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Pete Carroll says he’s still “excited” about Charlie Whitehurst

Charlie Whitehurst

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst sets to pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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It wasn’t a surprise that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll decided to stick with Matt Hasselbeck as his quarterback this week despite Hasselbeck’s 13 turnovers in his last four games.

Staying with Hasselbeck was the safe and smart play, if only because his backup Charlie Whitehurst has shown very little when called upon.

“I think it doesn’t have anything to do with Charlie,” Carroll said via the Seattle Times. “It has to do with, we think that Matt can get the job done for us. We have to keep him in good situations.”

But could Charlie get the job done for them? He was unimpressive in training camp and the preseason. During the regular season, Whitehurst has thrown one touchdown and three interceptions. He’s averaged a sickly 5.5 yards-per-attempt.

The Seahawks gave Whitehurst a big salary and gave up draft picks. Surely, they expected more. Didn’t they expect a guy that would be able to step in at a moment in the season like this?

“I’m excited about Charlie’s growth,” Carroll said. “We trust him. We believe in him that he can come in the game. I think we could see that again last week, and if we need him, we’ll call on him.”

No matter what happens the next two weeks, the Seahawks seem no closer to finding a solution at quarterback than they did when Carroll took the job.