Carroll on Tatupu and Hasselbeck

Pete Carroll took timeout from his book tour on Thursday to do a Q&A with Sporting News Today, and two of the more interesting comments from the Seahawks coach centered on middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck – who are coming off injuries that hampered the team during its 5-11 season last year.

Carroll on Tatupu: “Lofa is as good and as effective as a player as anyone we ever coached at SC in those nine years – the most savvy. Lofa helps players around him play well. He can give them all the calls and adjustments that make them play at their best. … I see him being one of our leaders. That familiarity has already given us a great start in how we’ve been received by the team.”

Carroll on Hasselbeck: “He took on the challenge to make (this year) the offseason of his life, working hard and studying hard. He’s in great shape and physically fit – now we just need to protect him and keep him healthy. All the while, he’s holding off the challenges of Charlie Whitehurst.”

You can read the entire Q&A here.

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