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Morning links: Whitehurst thrown into the fire

With Charlie Whitehurst making his first career start behind a makeshift offensive line, Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders how he’ll hold up against one of the best defensive fronts in the game in facing the New York Giants at Qwest Field on Sunday.Boling:

Carroll said the game plan had been built this week with the possibility that Whitehurst would be the man, so nothing has changed much in that regard.

Whitehurst has not started a regular-season NFL game, but the Seahawks invested heavily to get him from San Diego and this is a chance to see what he has. Although, it is not exactly the softest landing place for Whitehurst.

Whitehurst said all the things we would expect; about this being an opportunity, and you always prepare for such things. When somebody reminded him of the abuse the Giants have dealt opposing quarterbacks this season, Whitehurst looked as if somebody had cursed him with the Sicilian Evil Eye. Yeah, he said, he’s seen what they’ve done ... and thanks so much for bringing it up.

“Charlie moves well,” Carroll said. “Maybe he’ll use his legs more than Matt.”

Yeah, that’s what you do when big, angry people are chasing you.

Since 2006, the Seahawks are 5-10 without Matt Hasselbeck as the starting quarterback. Also, defensive end Red Bryant had successful surgery to fix a torn MCL in his right knee on Thursday. The surgery was performed by team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam at Seattle Surgery Center. Bryant will be on crutches for six weeks and will begin his rehab today.

Jordan Babineaux steps in to interview WR Brandon Stokley in this video clip.

Dave Boling, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times join KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen in the weekly Seahawks roundtable in this audio link.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Grosby and former Hawks Dave Wyman and Ray Roberts talk to Charlie Whitehurst and other players in The Huddle.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says Sunday is a big game for Whitehurst, and expects the Giants to use a lot of running back combination Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs after watching the Raiders pound the ball on the ground against Seattle last week.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post writes the Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

According to Hank Gola of the New York Daily News the Giants have done their homework on Charlie Whitehurst.

Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger writes that Giants having success on first down is critical to their success at Qwest Field on Sunday.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York says the Giants still need to solve their turnover woes.