A recap of the activities from Day One of wild-card playoff week:
Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. Who starts at quarterback for the Seahawks in Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field?
Pete Carroll isn’t saying. Not because he’s trying to be coy – at least not completely. It’s because the Seahawks’ first-year coach doesn’t have to name a starter today, and wants to get a look at both QBs in practice this week before making the decision.
“We’ll find out where we are in the next day or so and determine that,” Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session when asked who would start this week. “Right now, it looks like we’ll split reps with those guys at practice tomorrow and we’ll just find out where we are.”
The Seahawks will get an early start this week, practicing on Tuesday – the players’ usual “off” day – because they play Saturday.
The Seahawks will not have tight end Chris Baker or guard Chester Pitts for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the Saints at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll announced during his just-concluded day-after Q&A session.
Baker fractured a hip in Sunday night’s division-clinching victory over the Rams, while Pitts got what Carroll called a “pretty serious concussion” when he hit his head on the turf at Qwest.
Tyler Polumbus started at left guard for Pitts against the Rams and will remain in the lineup for this week’s game. With Baker out, tight ends John Carlson and Cameron Morrah will be even more involved as blockers in the running game.
As for the QB situation, Carroll said both Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are “getting ready to start.”
Hasselbeck sat out the Rams game because of the strained muscles in his left hip and buttock that he got in the previous game against the Buccaneers. So Whitehurst started, but was sore today after being pressured and hit – if not sacked – throughout the game against the Rams.
The players will practice on Tuesday, their usual “off” day, because they play on Saturday. Carroll said Hasselbeck will participate fully, but that he and Whitehurst likely will split the reps.
The Seahawks hoped to retain their position atop the NFC West with a victory over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, but struggled and fell 42-24 in front of the home crowd at Qwest Field.