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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

October 30, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Carroll's QB formula has been seen before

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks starting quarterback was healthy enough to be active.

He just wasn't starting.

Charlie Whitehurst started Sunday's game for Seattle, but after the Seahawks fell behind, punting on two of their first three possessions with Whitehurst, he summoned Tarvaris Jackson into the game.

"Nothing was happening," coach Pete Carroll said. "Nothing was moving."

So Carroll made a switch, and the way he handled the Seahawks' quarterback situation on Sunday against Cincinnati gives a hint toward what he had planned last year in Week 17 against St. Louis.

You remember that game, right? The one Whitehurst started after quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had suffered an oblique strain the week before in Tampa Bay.

Hasselbeck rehabilitated all that week, and he felt he was ready to play. But after warming up beforehand, the Seahawks started Whitehurst. Seattle scored the game's only touchdown on the first possession, which was keyed by Whitehurst's 61-yard pass to Ruvell Martin. The Seahawks scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and never trailed, winning 16-6 to reach the playoffs.

I always wondered what would have happen had Seattle fallen behind in that game, and I think Sunday's game against Cincinnati provided a clue. Carroll said he was hoping to give Jackson another week of rest, get him healthier. But faced with a deficit, he opted to go with Jackson to jumpstart the offense. He very well may have done the same thing last season had the Seahawks fallen behind against the Rams.

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The problem is that Charlie wasn't playing bad at all. He was 4 of 6 and would have been 5 of 6 if Sidney Rice hadn't dropped a...  Posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM by arias. Jump to comment
All the second-guessing of Carroll is to be expected and would be equally filled with praise had his decisions paid off. What bothers me are his...  Posted on October 31, 2011 at 8:12 AM by Cletus C.. Jump to comment

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