Seahawks must protect Hasselbeck

Updated: September 19, 2003, 12:29 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The spotlight has been on the Rams quarterback controversy between Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger, but the key figure in Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks is DE Leonard Little. He's the best defensive end that you've never heard of.

While his name has escaped major national attention, only Michael Strahan and Simeon Rice have recorded more sacks than Rice's 28.5 since 2001.

Little will be matched up against Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack, and last year Womack struggled containing the lightning quick edge rusher. During the first meeting last year Little had a sack and forced a fumble.