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Matt Hasselbeck is having his best season since 2007.
Winning the division last year? That was the plan all along. Suck for Luck? Forget about it. Pete Carroll is not going to mortgage even one second of his tenure as head coach just to lay in waiting. Carroll wants to win, and he wants to win now.
But why then did he chose to let the team’s best quarterback option walk via free agency?
Some fans may think this is old news; the season is well under way. It’s certainly time to move on. However, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the incongruities of Carroll’s logic.
The fact is this team had a clear opportunity to be better than they are this season, and Carroll and GM John Schneider knowingly chose to put a lesser product on the field.
Unless they truly believe the rhetoric about Tarvaris Jackson representing their best chance to win this year. But I don’t believe Carroll is that stupid.
I do, however, believe he is that headstrong.
Let’s consider the facts (for those that would rather see a comparison of Hasselbeck vs. Charlie Whitehurst, god help you):
Hasselbeck has a QBR of over 90, with 13 touchdowns against just six interceptions, is completing over 63 percent of his passes and is on pace for over 4,000 yards passing this year.
And before you go complaining about his arm strength, he already has two passes of over 80 yards this season.
Jackson, on the other hand, has yet to complete a pass longer than 55 yards, has a QBR of under 76, with just six touchdowns against nine interceptions.
It doesn't take long to realize who the best quarterback is. But most of us knew that before the season began.
So, the question remains: if all Carroll cares about is winning, then why are we settling for this year's team? If Hasselbeck were guiding this team, it’s likely the Seahawks could be competing for the division again, instead of competing to get out of the lottery—which at that this point in the season also makes little sense.
It’s in this regard that I am most perplexed. If the Seahawks knew they were going to be garbage this year, why not just hold out for Andrew Luck? Winning 2-4 games this year won't do much to make your draft look good.
Not if you miss on the can’t-miss prospect of the decade just because you really wanted to compete against the New York Giants in Week 5—but not in free agency, where you allowed the face of the franchise to leave, in lieu of…Tarvaris Jackson.
Where was the competition then? Why should the fans accept this product when Carroll clearly has not done everything he could do to make this team respectable this year? Is Tarvaris Jackson really someone to build around?
Carroll will need to turn things around next season if he is to inspire any confidence in his direction of the quarterback position.