With all of the roster turnover the Seahawks have gone through this offseason, they still are relying one player connected with the winning ways the team experienced during the Mike Holmgren years to help lead them back to respectability.
Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck continues to look impressive in the first days of training camp. The team has been giving Hasselbeck, who turns 35 in September, regular days off to keep his arm fresh.
The move also allows newcomer Charlie Whitehurst to get some much-needed work with the first unit. Received in a trade with the San Diego Chargers and given a two-year, $8 million deal to compete for the starting job with Hasselbeck, Whitehurst has been inconsistent at times for the Seahawks.
That’s to be expected for a former third-string quarterback stepping into a new system. However, Hasselbeck has picked up intricacies of new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ system quickly, and has looked liked the polished quarterback during Seattle’s glory days so far in camp.
“He really came out in command of what’s going on and made the whole thing work well today,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said about Hasselbeck’s first day of training camp.
Hasselbeck said so far the change Carroll has brought with him has been good for this team that only has won nine games in two seasons.
“Everything feels different this year,” he said. “Pete came in and just really wanted to change the culture, and it’s not that our culture was bad or anything like that. It’s just that this culture he’s trying to establish here is so much different.
“Take the crowd and the fans as an example. You never come out and not play in front of a crowd, so he’s trying to make things as game-like as possible. Whenever you’re out there stretching there’s music, he’s trying to make it like a game.”
Also helping the Seahawks get going this training camp is getting all of the rookie draft picks in camp.
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