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Unfortunately, this was the end; Hasselbeck came up just short of potentially extending his career back home, versus John Schneider's Packers.
In searching the twitter-waves yesterday afternoon, “We want the ball, and we’re going to score” was tossed around by many as a parting tribute to the former face of the franchise.
He will be missed because fans know when Hasselebck stepped on the field, had the intention of winning; he was a gamer, almost too much for his own good.
Over the course of the offseason I’ve looked at the quarterback position through two perspectives:
One perspective said Hasselbeck is important to the chemistry of the locker room and organization; the combination presented by the upside of improved health and leadership was worth holding on to; the quarterback competition wasn’t broken in 2010.
The other view suggested the hardships and injuries of the past three seasons presented enough evidence to move on; if Seattle can create depth and potential competition at the position--ideally create a situation where someone takes charge of the offense-- moving on could be an option.
Ultimately, if Seattle did re-extend their offer after the lockout it would come down to the two sides' ability to find common terms; and if not, the team may rightfully decide the time to move on is indeed now—the two playoff games proving to be too little, too late.
That is what appears to have happened. Seattle didn’t re-extend their offer because one year, seven million was their firm price. They reportedly called Hasselbeck to let him know they were moving on, a necessary gesture.
The Seahawks remained disciplined in pursuing Hasselbeck; Schneider has said during the offseason, and in regards to not drafting Andy Dalton, they would remain disciplined in pursuit of the position. Furthermore, they were decisive in putting the backup plan simultaneously in motion.
Finding the replacement for a player of Hasselbeck’s stature isn’t going to just happen over night; it may take a failure or two before the right guy is found, and chances must be taken in that process.
We learned Seattle will continue to be bold and potentially unconventional as they rebuild the roster. The departure of Matt Hasselbeck isn’t the first we’ve seen of this method, but it’s the most significant tie the new regime has cut in moving towards the future; a move that will surely be scrutinized, for better or worse, when the Carroll and Schneider regime eventually ends.