SEATTLE- Pete Carroll's new philosophy of competition at every position might just have helped Seattle's newest quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Carroll has stated from day one that at quarterback Matt Hasselbeck would be the starter and Charlie would be pressing him for the starting job.

Now after a few weeks in training camp and one pre-season game under the teams belt Charlie Whitehurst has emerged as the Seahawks starting quarterback over the veteran Hasselbeck.

Whitehurst has been getting most, if not all of the first-team reps at quarterback during the last few weeks of training camp and performed well in his firs pre-season game against Tennessee.

Matt Hasselbeck is in the final year of an original six-year contract he signed after the 2005 season and hasn't been as impressive on the coaching staff as has Whitehurst.

While Pete Carroll did not say that Whitehurst is the teams starting quarterback he didn't hesitate to talk about the fine performance the former third-string quarterback turned in against Tennessee.

Against the Titans Whitehurst threw for 214 yards passing coupled with two touchdowns and one interception. He went 14/22 in that game while Hasselbeck, who saw the typical starter time of one drive went 4/10 for 26 yards and looked shaky most of the drive.

Whitehurst, who looked calm and collective, controlled the game well and did everything necessary to show his promise to the Seahawks coaching staff and more importantly Pete Carroll. Whitehurst connected with receiver Mike Williams on a 51-yard touchdown pass and tight end Anthony McCoy on a four-yard pass on third down for his second touchdown pass of the game.

While you can never make too much out of the first pre-season game there is still something to look at with the Seahawks newest quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst. It will be a topic of discussion as Seahawks pre-season rolls on whether or not Whitehurst beats out Hasselbeck for the Seahawks starting quarterback job.

With Whitehurst under contract for two years and having youth on his side at the age of only 28, and not having to play the first four years of his career the Seahawks, and Pete Carroll might be looking at Whitehurst as the teams short and long-term option at quarterback.

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