Matt Hasselbeck, despite the players getting a portion of Monday off, came in and spoke with the reporters. Here are a few highlights:
On how he feels: "I feel pretty good. Not too bad actually; a lot better than I felt last Monday."
On practicing this week: "Yeah, I would hope so. It was a physical game but my ribs definitely feel good so that’s not really that big of an issue. I think everybody’s a little sore. It was a tough game."
On the Rams blitzing throwing the team off: "No, they had a good plan but some of the stuff was just bad luck on our part. They played most of the game with three D-linemen in the game but played a four-man line scheme. Will Witherspoon is a great pass rusher. He’s having a great year. Common sense would say he’s the other defensive end. Well they used 54, (Brandon) Chillar as the defensive end most of the day but they went back and forth and made it hard to recognize. Other times they’d have three DBs playing safety-slash-linebacker situations …. We didn’t identify that very quickly, very well.”
On having to get an IV after the game: "That’s not that uncommon. IVs are good. IVs are good for you. Some guys get IVs before the game. Some guys have to get them at halftime; dome stadiums, warm games. IVs, that’s just fluid, hydration. It’s healthy. I think I was just a little exhausted. I had reverse peristalsis – I think it’s called, a little vomiting.”
On losing D.J. Hackett: "That’s a real disappointing loss right there because Hack’s (D.J. Hackett) had a great season. I think each game he gains more experience. He’s playing a lot better. Really, he was having a great year. Just like we’ve said all year, if somebody goes down somebody else has to step up and play well and I think there is an opportunity there for some guys to get some playing time. Obviously Nate (Burleson) gets back involved in our offense a little bit more and stuff like that."
On offensive tempo: "I don’t feel like we have great tempo. That’s something that I would still like to continue to work towards; a better tempo, putting the pressure on the defense. I don’t think that we’re doing that very well but there’s a balance there. There’s a balance with really knowing our assignments and being correct and then also having good tempo. We’ll see. I felt like the play clock was down on me the whole game."
On injuries at this point in the season: "It’s just part of the game, this is football. It’s a very violent game at times, and a very physical game. Some years you spend more time in the training room then you do with your own family, it’s just how it is. How we handle that part of it is going to be important to our success."