Seattle Seahawks: Six Reasons Charlie Whitehurst Could Start in 2011

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Seattle Seahawks: Six Reasons Charlie Whitehurst Could Start in 2011
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Can Whitehurst take a giant step forward and be the leader under center in 2011?

Charlie Whitehurst’s status as the only quarterback currently on the Seahawks’ depth chart has been well documented this offseason.

The 2006 third-round pick cost Seattle a 2011 third-rounder before the 2010 draft. The two year, $8 million deal—$10 million with possible incentives—given to Whitehurst was the organization’s way of saying, "you’re here to compete for the starting job, do you have what it takes?"

After year one, the answer is still unclear. The organization has two starts, five games in which he threw a pass and a win to secure the division title to add to their ongoing evaluation of Whitehurst; It’s clear he is in a competition with an unknown opponent to be the 2011 starter.

With any decision, there are multiple perspectives to explore before coming up with a final answer. If Seattle is willing to open the competition for the starting quarterback job, Carroll and Schneider have presumably built the case for Whitehurst through an optimistic lens—not to say they haven't built a pessimistic case against Whitehurst as well.

So what does the organization see in Whitehurst to call him the possible starter for 2011? Here are six reasons why he may be the best option under center next season. 

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