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


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