Seattle Seahawks 2011: Is it Time for Charlie Whitehurst to Start at QB?

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Seattle Seahawks 2011: Is it Time for Charlie Whitehurst to Start at QB?
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The Seahawks picked in the 2011 third round a year early.

With all of the attention that has been given to the potential quarterback prospects for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 draft, the only quarterback under contract with Seattle, Charlie Whitehurst, has remained mostly beneath the radar.

If all of these other prospects are to be evaluated as the potential starter for Seattle in 2011, isn’t it only fair to evaluate what Whitehurst is by definition to the Seahawks? He was acquired from San Diego in exchange for their 2011 third-round pick.

The trade also allowed the Seahawks to move down in the 2010 second round, ultimately acquiring receiver Golden Tate.

I want to make it clear from the beginning that I am not convinced that Charlie Whitehurst is the guy, the quarterback who can and will give the Seahawks a legitimate shot at winning another NFC West title in 2011 or beyond.

But on the other side of the coin, I believe it’s a waste to let go of your 10-year franchise quarterback and flat out give up on your backup, which cost a 2011 Round 3 pick. Let's see if Whitehurst can begin to fulfill the expectations of the future franchise quarterback, competing for the job with the current starter. 

And to execute the combination of cutting commitment to both in the same NFL year seems like an incredibly risky move for an organization “focused on owning the division,” as head coach Pete Carroll bluntly put it in his postseason presser in January.

It’s unclear where Whitehurst lies in the view of the organization headed into 2011. We know they think he’s got potential. The question is how much: Last offseason, they thought he could be the guy.

Going into 2011, everyone is asking: Does he deserve to be the guy?  Can he be the guy? 

Let’s take a closer look at Whitehurst, not only as a five-year veteran, but as the prospect the Seahawks took in exchange for their 2011 third-round pick.

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