Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:49
New Orleans Saints Payton Preparing For Seattle Seahawks' Hasselbeck, Whitehurst
Written by 

Ed Staton, Louisiana PoliticsSummary: New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton says preparing for both Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst is not a problem as the New Orleans Saints readies for their NFC wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"It could be worse," said New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. "We knew that if we were the fifth seed in the playoffs that we'd be playing on Saturday afternoon. So we'll go there, set up shop, get two good nights of sleep in the hotel and have a walkthrough on the field."

'Hawks quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are splitting snaps in practice this week and Seattle coach Pete Carroll hasn't announced his starting quarterback yet. Hasselbeck has a bad hip and Whitehurst quarterbacked the 'Hawks to the win over the Rams.

Payton said preparing for two quarterbacks is not a problem.

"It's a little bit more challenging when you're preparing for two complete different style quarterbacks," said Payton, a former college and Bears quarterback (strike season).

"Charlie Whitehurst did a good job within their scheme Sunday night in third down and managing the game, but he came up with some big plays. They threw on first down efficiently and very well. The scheme doesn't change a lot, whereas with some teams when you play the second quarterback, it's a whole different ball of wax."

Hasselbeck threw for a lot of yards in their first meeting.

"Matt's an accurate passer and the ball comes out very quickly," said New Orleans Saints coach Payton. "They did a good job in their third-down packages. They go up to the line of scrimmage with some quick counts and he was very decisive. He knew where he wanted to go with the ball. He plays with very good tempo. His tempo and accuracy are things that you're reminded of."

The New Orleans Saints defense ranked fourth in the NFL this season while the offense was sixth. The 'Hawks were No, 26 on offense and No. 27 on defense.

Drew Brees has found a receiver he has good chemistry with -- Reggie Bush. In the last four games Drew Brees has thrown 19 passes to Reggie Bush. Nineteen completions.


Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.


Read More



Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1