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Why Isn’t Whitehurst Putting Together Team Workouts?

Last week, Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams disclosed that for the first time this off-season, he and some of his teammates were organizing group worouts for this week. “I got a text message this week–I’m not going to reveal who it’s from–but we got a guy up here trying to organize a two-day mini-camp next week in Seattle,” Williams told The Brock & Salk Show on 710 ESPN Seattle last Tuesday.

One doesn’t have to be Columbo to reach the conclusion that, in all likelihood, “the guy” Williams is referring to as the workout organizer is quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck has a copy of the team’s playbook, and has been working out with several Seahawks, including throwing passes to tight end John Carlson, Hasselbeck has lived in the Seattle area for over a decade, and likely knows which local facilities would work best for the work the players intend to do, Hasselbeck organizing the workouts makes some sense, but ESPN’s John Clayton wonders why Charlie Whitehurst, the only quarterback the Seahawks have under contract at the moment, hasn’t taken an active role in organizing these workouts.

“If you’re going to be the quarterback, and part of the knock on him is that you know he’s got talent, but does he have that desire to take over things? Does he have that leadership ability?” Clayton during a Tuesday appearance on The Kevin Calabro Show. “To be a leader, you’ve got to lead. And the times to lead are the times right now, when you’ve got everybody scattered around trying to do it. He’s under contract. He could be the starting quarterback next year, but to our knowledge, he hasn’t started (to take on a leadership role) yet. “This would be a time that he should do that.”

Whitehurst makes his off-season home in Georgia, well outside of the Seattle area and the former third-round pick out of Clemson has been busy, organizing informal workouts at various high schools with players such as free agent tight end Ben Hartsock and Dallas Cowboys seventh-round fullback Shaun Chapas.

Those workouts are fine, but it’s June 1st, and it does not appear as though the team’s only signed quarterback, one who is due $4 million in base salary this upcoming season, has made an attempt to organize his teammates during the lockout, there may not be permissible contact between NFL teams and players, but players are fooling themselves if they think coaches and personnel departments aren’t watching them from afar.

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