Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck's plight


Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks plan to stick with Matt Hasselbeck as their starting quarterback despite six interceptions in four games. Coach Pete Carroll: "Matt needs to fight though this with the guys and see if we can work our way through it." It's a little early to contemplate a change for the sake of making a change. The Seahawks' offense remains in its formative stages. Plenty of time remains to give Charlie Whitehurst a chance if Seattle determines Hasselbeck is not the best option. But I did emerge from this game feeling as though the issue was closer to the forefront.

Also from Williams: Sam Bradford impressed Seattle.

More from Williams: The Seattle offense never crossed the 50-yard-line after halftime Sunday.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says the team could not explain its latest road defeat. Safety Lawyer Milloy: "The bye week is going to be big for us. It’s very early in the season still. But we’ve got to figure it out. We’ve to figure the road thing out early. We’ve got to be more consistent. Teams that are successful in this league are the ones that can win on the road. Obviously we feel good when we come home to play. But we’ve got to bring that same team on the road. And that we haven’t done."

Also from Farnsworth: highlights and key plays.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Carroll offered no apologies for risky gambits that failed to produce the desired results. Carroll: "We need plays. We need play opportunities to help us. I think it's pretty clear in that regard. We're still looking for opportunities to make plays. We're just trying to create. Sometimes it's OK, and sometimes it isn't. You've got to go for it sometimes to try and give us a spark, to make a play, to change the field position and all that."

Also from O'Neil: A botched fake field goal served as one turning point.

Also from O'Neil: Russell Okung's ankle became too sore for the rookie to continue playing. The Seahawks were in a bind at tackle because Sean Locklear, the starter on the right side, missed practice with a knee injury and wasn't quite ready, either. The decision to start Okung at left tackle meant moving Tyler Polumbus to right tackle. Polumbus moved back to the left side once Okung could not continue, forcing Locklear into the game at right tackle. The shuffling clearly hurt Seattle, which had previously schemed its way around line issues. This was the line's roughest outing of the season, by far. The Rams' Fred Robbins was a huge problem at times. I thought right guard Stacy Andrews and center Chris Spencer had rough games. Left guard Ben Hamilton didn't stand out, which probably means he had fewer problems.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' line issues finally caught up with them.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald looks at opportunities lost for Seattle.

Also from Boyle: Seattle has gone six quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown. Carroll: "They did a nice job with the pressure and this was our weakest attempt at pass protection. We had a tough time today and they got after the quarterback well today."

More from Boyle: That Rams-Seahawks game in Week 17 could affect the division race, strange as it sounds.