The Facts: Although ESPN's John Clayton believes Whitehurst is wasting a chance to assume a leadership role with the Seahawks, Whitehurst is planning on being the Seahawks starting QB this year.
Diehards Line:Whitehurst's optimism is understandable considering he's currently under contract and incumbent starter Matt Hasselbeck is not. But even the former Charger, who completed 57.6 percent of his passes last season and was 1-1 as a starter as last season, realizes he'll have some competition. Whitehurst told Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, "I know I'm the only QB that's on the roster right now, and I'm sure that will change eventually when we get it figured. I look at it like I'm going to get the chance to be the starter, and I think I can do it. That's what I plan to do. Whenever we figure it out, I'll compete as hard as I can to make that happen. ..." We'll see. As Clayton recently pointed out, "Part of the knock on him is that you know he's got talent, but does he have that desire to take over things? Does he have that leadership ability?" Legitimate questions all.