Meet Charlie Whitehurst

Mar 18, 2010, 6:49 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:55 pm

I’m pretty sure you didn’t know much about him before Charlie Whitehurst got to town, but now that he’s here, I’m going to fill you in.

Charlie was in Seattle a mere six hours by the time I caught up with him – but he was already digging the Seattle vibe. Now it’s your chance to get acquainted with Whitehurst:

On Coming To Seattle: “Well, the sun’s out today and it’s a beautiful place to be, and I just couldn’t be more excited about being with thisWhitehurstCharlieSeahawks organization – I think they’re headed in the direction you want to go, and that’s up.”

His Reaction When His Agent Called Him: “Two weeks ago, you don’t really know what’s going to happen. It was a very exciting two weeks, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Would He Like to see Brandon Marshall in Seattle? “You know, I think that’d be nice – I think he’s a great player. We’ll see what happens there.”

On Fan Skepticism: I can understand that – what I’d say that I think I’m ready to go. I’ve learned a lot in four years, being behind Philip and being in Norv Turner’s offense, and I’m ready to go – and it’s up to me to prove it.”

Norv Turner’s System vs. Bates’: “Coming from Norv, and even Cam Cameron my first year, they teach you football. They teach you how to lead the team, how to throw the football…all the different concepts to basically advance the football down the field. The two offenses are a little different…I don’t know if they necessarily translate directly, but I think I proved in Norv’s system that I can play, make the throws, move around, lead the team – and I think that’s what every coordinator and head coach is looking for in every team.”

Scouting Himself: “I think I have good size, a good arm, the good CarrollWhitehursthead. I’ve been around football my whole life, my father played for the Packers. I know I haven’t played a lot, but I think I could do it physically, mentally and from a leadership standpoint. It’s all about putting it together and getting an opportunity which I’ve been given, and taking advantage of it, which I plan to do.”

Competing With Hasselbeck: I’m going to come in here and compete, that’s been Coach Carroll’s message. Obviously, it goes without saying, Matt is a great quarterback, everybody knows that. But, yeah, I want to come in, I want to compete – he’s the starting quarterback, but I hope to make him better, as he’ll make me better, I’m sure.”

What He Does For Fun: I love the outdoors, and I’ve come to the right place. I grew up hunting, fishing, all that…I got a thing for old cars, and I enjoy the water. Couldn’t be a better place to be.”

What’s In His Garage: “I’m kind of a Ford guy…I’ve got an old Ford whitehurst bwodenMustang.”

If you want to know more about him, you can check out our conversation with the last man to coach him as a starting quarterback, Tommy Bowden, former Clemson HC who joined us today as well.

After getting to know him a bit, what are your thoughts on the latest addition at QB? Leave ’em below!

Also – don’t miss our live broadcast from Jillian’s on Lake Union tomorrow!

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