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Carroll on ESPN 710 Seattle: Hasselbeck still No. 1 QB

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made his regular Monday morning appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle this morning, speaking with Brock Huard and Mike Salk.

And of course, he was asked if he had made a decision on a starting quarterback for team's game on Sunday at Tampa Bay. Carroll had said after Sunday's game that he wanted to watch the film before choosing between Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst moving forward.

Apparently Carroll had seen enough to continue with Hasselbeck as the starter against Tampa Bay this week.

“Right now today we’re going back and Matt’s taking the snaps,” Carrolll said. “He’s the No. 1 quarterback. And we’ll figure the rest of it out during this couple days that we have."

Carroll said the decision is based on the Seahawks still having a shot to make the playoffs with two games left, and his feeling that Hasselbeck still gives this team the best chance to win.

“Matt has been around; he’s been through it all," he said. "I think in this situation he has the background to give us all the thought that he has the best chance to lead us to a win in this game. And that’s what’s going on in my mind.”

Carroll went on to say the main issue with Hasselbeck is that he presses and tries to do too much when the Seahawks get behind, and they have to continue to stress to him that he makes sure to play within the system.