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Deciphering the Matt Hasselbeck Rhetoric

In an off-season slowed by a drudging lockout it’s no wonder the only newsworthy bits that pique any interest involve potential free agent speculation.

Usually, we’re three months past the opening of free agency and fans are discussing their new acquisitions, currently, a squabble over a massive $9  billion pool of money has haulted all league activity.

When it comes to Seattle, the most talked about free agent is Matt Hasselbeck, and courtesy of Peter King, speculation is becoming increasingly rampant that Hasselbeck has played his last down in Seatttle.

Here is what he had to say on the issue:

“I think that the Seahawks are gonna move in a different direction…I think Matt is gonna move in a different direction. The fact is they made him an offer before they had to stop talking to their own players, and he turned it down. I just have thought ever since then, that he’s probably going to go in a different direction.”

NFL Networks version of Adam Schefter also weighed in on the topic as well:

“I have a feeling maybe Hasselbeck lands in Tennessee when all is said and done,”

Sports Illustrated writer Jim Trotter also tweeted:

to those correcting me, hasselbeck is NOT a seahawk. he’s a free agent. as i wrote a month ago, i don’t anticipate him being back w/ seattle

In uncertain times, making a prediction on most of these players is like nailing jelly to a wall. Speaking of uncertain times, shouldn’t that also be a factor when talking about Hasselbecks value to the Seahawks?

It would be tough to argue that in a shortened off-season while breaking in a new offensive coordinator that can’t work with his offense anybody available besides Hasselbeck would be a better option. It has been reported a one year offer was made to him and he requested a two year offer and the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement before the lockout began.

As things creep nearer to a situation involving possibly no training camp, I don’t see Seattle as a team being financially restraint addressing their quarterback position after a successful finish to 2010. Most would not have pinned the Seahawks making the postseason amist a literal full-blown rebuilding mode where they tore apart the roster. After making the playoffs at square one of the rebuilding movement, anything less should be considered a failure during Carroll’s tenure.

He had multilple chances to insert his hand picked quarterback into the lineup when Hasselbeck struggled and yet restrained on putting Charlie Whitehurst in. This tells me that he felt Hasselbeck was the best option even when he was struggling. Why wouldn’t he feel especially after his epic playoff performance that one season later he is still not the better option?

Of course, don’t doubt for a moment that Pete Carroll is anxious to show his critics he didn’t get hustled by AJ Smith. I don’t think he’s going to be a fool about it though.

One thing I will agree with though, if he doesn’t end up back in a Seattle uniform, he’s going to definitely end up in another shade of blue.




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