Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Matt Hasselbeck. Coach Pete Carroll was asked about the status of his quarterback after Sunday’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, and again on Monday.

That will happen when the starting quarterback turns the ball over five times, which led to 20 points for the 49ers in their 19-point victory. But Carroll greeted each question with an incredulous look a what-do-you-expect-will-happen response: Hasselbeck remains the starter, because he gives the Seahawks their best chance to win – starting with this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field.

Carroll was asked if there is concern that Hasselbeck is struggling with the offense or if there were emotional issues involved – because he was playing without the injured duo of leading receiver Mike Williams and starting flanker Ben Obomanu.

“Well, I don’t know if it’s either one of those,” he said. “I didn’t see anything emotional, and it has nothing to do with the offense.”

 

Quarterbacks throw interceptions. It’s a fact of life in the NFL. It’s just that Hasselbeck threw four against the 49ers, to tie his career high, and has thrown eight in the past three games – after having just one interception in the previous five games.

“I think Matt got caught up in the game this week of trying to make something happen, and trying more than he needed to is always something we’re talking about,” Carroll said. “You try too hard, you over-try. Try to force the action and things usually go the wrong way.

“You need to stay within the system, stay within the style that we want to play and the way we prepare.”

Even with that said, Carroll added, “Quarterbacks throw picks. It happens sometimes. I though in this game – and Matt felt the same way – that he was trying too hard.”

Hasselbeck definitely agreed, especially on the interception at the end of the first half and the one to open the second half – which was returned for the touchdown.

“It’s tough when the quarterback turns the ball over as many times as I did,” he said after the game. “I feel bad about that, but I’m going to get that right. I’m going to get that fixed and just keep moving on.”

So is Carroll. “There’s a discipline about that where no matter how much you want to score and how much you want to take a shot, you can’t do it because it’s going to hurt you,” he said. “We lost in that exchange right there. That’s all.”

Hasselbeck has made a habit this season of following a loss with one of his better games, as Seahawks.com’s Ben Malcolmson outlined earlier today.

NO. 265, AND NO. 266

Wide receiver Deon Butler has been placed on injured reserve, after having surgery to repair his broken right leg. To fill his roster spot, the club signed guard Paul Fanaika off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

Fanaika has size (6-5, 327), a physical style of play and a mauler’s mentality. He entered the league last year, when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the seventh round. He spent 11 weeks on their practice squad before the Washington Redskins signed him to their 53-man roster. Fanaika signed with the Browns in June.

Butler was injured while catching a touchdown pass in the closing minutes of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. He remains in the Bay Area after having surgery that night to place a steel rod in his leg.

With these roster moves, the Seahawks have made 266 since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January.

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks continue to lead the league in average starting position after returning kickoffs (31.1-yard line). But they are now third in opponents’ average starting position after kickoffs (23.4). The Falcons are the league leaders (22.7).

THE GREAT TAILGATE DEBATE

Who has the NFL’s best tailgaters? The Bing National Tailgating Championship will determine that, and the tour comes to Qwest Field on Sunday – or the north parking lot at Qwest, to be exact.

The Tailgating Institute of America – yes, there is a Tailgating Institute of America – is hosting the competition. The winner will be crowned depending on performance in four key categories: cooking, sports trivia, parking lot athletes and team spirit.

Regional competitions between four tailgating crews already have been held at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, Denver’s Invesco Field, the New Meadowlands Stadium, the Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium and the Louisiana Superdome. The finals will be held Feb. 3 in Dallas.

The event at Qwest on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. To apply to be one of the four crews, visit www.bingfootball.com.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s beyond reason. It’s ridiculous. He’s gotten lucky a little bit too, but he’s just the toughest guy in the world.” – Hasselbeck, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay before coming to the Seahawks, on Favre’s 297-game regular-season consecutive start streak that ended Monday night


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