Seahawks Coach Carroll Says He Wants Matt Hasselbeck Back as Starting QB in 2011

Pete Carroll knows the teams #1 priority this offseason, and it starts and ends with getting back their starting QB – Matt Hasselbeck.

“It’s the top priority in the program. You have to deal with this or you don’t understand the game and I think we understand it really well,” Carroll said. “That’s why the very first meeting after our team meeting was (general manager) John (Schneider) and I and Matt. I guess you gauge what you think of that in terms of sense of urgency. We couldn’t have done it more quickly.”

Last season in 14 games Hasselbeck threw for 3001 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He did have a great game in the playoffs against the defending champion Saints, throwing for four touchdowns and 272 yards.

Hasselbeck is free to do as he pleases, as he is an unrestricted free agent. It remains to be seen if he is interested in coming back for an 11th season with the Seahawks and build on their division title.

“We have a good starting point. I love what Matt has brought to this program, well before I got here, what he did this year and what he did for me to help in getting this program started. And I’m not forgetting about any of that,” Carroll said. “We’ll deal with it hopefully with all of the due respect and regard and come up with a really good plan.”

That plan starts with making sure the team has their starting QB back and happy with a new deal.

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