Matt Hasselbeck Is Still Our Guy; Carroll Says

matt christensenContributor IJanuary 20, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes during the game against the Tennessee Titans on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Your too old, you lost a step, It’s time to go. Those are the words Hasselbeck has heard the past year. It must be getting tiring for the former three time pro-bowl Quarterback. The new head coach of the Seahawks believes in Hasselbeck and his arm, and so do I. Hasselbeck has been cursed by a horrible offensive line, and has given everything to this franchise. Hasselbeck played with broken ribs, a bad throwing shoulder, and a bad hand.

Hasselbeck reached a career high in interceptions with 17, and in just two games he managed to throw eight interceptions to Tampa bay, and Green bay. That’s a shocker due to the fact a couple years ago Hasselbeck was known as one of the most accurate and smartest Quarterbacks in the NFL.

Before Hasselbeck had come to Seattle in 2001 the Seahawks had not won a playoff since the 1980’s, and had never been to a super bowl. Now Hasselbeck has broken all the franchise passing records, has four division titles, 5 playoff appearances and one conference championship. Hasselbeck will be 35 a month into next season and it is hard to say how much the veteran has left, but with one year remaining on his contract Seattle might as well see what Hasselbeck has left. The only other two Quarterbacks under contract for next year is, Seneca Wallace, and Mike Teel. Wallace puts up good number but is 30 years old and has never been able to win those close games, and Mike Teel is a former sixth round pick so I doubt he is in our plans for long term.

Seattle could also be willing to trade the veteran quarterback several teams would be interested in Hasselbeck; the browns are rumored to be interested, the bills are looking for a capable Quarterback and if Brett Favre retires after this Minnesota would be interested in Matt Hasselbecks ability to run the west coast offense.

The new coaching staff Seattle is bringing in runs more of a classic west coast offense, instead of the offense Jim Mora ran, which was a west-coast/boot leg/spread offense. Hasselbeck was forced to learn a whole new offense last year than the one he ran for over a decade with Mike Holgrem. I do believe this hurt Hasselbeck more than people have come to realize the fact that he had to get out of his comfort zone and learn a whole new system.

It would be smart for Seattle to draft a Quarterback in the first round this year and let him learn from Hasselbeck for a year or two. The same thing the Green bay Packers did with Brett Favre when they drafted Aaron Rodgers. It should be interesting Seattle fans what becomes of our most prolific passer in team history. We can only go as far as Matt Hasselbeck takes us.