Commentary, THE POINT AFTER

Charlie Whitehurst, worst game ever?

The Seahawks are giving me how much? hahah...nice.

I’m not usually a post game wrap up guy, but talk of this game being historically bad is kind of melodramatic. Was it ugly? yes. Did the offensive performance feel more like a 1st pre season game? Yes. But when most fans say the game was ugly it’s a perspective thing. I for one thought our defense played beautifully considering they were on the field 40+ minutes. (One has to wonder how awkward the flight home was for offensive and defensive players who had to sit together..but I digress).

I was curious, so while I was up with my 3 month old daughter in the middle of the night,  I took a look back at our history to see if this was in fact, the worst game in Seahawks history. Or for the less melodramatic at least, the worse QB performance. What I found, not only chilled me to the bone, but it also left me in the fetal position, rocking back and forth mumbling incoherently for hours.. buckle up folks, Here’s just a few notably bad QB games, of about 30 I found.

Let’s start with a baseline for this research:

QB Charlie Whitehurst: 12-30, 97 yards and 1 interception in 6-3 loss to Browns

Now let’s take a look at some “historic” Seahawk QB performances to see how clipboard Jesus stacks up.

1977 Jim Zorn: 7-20 for 46 yards and 2 picks in a 44-7 beatdown to Oakland.

1977, Steve Myer: 5-23, 73 yards, and 4 picks in 31-0 loss to Patriots

1979, Jim Zorn: 2-17, 25 Yards in 24-0 Loss to Rams

Okay, too far back? Let’s fast forward a bit.

2004, Matt Hasselbeck 14-41, 187 Yards, 4 picks in 25-17 loss to Cardinals

2008, Senaca Wallace 12-23 71 yards, 1 pick in 20-10 loss to Bucs

2009, Matt Hasselbeck 10-29, 112 yards, 1 pick in 27-3 loss to Cardinals

2010, Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Hasselbeck combined 14-22, 84 yds in 38-15 loss to Bucs

It’s fairly obvious, that statistically speaking, we’ve had much worse QB play. But in retrospect, this Brown’s game wasn’t all Charlie. I’ll distribute blame using the state of the art Match Ups Zone “Blame Chart”.

Official Blame Chart, except no substitutes

It’s clear (because fancy charts like this are never wrong) that this wasn’t all Charlie Whitehurst. It just seemed that way. Our offense regressed big time, and because of that I can’t help but throw offensive coordinator Darell Bevell into the blame mix. The Browns ran the ball 44 times. Us? 15. Putting a well-known sub par QB in that position is a really bad idea.

But fear not Seahawks fans here’s the good news: All the Charlie Chanters can go away, and the next game is at home!

Bad News: The Josh Portis chanters are warming up.

Lord help us…..

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Football fanatic, former coach, and obsessive blogger. Proud member of the Seahawks 12thManNation. Follow him on twitter @12thManScribe

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Charlie Whitehurst, worst game ever?

  1. LMAO I wasn’t sure if we could ever come close to the 2008, Senaca Wallace 12-23 71 yards game. That was horrible too! All in all, this was a great read bud. Great! We’ve got some post game reaction up too check it out. http://www.nwsportsbeat.com/seahawks/

    Posted by Northwest SportsBeat (@NWSportsbeat) | October 24, 2011, 1:59 pm
  2. Nice work on the pie chart! I’d actually take 15 percent away from Charlie and give 5 extra to Bevell, 5 percent to the refs, and 5 percent to Jim Mora Jr. (for no other reason than that he was present in the building).

    Posted by Brandan Schulze | October 24, 2011, 4:28 pm
  3. The Blame Chart……haha. That’s some funny stuff. New one to me. I’d make that 5% injuries, 5% Refs, and 10% Defense though. 3rd down defense SUCKED!!!

    Posted by Kevin Mack | October 25, 2011, 1:20 am
  4. I am still having trouble figuring out why we only had 15 runs and 30 passes. I could understand that a bit more if we were down by two touchdowns or something. Cleveland committed to the run even though Hardesty was averaging less than 3 yards per carry. Leon Washington was averaging over 5 per carry! Run more on first and second down and give an unproven QB like Whitehurst some 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 2 situations where he has a greater chance to succeed.

    Posted by Joe Sousa | October 25, 2011, 2:33 pm
  5. Seahawks wanted us to score

    Posted by price of a stamp | November 14, 2011, 9:05 pm

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