In a situation that’s becoming all too familiar, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks offense on to the field with a 1:30 remaining in yesterday’s game and a chance to win or tie with a score. Instead, down 20-17, Hasselbeck connected with Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs to all but seal a Washington victory.
This is the second straight week that Hasselbeck has thrown a critical fourth-quarter interception, and it is apparent that the Seattle QB is anything but healthy. Yesterday’s sad finish capped off an all-around disappointing day. Hasselbeck’s line was no better than any of those posted by backup Seneca Wallace over the course of the past few weeks: 12-24 passing, 103 pass yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. Which brings up the question once again of whether or not Hasselbeck should even be playing, when pride is all that the 2-9 Seahawks are now competing for.
While the competitive mentality tells each player and coach to give 100% and win every ball game, regardless of the circumstances, logical reasoning often presents a different case. Under the current situation, Hasselbeck has no business being on the field right now. He is only being exposed to further injury and has proven unreliable in back-to-back games. Seneca Wallace may not be the answer at quarterback for this club, but he’s what we have right now and should be the man under center each week from here on out.