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Morning links: Columnist says give Charlie a chance

Former Seattle P-I columnist Jim Moore, now a radio how on ESPN 710 Seattle, believes Charlie Whitehurst got a raw deal when Pete Carroll named Tarvaris Jackson the starter at the opening of training camp.

Moore would like to see Carroll live up to his credo of “always compete” And re-open the quarterback competition in training camp.

“Clearly the Seahawks don’t feel like Whitehurst is going to cut it long-term. They believe that if a QB on their roster is going to turn into an above-average player or maybe even a star, Jackson has a better chance of that happening than Whitehurst. If it doesn’t work out, they can find their next franchise QB in the draft.

“Here’s what I’d like to see – a full-blown quarterback controversy. I want to see how Carroll reacts if Jackson struggles in the preseason and Whitehurst plays lights out. What will Carroll say then? Will he continue to stick with Jackson? Or if he goes with Whitehurst, what kind of mumbo-jumbo will he use as an explanation for changing QBs?

“Truth of the matter, I’m pulling for Whitehurst. I think he deserves a chance and believe that he still has a shot to be the starter when the Seahawks open the regular season in San Francisco.”

My story today is on Eastern Washington cornerback Jesse Hoffman, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Shorecrest High of Seattle, trying to make the roster on his hometown team. The former running back is seeking to become an NFL rarity – a white cornerback

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes about Brandon Mebane’s switch back to nose tackle.

Carroll tells Brock Huard, Mike Salk and former NFL player Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back Lofa Tatupu in this audio link.

Rick Rielly of still believes Carson Palmer is the best option for the Seahawks.

Former NFL player Matt Bowen of the National Football Post voices his displeasure over the new kickoff rule.

Clare Farnsworth of provides the latest profile on cornerback Brandon Browner.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Seahawks at No. 30 in his first NFL power rankings of the year. Interesting, I would think that’s a bit low.