on Sunday night against the Rams (as was everyone else), but he also understands that on Saturday, the 'Hawks aren't playing the Rams again.

They're playing the Saints, who have Gregg Williams running their defense. That means heavy blitzes and a need for a quarterback who's got experience in the playoffs.

Matt Hasselbeck is that quarterback and kudos to Pete Carroll for making the right move. Even though, as Andy noted by not noting in his preview, it really may not matter who's running the offense for Seattle Saturday.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:11 am
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Posted by Andy Benoit



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1. New Orleans Saints (No. 5, NFC, 11-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (No. 4, NFC, 7-9)

The 2010 Saints essentially became the first wild card team in history to get a bye when they drew the matchup against the hapless/fruitless/pathetic/laughabl
e/embarrassing NFC West Champion Seahawks. Seattle can obviously play the “nobody believes in us card”. It’s not even a card to play – it’s more just a fact. But it doesn’t matter because nobody believes in their ability to play the “nobody believes in us card” anyway. And nobody cares if the Seahawks have a chip on their shoulder or something to prove or are out for respect or whatever it is bad teams say before big games. So you say nobody thinks you deserve to be here, Seattle? You’re correct. And all the nobodies are correct, too.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking (On a scale of 5 'Jim Mora Faces')





3. Key Matchup to Watch: Drew Brees & Sean Payton vs. Seahawks D

It’s simple, really: the Seahawks don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Saints. Which is why you can expect the Saints to look to establish a big lead early. Obviously any team would like to establish a big lead early. The difference with New Orleans is that they have a coach who is willing and knows how to do it. The Saints are arguably the best play-scripting team in football. Don’t be surprised if you see 15 different formations in New Orleans’ first 15 plays. Most of those formations will be of the spread variety, given that Drew Brees prefers to get as many weapons as possible involved, and given that New Orleans has all but ignored the run the last three weeks.

Brees will take a keen interest in the Seahawks cornerbacks, neither of whom matches up well with Robert Meachem (expect Meachem to be the No. 1 target given that Marques Colston is questionable after having arthroscopic knee surgery last Tuesday). Kelly Jennings lacks size and Marcus Trufant is inconsistent in deep man-to-man coverage. Seahawks fourth-round rookie Walter Thurmond will also be tempting to pick on, especially if he has to handle the precise route running of Lance Moore.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If the Saints watch this video sometime during the week, don’t be surprised if Sean Payton, out of support for an angry Reggie Bush (and inside word is Bush is definitely angry) giddily runs up the score on the former USC head coach.



5. The Saints will win if ...

They show up and nothing ridiculous happens.

6. The Seahawks will win if ...

They are on the fortunate end of a fluke turnover (or two…or three) and can gather energy from the home crowd that they don’t deserve to be playing in front of.

7. Prediction: Saints 35, Seahawks 13
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:05 am
 

Looks like Hasselbeck will be a go Sunday

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Hasselbeck

Come on, you didn’t really believe Pete Carroll when he said that Charlie Whitehurst would be the starter this Sunday against the Rams...right? As many expected, it looks like Matt Hasselbeck has indeed found a way to get his strained left hip healthy (or healthy enough) in time for Seattle’s de facto playoff game.

The 35-year-old veteran practiced Friday and is expected to be under center Sunday night. ESPN.com’s Mike Sando explains, “The week went to plan for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He wanted backup Charlie Whitehurst to get ample reps in practice just in case. He wanted Whitehurst to be ready. He wanted the team to be ready for Whitehurst. But if Hasselbeck can play Sunday, Hasselbeck will get the start.”

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