Carroll: “We’re going with Matt”

Matt Hasselbeck will remain the Seahawks’ starting quarterback, coach Pete Carroll said during his just-completed day-after Q&A session with reporters.

Carroll pulled Hasselbeck in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons at Qwest Field and went with backup Charlie Whitehurst. But after reviewing video of the game today and talking to his assistant coaches and Hasselbeck, Carroll opted to stay with the veteran QB for this week’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa.

“We’ve all reflected, and we’re going with Matt,” Carroll said. “Matt’s been our quarterback. He’s the guy who has given us a chance all throughout and gives us our best chance to finish off right. I’m excited in that sense, that he’s going to pull this thing together with us.”

 Hasselbeck committed three turnovers Sunday that led to 17 points by the Falcons in the 34-18 loss. Limiting, if not eliminating, those kinds of mistakes were the focal points of Carroll’s talk with Hasselbeck today.

“He’s good. He’s ready to go,” Carroll said.


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