Danny O'Neil reports that Pete Carroll addressed the Matt Hasselbeck contract situation this morning, and when asked point blank whether the Seahawks were interested in re-signing the Bald Bomber he responded: "Yes, we want him back." Carroll asserts that the Seahawks love what Matt has done this season ("he's had a terrific run for us") and that "we're going to do everything we can to keep him." So, that answers that question.
What it doesn't answer, of course, is the rain cloud hanging over any discussions of the future of the franchise: The Quarterback of the Future. We know it's not Matt. We're pretty sure it's not Charlie at this point, based only on age and lack of experience (and the unwillingness to give him that experience, for better or worse). Do the Seahawks intend to re-sign Matthew Hasselbeck to compete with a rookie for the starting position? Will it be out-lined in discussions with Hass that he will be expected to teach his successor? Or do they expect him to start 16 games in 2011 and 2012 for this franchise? We have seen Matt's lower (Falcons) and upper (Saints round two) bounds this year. We have no assurance which one we'll get this coming Sunday, or this coming season, or any given week. There are a lot of reasons for Hasselbeck's inconsistency that have little to do with him, but he doesn't get off scot-free, either.
Here's hoping that a re-signing of Hasselbeck comes only with the caveat that he is not the long-term answer for this franchise. If we think we can win with adequate-to-good QB play and improved defense and running game, that's perfect. We have played that game before with success. But if we expect dynamic quarterback play for years to come, it's hard to continue accepting the argument that Hasselbeck is the right man for the job forever. This isn't meant as a slight against Hasselbeck at all, but as great as last week's performance was, let's not forget that many have called for his head all season. Re-sign him, sure, but only at the right price and only for the right reasons.
The fact that Hass is our best option right now just shows how weak the Hawks are at quarterback. Matt waited till he was 35 to have the game of his life but it was against an injured, bad road playoff team with the help of the home crowd. Hawks fans who want to keep Hass around simply want to continue their love affair with baldy rather than have a winning record in our easy division. A career game for Matt is just an average week for the elite quarterbacks in this league. Hass is like a glass Christmas tree ornament, we need a tough QB under center.
i have every faith in our coaching staff and front office that they have a plan to keep Mattie and use him to his fullest potential wherever that may be
Love it or hate it Matt Hasselbeck is our best option for right now. I would sure as hell like him at the helm compared to what AZ and SF have going on. I want a QB round one for sure. I just think he is the best player we got.
Not sure if "bald bomber" could be remotely accurate, but if it's what PC wants then hopefully it's a good thing.
So far PC has done the right things (for the most part) so I have to trust what his big picture is. MAYBE it's just what he's saying to keep #8 focused on the game, but chances are he's being 100% honest in his statements.
I think it’s a great idea. Put only for a couple of years to help groom the next franchise QB. That and when he does step down as the starter he will make a good back up to continue grooming the QB and a smoother transition.
I think Txhawkfan has it right, Carroll was put on the spot before a huge game!
Of coarse he has to say that or it will deflate Matt. Look i'm all for re-signing Matt, but he needs to get healthy and also mentor the future. When he's not running for his life and is healthy he still can play at a high level. A lot of questions about where we're headed.
i have been the most ardent hasselbeck apologist around this season, but even i can admit that he's been pretty shaky and i'm not sure how much longer he will play. (for that matter, nobody does.) that said, the guy can still play (obviously) and i would rather have him playing FOR us than AGAINST us. his experience and fire is not something easily replaced.
charlie is not the answer. serviceable backup, sure. but he's not the qb of the future. and lossman? if they thought anything of him, they wouldn't have cut him at the start of the season.
i am quite sure they will bring in someone new. someone young. probably through the draft, i would think. 1st rounder, 6th rounder, i don't know. but whoever it is, you won't really know what you've got for a few seasons.
which is why i think they should resign hass for two years. play him as long as he can stay healthy and play well. and having him around to mentor the young guy would be smart. when he finally can't go anymore, then it's time to see if the young guy is worth anything.
that's what i would do anyway.
I am pretty sure PC has made his point since the day that he walked in the door, "The best man plays"! If Matt is that guy he will get the call and if not then he will get the clipboard if he can wrestle it away from Whitehurst!
While I am warming up to the idea of Matt being resigned, I am not sure these remarks by PC really hold much water. What do you expect him to say in a press conference days before Matt leads us into the divisional round of the playoffs "No this is it for Matt"/
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Its nice to hear that Caroll is saying all the right things. But Caroll hasnt said if he wants Matt back AS A STARTER. And Matt wont want to come back if he's on the hot seat, on a short leash, or has to look over his shoulder every week. And after the Saints game, barring a disastrous game in Chicago, Matt has won himself opportunities to start elsewhere.
You think he wont go to SF, Minny, or AZ if Pete refuses to name him the starter, or wont pay him well?
Personally, Im waiting to see what Matt does against Chicago--and how the rest of the team performs before I scream for anything. But all year I have wanted to see Matt brought back as the confirmed starter for 2-3 years, with the caveat that if he falls apart the last year is voidable for us--and we'll be grooming TWO qb's to replace him. Also, I wanted a high pick for qb this year, but its unlikely now with our pick falling.
I would much rather keep Matt in the hope his 6 good games are what the future holds rather than his 8 bad games, as being a decent qb with the occasional great game is far preferable to having only CW and a rookie.
I cant imagine wanting to dump Matt now and just "see what CW can do". CW showed some things in the Rams game, some hope for future improvement, but theres no way Im comfortable setting the weight of an entire season on his shoulders. Just my thoughts, Im aware Im likely in the minority here--though not as much as before the NO game!