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Peter King is convinced Matt Hasselbeck will leave Seattle


The longer the lockout drags on, the more obvious Matt Hasselbeck’s value to the Seahawks appears.  He looks to be in control of the team’s recent practice sessions and weight program.

Doug Farrar of Sportspress Northwest notes that Hasselbeck “handed out workout sheets for position groups and barked out plays for the seven-on-seven drills” during a session last Friday.  Hasselbeck deflected credit to teammate Justin Forsett, but his leadership after a decade with the organization seems pretty obvious.

Despite all that, Peter King of is convinced Hasselbeck will be playing elsewhere next season.  In a series of tweets after midnight Wednesday morning — someone must have had a big a Starbucks day — King predicted that Charlie Whitehurst would be the team’s Week One sarting quarterback.

Asked to predict where Hasselbeck would land, King listed the Cardinals, Titans, Dolphins and Vikings in that order.  (Arizona would be interesting . . . since Hasselbeck has Seattle’s playbook.)

We usually don’t post Twitter predictions; King isn’t “reporting” anything. But we know enough to know there’s something behind the tweets. It’s rather notable King is so convinced Hasselbeck will be playing elsewhere next year, when conventional wisdom lately seems to be the opposite.

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15 Responses to “Peter King is convinced Matt Hasselbeck will leave Seattle”
  1. albanyhawker says: Jun 8, 2011 10:32 AM


    TWO Seahawks specific pieces on the same day??!!

    How we going to claim East Coast bias and media snubs after all this attention??!!

  2. brian2412 says: Jun 8, 2011 10:45 AM

    King was in Seattle all weekend and attended the U2 concert with Seattle GM John Schneider. I have strong confidence in this information.

    Charlie Whitehurst = Andrew Luck in 2012!

  3. cleanface says: Jun 8, 2011 10:55 AM

    Peter King is 60% sure that there are 3:2 odds Matt Hasselbeck will be leaving Seattle. Possibly. He also forgot to get his receipt from the Kansas City Hyatt but let’s save that for next week’s column.

  4. packerrube13 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:33 AM

    Ha ha ha @Cleanface, that is exactly how credible this story sounds. I love it. That literally made me laugh out loud.

    And most of the posters on here that try witty one liners are pathetic and not humorous. So nicely done sir. (Or maam? I shouldn’t assume)

  5. libradad53 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:39 AM

    With the strike/lock out /labor strife going down hill and a shorten season, or at least compressed season looking more and more likely, The Seahawks will need his presence. He will not be going anywhere. AS for leadership, Matt has made it clear that he has some interest in coaching in his future, well this is his chance to get some experience in doing that. Clearly he has the respect of his team mates.

  6. CKL says: Jun 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    packerrube13 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:33 AM

    Ha ha ha @Cleanface, that is exactly how credible this story sounds. I love it. That literally made me laugh out loud.

    And most of the posters on here that try witty one liners are pathetic and not humorous. So nicely done sir. (Or maam? I shouldn’t assume)
    It’s even funnier if you read a certain other website’s weekly takedown of PK’s columns. Cleanface channeled that blogger perfectly.
    “Name me 5 NFl “writers” less decisive than PK
    YOU CAN’T…maybe…possibly.”

  7. endzonezombie says: Jun 8, 2011 12:04 PM

    Hasselbeck is too much of a ‘status quo’ influence on a new and emerging organization. Seattle is still rebuilding, and will have a losing season with or without Hasselbeck. It’s better for the organization to move forward without having to constantly make excuses for what the QB did for the team in the past.

  8. nflfan877 says: Jun 8, 2011 12:06 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I don’t know if I could forgive the Seahawks if they let Hasselbeck go now and hand it over to Whitehurst.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Jun 8, 2011 12:18 PM

    I am sure if you look hard enough you will find (or will find shortly) a Peter King story indicating that his sources tell him Matt Hasselbeck will be staying in Seattle next year.

    That’s his professional m.o. Throw so much stuff up against the wall that some of it is bound to stick. Then stand back and say “I told you so..”

  10. sterilizecromartie says: Jun 8, 2011 12:38 PM

    That being said, I am now more sure than ever that Hasselbeck will be back in Seattle next year.

  11. malgorthewarrior says: Jun 8, 2011 12:41 PM

    here is a juicy nugget: i think hasselbeck will leave Seattle. Maybe. Call it 60% maybe-ish. Now let’s talk about coffee and baseball!

    Peter King is an embarrassment to sports reporting. His continued exposure and popularity are also a testament to how stupid the average sports fan is becoming.

    I think Peter King sucks. Possibly. Or he doesn’t. there is a good chance he quasi sucks sometimes.

  12. bartpkelly says: Jun 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    I think Seattle would be more successful with Matt. However, I am also excited for a new beginning.

  13. bonniebengal says: Jun 8, 2011 2:05 PM

    THe ONLY way Hasselback will be playing elsewhere is if Mike Brown were willing to give in and trade Carson Palmer. In that circumstance, Pete Carroll would give everything and the kitchen sink to get his USC boy back. Then Hasselback is gone. But Mike Brown is not going to trade CP, CP will retire, and Hasselback will stay right where he is.

  14. anarchopurplism says: Jun 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    Send Hasselbeck to MN.

    We buy used tires………..all the time.

  15. schmitty2 says: Jun 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    60% of the time Peter King is right every time

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