Hasselbeck upgrades from two-pack to "maybe a four-pack"

Published on August 6, 2010 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Matt Hasselbeck loved the theme of competition that Pete Carroll sold to him over the phone when Carroll took the job as Seahawks head coach.

A few months later, Carroll called to tell Hasselbeck the team traded for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

“That put a new spin on the whole ‘competition,’ thing,” Hasselbeck told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports with a laugh. “I said, ‘Wait, not at my spot.'”

As we’ve detailed during camp, Whitehurst has not responded particularly well to the competition.  Hasselbeck, however, has acted like a 34-year-old in a contract year who just took a peek at his career mortality.   Safety Lawyer Milloy told Silver that Hasselbeck has changed.

“He’s leading this team in a way he wasn’t last year. When he came in this offseason, he had his chest puffed out and had a different swagger about him. Competition does that,” Milloy said.

Running back Justin Forsett on the difference: “He’s got a three-pack now, maybe a four-pack. Before, it was maybe a two-pack.”

Hasselbeck has looked mostly sharp in practices, but will have to prove he can stay healthy behind a shaky offensive line.  If he can beat the odds to rebound with a strong regular season, Hasselbeck will become very expensive for Carroll to retain in 2011.

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