Whitehurst has formed a nice little bond with Hasselbeck. Let me say that if you can't form a good bond with Hasselbeck, you are either a Martian or speak only Swahili. On one of his first nights in Seattle, Whitehurst got an invitation to dinner with the Hasselbeck family -- Matt, his wife and three kids. The kids figured out something was different at the meal because they didn't open it with grace, as they usually do.
"I'm thinking he looks more like
Now we got the interesting-looking-quarterback angle out of the way. Now the question is: Can he play?
Whitehurst threw zero passes in four years of regular-season and postseason play with the Chargers. But from watching his preseason play over the last four seasons, Seattle coach
"It's not true to say he hasn't played,'' Carroll told me. "He has played, just not in regular-season games. But he's played against guys with NFL talent fighting to make NFL rosters. We've seen him make all the throws. He's sinewy, tall, real big arm, can throw everything. We've been thrilled with what we've seen so far. Matt's our guy. He's our starter. But Charlie's going after him. He gives us what we want at every position on the field -- competition.''
Whitehurst takes the questions about his inexperience well. He says he felt he was good enough to be number two in San Diego, but the coaches picked
"I understand the question, and I respect that the question has to be asked,'' Whitehurst said. "I haven't thrown a pass in a game that counts. People are going to have questions about me. But I'm confident when I play that I can perform. I think I'm accurate, have a strong arm to make the downfield throws, and I think guys like to play with me. I've been in the league for four years, and I've played for some really smart offensive coaches in
In workouts, offensive coordinator
What also helps Whitehurst is his father.
It's going to be an interesting quarterback competition. I expect Hasselbeck to win it, but I wouldn't be surprised if Whitehurst is impressive in training camp that Carroll finds a way to get him playing time this year.
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Well, character doesn't factor in; the Pro Football Hall of Fame does not include character or things a candidate does outside of football in the deliberations for election. I think it would be tough for Feagles, but I'm only one of 44 voters. What he has on his side is longevity and directional-punting ability, which are formidable qualities. It's possible, with athletes staying in the kind of the shape they do these days, that other punters of this era could last 20 years or so as well -- and they might have better overall numbers than Feagles' top-ranked punting-yardage mark and 110th-place all-time gross punting average. But it's up to us, also, to look beyond raw numbers as many members of our committee did this year when electing
How's life in Bogata, Juan? Excited to have an e-mail from Colombia. I don't think the Kolb contract was excessive, really. It's $12.26-million over two years for a guy who's going to be the starting quarterback of a playoff-caliber team. The Eagles could have waited 'til the end of the season, I suppose -- but then they risked having to franchise him for a single season in 2011 for significantly more money than they would be paying him in this two-year deal. It's a gamble, but not a very big one, in my opinion. Re my schedule, I won't have it worked on until after I return from the World Cup in late June. But I'll let you know in July what my camp trip will look like. I'm going to try to hit 21 teams this year.
First, I think Kroenke's bid to buy the Rams will be approved by the league. And if the Rams fans buy tickets in the quantities they bought them a decade ago, I wouldn't worry about Kroenke moving the team. He's not going to move a team that's selling out its games. But like all franchises, if the fan support isn't there, Los Angeles is going to be an attractive alternative.
That was one of my first thoughts after the draft, Ashley. I found it odd that they would draft two quarterbacks of promise, but when you think of what they had -- basically,
I'm trying to sort all of that out right now. The Jets have gotten close to the Patriots, and perhaps surpassed them, and the Patriots have tinkered with the roster while the Jets have added the most name players of any team in football to the roster. I think the Patriots haven't addressed two significant needs on their roster enough -- running back and wide receiver. But Belichick's the smartest guy in the league, and I don't say that flippantly or derisively; I mean it.
Belichick obviously thinks the aging
I have but one comment: Admit me to Favre rehab.
I did, though, have a great tip for people in