Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck's future

November, 18, 2010
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Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks should wait until the end of the season before deciding how to proceed with Matt Hasselbeck on a new contract. Boling: "Critics have valid ammunition. He’s 35, he’s missed 10 games in the last two and a half seasons because of injuries, and his 75.3 passer rating is 28th in the league this season. Games like Sunday, though, (333 passing yards with a 106.6 passer rating) freshen the argument." It's difficult to determine Hasselbeck's value at this point. Some sort of compromise deal featuring incentives would seem appropriate. There's no use in letting him get away to sign with a quarterback-starved team such as Arizona or possibly San Francisco. But committing to a 35-year-old quarterback doesn't make a great deal of sense unless Hasselbeck finishes particularly strong.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks noticed a change in Aaron Curry's demeanor before the Arizona game.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com checks in with 2006 seventh-round choice Ben Obomanu, who has earned a spot in the starting lineup. Coach Pete Carroll: "He’s been working so hard, he’s been doing so well, he’s contributing in all ways, and kind of why not? He deserves it. He’s kind of earned his way. This is the classic opportunity by guys who continue to compete and battle and work at your position. You earn it. He earned it. And when he got out there he did really well. So he’ll start this week, and we’ll just see how it goes."

Also from Farnsworth: a closer look at Deon Butler's 63-yard touchdown reception from Hasselbeck against Arizona. Seattle lined up Butler in the slot, a departure from form. Butler took the route deep once he saw linebacker Paris Lenon standing flat-footed. The play then became a footrace between the speedy Butler and Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes. The ball would have gone to Obomanu if Butler weren't open. Butler: "We hadn’t even thrown it in practice, which was the crazy thing. We’d drawn it up and we know how it looks, so it just shows you that Matt really did a great job."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Hasselbeck's wrist injury prevents him from tying his own shoes. Good thing the team signed J.P. Losman -- not only as insurance at quarterback, but to help Hasselbeck lace 'em up.

Also from O'Neil: Curry had a good game against Arizona. Was it a sign of things to come? Carroll: "He can become one of the best guys in the league at playing the line of scrimmage. I think it's what he's really special at."

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Hasselbeck isn't taking direct snaps in practice, the better to protect his injured wrist. Also, Russell Okung moved well enough to suggest he'll likely return at left tackle.

Also from Divish: Obomanu doesn't mind if people do not pronounce his name correctly.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals badly need Beanie Wells back on the field amid injuries at running back.

Also from Somers: The 2010 schedule brings together Todd Haley and Ken Whisenhunt, who once shared an office as assistants with the Jets. Whisenhunt: "When we were talking about pass routes, when we were talking about game-plan stuff, I think we had a great relationship. It was only the physical part where it got competitive, when we did the one-on-one basketball or golf. But that's his nature and that's my nature."

More from Somers: Jeremy Bridges isn't panicking about being thrust into the starting lineup. Bridges: "Right tackle is what I've been doing my whole career. It's comfortable. It's coming home. You always know your room's there. You know how your bed feels. My comfort level is pretty high right now."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com updates the team's injury situation. Urban: "The 'limited' included two newcomers. Cornerback Greg Toler now has a foot injury. Nose tackle Dan Williams has a calf issue. The other limited players all have been nursing their ailments: DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), LB Clark Haggans (groin) and RB Beanie Wells (knee). Wells actually said he feels the best he has since before suffering his knee injury in the preseason."

Also from Urban: Haley's hard-nosed approach to coaching helped Larry Fitzgerald become a more complete player. Haley once called Fitzgerald a one-trick pony. Fitzgerald: "I think Todd is a great coach. He’s fun to play for. Everybody says he’s a hard ass and this, that and the third, but at the end of the day when Todd came in the locker room he’d give you the biggest hug. He wanted it so bad for us. He prepared so much and he pushed us. I remember after the NFC Championship game he was in tears. Those moments are what I’ll remember."

More from Urban: What were the odds of Matt Cassel starting and former USC teammate Matt Leinart serving in a No. 3 role?

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch compares Sam Bradford to Matt Ryan as the quarterbacks prepare to play Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome. Bradford: "He was put into a very similar situation as I was, and I think he's done everything the right way. From the outside, it appears that he's worked as hard as he could to get himself where he is. Any time that you can look at a guy like that and see what he's been able to do and try to take things from that, it can only help you."

Also from Coats: Renardo Foster has generally held up his end when needed on the offensive line.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Bradford made strides Sunday by running the two-minute offense successfully. Coach Steve Spagnuolo: "I just whacked him in the butt and I said, 'This is your time. Go ahead.' He doesn't even flinch, he just goes. He doesn't bat an eyelash. He realizes it's part of what you do in that (quarterback) position in the league. And I think if you talk to some of the guys that were in the huddle -- I wasn't in the huddle -- but he certainly had command in the huddle and knew exactly what he was doing."

Also from Thomas: Bradford isn't shaving in November.

Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at options for the Rams at receiver this offseason.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the team signed Derek Schouman after placing rookie tight end Fendi Onobun on injured reserve.

Brian Stull of 101ESPN St. Louis says the Rams are healthier than they've been in weeks.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explains why the 49ers' Chilo Rachal did not start last week. Rachal had missed multiple practices while his wife gave birth to their child. With a rookie right tackle and a new quarterback, the 49ers weren't comfortable having another young player, Rachal, starting without absorbing the game plan.

Also from Maiocco: Barry Sims has fresh legs heading into his first start of the season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Mike Singletary is handling the 49ers' quarterback situation correctly. Barrows: "He slipped up two weeks ago when he said, in tapping Troy Smith as the starter against Denver in London, that the team had lacked offensive leadership early in the season. Singletary seemed surprised that anyone could interpret that as a slam on Alex Smith. But everyone interpreted it that way, including Alex Smith, who gave a well-thought-out defense of his leadership ability to reporters days later. Since that rift started to form, Singletary has been busily repairing it. And he and Alex Smith appeared to be in good standing after the coach informed him that Troy Smith would start against the Buccaneers."

Also from Barrows: Joe Nedney's replacement could face rainy conditions Sunday.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' rookie offensive linemen are learning on the job.

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