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Hasselbeck: Setting high standards

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 22, 2006 at 5:23 pm with 7 Comments »
November 22, 2006 5:23 pm

QB Matt Hasselbeck has said he thinks the Seahawks need to pick up the pace in practice and live up to established standards. Some young players might not get it yet. Audio here.

Said Hasselbeck: “We are all in the same meeting, but sometimes when you have been with a coach a long time, you understand what he is saying. I know for Mike Holmgren, playing the San Francisco 49ers means a lot to him. He expects a perfect week of practice and we didn’t have that last week. I would expect the same kind of thing this week. He respects this franchise (Packers) very much and what they represent and this is a big game for him that way and it should be just as big for all of us, like they all should, but I just think the guys that have been around understand a little better what he is talking about when he says, ‘Hey, we’re setting the standard high.’

“There is no doubt in my mind certain people get that. I do wonder if everyone is understanding that, really, and I think it is the job of the guys who have been here to let everybody know, ‘Hey, we’re not in this just to be OK. We’re in this to be great.’ The way we are practicing may or may not get it done.”

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  1. doubledink says:

    Below is a link to an article by Mike Kahn about technology in football with the Seahawks as exhibit A.

  2. matt’s comments sound a little like tactful spin control – holmgren is trying to amp up the intensity but for whatever reason it is not getting through to everyone. i certainly applaud matt for stepping up to help the team communications but it is also incumbent upon holmgren to communicate to the team in unambiguous terms what his expectations are. sounds like it aint happening yet that is an extremely important element of any sort of management, especially coaching.

  3. simonsureal says:

    Not surprising, this has been a common theme since training camp; usually in the subliminal, but you could tell Hass and Strong weren’t so sure of the team’s work ethic and chemistry as a whole.

    Maybe I’m reading into it a bit much, but it seams vaguely familiar to the things we heard before the 05 season, and before they cleaned house on D.

  4. vichawkfan says:

    Holmgren has not stated once this season that : “this group is special”….he must have said that 20 times last year. Who are the dogs that are dragging this team? New faces are JP, Burleson, Ashworth (all very unlikely)….or is JP so used to sucking in SF that his attitude isn’t what it should be?

  5. c_hawkbob says:

    Tactful spin? Sounded to me like Matt telling the young guys on the team to step up the intensity in practice.

    This is what he is supposed to do. It’s part of being a team leader… like Wistrom saying “nonsense, we deserved to get our butts chewed” after Holmgren apologized for his post game tirade.

    The team knows Holmgren’s expectations, but getting leadership on the field and in the locker room is every bit as important (or more) as leadership from the coaching staff.

    Well done Matt, nice to have you back.

  6. I don’t think there are ‘dogs’ dragging down the team. Rather, there is an absence of leaders pulling the team up. Hutch, Jurevicius, Manuel. We’re missing some leaders here.

  7. Holmgren and Ruskell both thought the defense had a chance to be special. That obviously has not happened. … They did lose key chemistry guys. It’s up to the guys who are here to provide that sort of boost, and it has not happened to the necessary degree.

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