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Monday, August 1, 2011

Sayonara Salute #11: Matt Hasselbeck & Lofa Tatupu

I love the Seattle Seahawks and have been a fan of them since the early 80's. In the franchise's thirty-five year history... they've accumulated a 262-286 record, have reached the playoffs eleven times... and have made one Super Bowl appearance.

Six of those eleven playoff appearances have been in the past eight seasons and a huge part of that success falls on the shoulders of Matt Hasselbeck, who is the all-time leader in Seattle Seahawks franchise history in the following categories:

Games Started: 131
Pass Completions: 2,559
Pass Attempts: 4,250
Passing Yards: 29,434

I'm interested in seeing how the Hawks will fare this year without the guy who's been their offensive leader the past ten seasons. All I know is that franchise QB's don't grow on trees and hopefully Pete Carroll knows what he's doing.

And if losing their offensive leader wasn't enough... the Hawks decided to part ways with their defensive leader as well.

Lofa Tatupu was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. He immediately made an impact and helped the Hawks get to the Super Bowl his rookie year. In his first six seasons in the NFL, he's made the Pro Bowl squad three times.

It looks like the Seahawks asked him to take a pay cut... and his release was a mutual decision between him and the franchise.

I don't think anyone considered the Seahawks to be Super Bowl contenders this season... but now that Hasselbeck and Tatupu are gone... it doesn't look like they can even contend in the sad... sad... sad... NFC West.

According to Carroll... "It's always business". I just wonder if the Seahawks are going to become the Oakland A's or San Diego Padres of football. If they do... I'll still love them... but I'd be lying if I said it was "kosher".

But tonight it's not about the Seahawks... it's about giving Matt Hasselbeck and Lofa Tatupu their proper goodbyes.

Mr. Hasselbeck... Thank you for keeping the Seahawks in the playoff picture for the better part of your ten year tenure. I wish you the best of luck in Tennessee.

Mr. Tatupu... Thank you for being the great defensive leader that you are. You were one of my favorite Seahawks and I wish you the best of luck wherever you end up. You'd be an asset to any team in search of a talented middle linebacker.

Alright... your turn.

Which team will win the NFC West this season?

And just for kicks...

How many wins will Pete Carroll and the Hawks have at the end of the season?

I'm going out on a limb and will take Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals. After watching Bradford last season, I believe he's the real deal... and will become a solid NFL quarterback. However... I'm one of those guys who believes in sophomore slumps too. And until the 49ers solve their QB situation... I just can't pull the trigger on them yet.

As for the Hawks... I think they'll go 4-12 and take fourth place in the NFC West. Hopefully... I'm wrong... and they surprise me.

Well that's it... have a great week everyone... and Sayonara to Hasselbeck, Tatupu, and until my next post... all of you!


  1. I honestly think the Hawks will win the division at 9-7 this year. Everything is looking promising so far.
    I think the way they ushered out the two faces of the franchise was a bit awkward. You let Tatupu go over a difference of less than 2 million. I hope Matt helps Jake Locker tear it up in Tennessee.

  2. Rams will win the divison,
    Hawks will go 7-9

    St Louis, Cardinals & Hawks will all finish within 2 games!

    btw there's a baseball team in there somewhere!

  3. Don't really follow football, just hoping to see the Eagles come in dead last...

  4. Mariner1 - I hope you're right... and although I'm not a Titans fan, I wish Matt much success.

    Martyn - LOL... I'm sure a lot of SF fans would agree with you.

    dawgbones - really? I would have thought you were an Eagles fan.

  5. This is a tough one. You guys picked up Sydney Rice and Zach Miller. That indicates to me that something is a brewing. Not sure they are going to leave it in the hands of Whitehurst after getting those two. Could Denver totally blow it and release Tebow?

    I think the Rams have a shot with Walker and Norwood coming on board, but if the Seahawks pick up a playmaker QB they are in position to do some damage.

    Rams take the division. Seahawks win 7.

  6. markz - definitely could happen... can you imagine if we had a division winner with a 7-9 record... again. i can already hear the discussions on espn.

    baseball nut - i was stoked to get miller... watched him for years in oakland where he was always their qb's go-to-guy.

    not sure if i'd want tebow either... i think i'd rather have them trade for orton... but that's not going to happen.