Hasselbeck's job to lose in Seattle

Matt Hasselbeck hasn't competed for a starting job since replacing an injured Trent Dilfer during the 2002 season.

HasselbeckHasselbeckHasselbeck took over and became the long-term starter. He became a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Hasselbeck enters the 2010 season the same way Dilfer entered 2002 with Seattle. He's the starter, but newcomer Charlie Whitehurst will provide competition.

The Seahawks' new leadership has more invested in Whitehurst than Hasselbeck after trading significant draft capital for Whitehurst and calling him part of the 2010 draft class during a news conference Thursday.

Hasselbeck needs to play well and avoid injuries to keep the job, a departure from recent seasons when Seneca Wallace was the clear backup. Competition can be good for Hasselbeck. He's been around long enough to handle the challenge.