So, it’s official. Matt Hasselbeck is gone. I’ll go ahead and write up my eulogy later this week, because to be honest I’m not sure how I feel. This whole offseason has dragged on for so long that it feels like he’s been gone for a year already.
Also, it’s official! My worst nightmare has come to life and gutted me like a fish! I’m trying to equate this to a comparable move in the past – with a player I loathed on par with Tarvaris Jackson – and I’d have to say it’s like when the Denver Broncos tried to replace John Elway with Bubby Brister. MAN did I hate Brister; so of course I thought it was hilarious that the Broncos took a flier on him because I hated the Broncos just about as much. The fact that Brister had some success (4-0 record in 1998) only made his eventual downfall that much sweeter.
Of course, if I wanted to put a local spin on it, I could equate it to when the Seahawks signed Trent Dilfer. Could. Not. STAND Trent Dilfer! To be fair, I still can’t because he’s pretty much the biggest jackass on ESPN right now; but at the time: hated the signing. The fact that he had 1 Super Bowl winning season in Baltimore did not sway my opinion of the man one bit because I already saw how much ass he sucked in Tampa for 5+ seasons.
But, I’ll reserve my official judgment on the Tarvaris Jackson signing until I see the terms. I hope we didn’t overpay for a guy just because we signed his stupid Offensive Coordinator …
In other I Don’t Have An Appropriate Adjective news, rumors are swirling and swirling that Matt Leinart is also on his way to Seattle. To paraphrase myself: I hope we didn’t overpay for a guy just because we signed his stupid head coach …
Lookee here: God, if there is a God, can you just PLEASE tell me we’re dealing with 1-year deals? Between Leinart, Jackson, and Whitehurst, I can unequivocally declare that I don’t want to see ANY of those guys beyond the 2011 season.
In somewhat brighter news, Brandon Mebane’s agent is talking to us. I’m cautiously optimistic about this; I’ve said all along we need to be signing this guy to a long-term deal. Defensive linemen only get better with experience (until they hit that wall and start being super injury-prone); I feel Mebane has a solid-to-spectacular 4 years in him at a minimum. Do the right thing, Carroll & Schneider! You’re dicking us around with these quarterbacks; the least you can do is re-sign the second most-important Seahawk free agent.
Weird day. Angry, hopeful, wistful, bemused, and a little entertained. This might be the oddest Seahawks season on record, even moreso than 2010.