BY Seth Kolloen 07:28AM 12/20/2010

December 20, 2010: Let the Quarterback Debate Begin

The Whitehurst vs. Hasselbeck debate breaks into the open, and the Huskies win without good shooting.

Hasselbeck Turnovers Himself Out of a Job: After losing a fumble in the end zone and tossing two interceptions in the Seahawks’ 34-18 loss to the Falcons, Hass was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst. (Whose subsequent running TD inspired the Qwest crowd to chant “Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!”) After the game, Pete Carroll declined to name a starter for next week’s game. Seahawks 6-7, T1 in NFC West. Next game Sunday @ Tampa Bay.

Root For the Rams Next Week: No matter what the Seahawks do in Tampa Bay, they’ll control their own destiny if St. Louis wins at home against San Francisco next Sunday. That would set up a one-game playoff at Qwest for the NFC West title. In fact, if St. Louis wins Sunday morning, the Seahawks/Bucs game that afternoon is meaningless – win or lose, the Seahawks would still go to the playoffs with a win over the Rams.

Huskies Can’t Shoot, Still Win by 28: This scares me if I’m a fan of another Pac-10 team. The Huskies were 6-26 from three against San Francisco on Saturday night, and still won 80-52. How? A new dedication to rebounding, with Romar running Aziz N’Diaye and Matthew Bryan-Amaning into the starting lineup. Huskies 7-3. Next game Wednesday vs. Nevada.

What they’re saying…

“We’ll figure it out next week and we’ll let you know.” — Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ quarterback job.

“Looking back, I seem to do stupid things when we’re losing.” — Matt Hasselbeck

“Listening to Seattle chant ‘Charlie, Charlie’ while Hasselbeck cringed on the sidelines broke my heart. #thetruthhurts” — @scottyweebs

“That ‘Charlie’ chant from the crowd is classic passive/aggressive Seattle for ‘F*** you Matt’” — @b_dids

“If indeed these are the final days of the Matt Hasselbeck Era, the 12th Man should be cheering what he did here, not chanting backup’s name.” — @glove20kj

“Was that Matt Ryan or Dan Marino?!” — Aaron Curry, via Twitter (Ummmmm….)

In other news…

At KeyArena Saturday night, San Jose St. stomped Seattle U 86-70. The Redhawks held former UWer Adrian Oliver in check, but their big guys got in foul trouble and they were flattened on the glass, allowing 19 offensive boards.

Tim Lincecum, who just bought a luxury condo in Downtown Seattle, raised the 12th Man flag Sunday.

Brandon Roy is sitting out at least the next three games, resting what’s left of his knee.

Another starter on Nebraska’s defense got hit with a DUI charge, and is suspended from the Holiday Bowl.

In case you missed these NFL plays on Sunday: The first-ever game-ending punt return for a touchdown, and the longest-ever kickoff return by an offensive lineman.

In a match-up of the state’s top high school hoops teams, O’Dea came back from 14 points down to beat Garfield Saturday night.

Former Mariner Yuniesky Betancourt went with Zack Greinke from the Royals to the Brewers.

Can you hear a motor running? It’s because Jon Brockman’s nearby. His Bucks play Portland tonight.

Today in SPNW…

Time for Whitehurst, writes Art Thiel.

Hasselbeck and Seahawks OC Jeremy Bates aren’t on the same page, writes Doug Farrar.

Todd Dybas picks the three biggest plays of Husky football season.

Getting Kasey Keller a championship in his final pro season won’t be easy, writes Stanley Holmes.

Today’s action…

NFL: Chicago @ Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Milwaukee @ Portland, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NCAA hoops: UW women vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m., Hec Ed

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