The NFL’s most Jesus-looking quarterback will finally get his chance to start this Sunday. Charlie Whitehurst, the guy with the best hair-facial hair combo in sports since Johnny Damon circa 2004 will start under center for the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, as Matt Hasselbeck continues to recover from a concussion.
So what does this mean for the Seahawks? Well it likely means Seattle will try to pound the ball against the New York Giants, since Whitehurst is not going to be able to read things as quickly as the veteran Hasselbeck, and has never displayed much touch on short throws. The fact that the Giants can rush the passer and will try to take advantage of Whitehurst’s slow reads likely means you’ll see Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch get lots of opportunities.
One thing Whitehurst does well is throw the deep ball. But can he get enough time in the pocket with the Giants’ vaunted pass rush bearing down on him? Probably not. Whitehurst will no doubt try to target Mike Williams deep, but he may well get killed in the process. As ESPN’s Mike Sando noted, expect Pete Carroll to have third-stringer Zac Robinson ready to go in relief.
By the way, anyone else think it’s funny that Mike Williams’ career has been “resurrected” right after he started sharing a locker room with Charlie Whitehurst? Weird, right? Suddenly a Jesus lookalike comes to town and Williams looks like he’s alive for the first time in years.
So, will Whitehurst been Seattle’s savior? You see what I did there? Eh? Eh?
OK, I’m going to stop typing now.