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Matt Hasselbeck misses another day of practice

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm with 13 Comments »
October 9, 2008 4:01 pm

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, who has a hyperextended knee, missed his second straight day of practice. He came out on the field later in the practice — which Seneca Wallace has not done — but he still has a slight limp. No word on his availability for Sunday but he told Green Bay reporters on Wednesday that he will play. Of course, he also told them he would practice today, and that he wanted to go yesterday but the staff held him out. The one thing that is a bit troubling is that he still does not have a rhythm with his receivers, and especially Koren Robinson, and this week would have been nice to get that chemistry. Offensive coordinator Gil Haskell said that, yes, Hasselbeck is a veteran, but you are never too good or too experienced to miss a practice. Every little bit helps.

Justin Forsett was back in the locker room, and seemed pretty happy to be there. He said he was released by Indy because they had injuries on defense and they needed his spot to solidify the secondary. He said Buffalo and Philadelphia both called his agent to express an interest, but he felt more comfortable in Seattle, he knew the players, he knew the system, and he felt like he had a future. He said the hard part about this is he had gotten a place in Indianapolis, and now he has to get out of the lease, move the furniture and do the moving thing for the third time since summer.

Defensive backs coach Jim Mora acknowledged that some of the d backs are trying to do too much. It is easy to tell them, he said, to take on only their responsibility, but it is quite another to be in the middle of a game, see Brandon Jacobs running like crazy and not give in to the urge to come forward to help out the front seven. That is what happened on that 41-yard pass to Domenik Hixon on Sunday; the Giants ran a play-fake, both Josh Wilson and Brian Russell bit on it because they were trying to help out their teammates, and next thing they know, Hixon is blasting by them. Mora’s message this week has been to be concerned with your responsibility primarily and the game will take care of itself.

I also asked Mora about UW defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who was on Mora’s staff in Atlanta. He said he has not had a great deal of time to speak with Donatell about what is going on over at the UW, and he has only been to one game, not enough to formulate an educated opinion on what is happening with the Huskies. He said they exchange text messages and have superficial conversations, but nothing in depth.

Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said he is working with punter Jon Ryan on his accuracy, the lack of which is why Ryan was released from Green Bay in September. He said it seems easier said than done, though, and it is the thing most young punters are working on. Both DeHaven and Ryan said he was better in the second half against New York because he simply relaxed.

Newly signed Travis Lulay ran the scout team since Hasselbeck and Seneca both were sidelined. He threw a number of interceptions, one to Lofa Tatupu and another to Marcus Trufant.

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  1. nighthawk2 says:

    So what’s the problem with Seneca Wallace? Still the hamstring he pulled with stretching?

    Maybe we’ll luck out and Mora will take that UW job afterall.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Or, Ed Donatell will take over the D when Mora takes control. Lol.

  3. nighthawk2 says:

    Oh god!!! Where’s my industrial strength aspirin?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    It’s in the bottle of Jager.

  5. seahawkbryce says:

    I’m going through an awfull lot of jager myself the way this season has gone so far.

  6. NickLicatasucks says:

    Can someone let Russell and Wilson know that if they keep this stuff up they’ll be sharing a loft with Michael Boulware! You guys are part of the solution not the problem! Do not bite on fakes dammit!

    Russell should know better by now.

  7. Maybe Russell was just scared that if he didn’t come up and help on Jacobs that he would have to try tacking that large man after he had a full head of steam. If he is scared of that, maybe he should quit playing football.

  8. I think there is a very realistic chance that Hasselbeck misses this game. Let’s go Charlie!

  9. madpunter88 says:

    I hope Forsett sticks for a while in Seattle. He is a practice squad player at this point and that is fine. But I sympathize with the guy and hope he can get some stability long enough to find a place to live and stick for while. He has long term potential. But the hype from people like us in the preseason fueled some unnecessary speculation about his immediate impact. Holmgren was right; he is not ready right now. But he could be and I hope it works out. I am happy he is back with the Seahawks and all those who blasted Ruskell for releasing him should see now that preseason is just, well preseason. After all, if you watched our preseason games you would think the Seahawks were Super Bowl bound.

    I have a newfound respect for how meaningless preseason games are when I think about how the Seahawks absolutely pummeled the Bears in that game. Turns out they are apparently a better team. If you had told me ten minutes after that game that the Bears would be 3-2 and leading their division at a point when the Seahawks were 1-3 I would have laughed in your face.

    Lesson learned is that what you do in the preseason means nothing. Forsett has potential…but it is a long way out there.

  10. SharkHawk says:

    Somebody is a real drama queen.

  11. seahawkbryce says:

    Hass and Seneca both have not practiced this week. Hass is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. We may find out real quick how well Charlie Frye has picked up Holmgren’s offense. Normally this would be a very scary thought but we have no passing game anyway so I almost welcome the possibility of a QB change.

  12. IDHawkman says:

    Well for God’s sake I hope they give Frye his favorite receivers from the preseason. Wasn’t it Kent and Bumpus?

  13. nighthawk2 says:

    Aren’t pre-season games supposed to be for seeing who can play well and pick up the offense/defense schemes in a game situation? If Forsett impressed the coaches on that level enough that he made the 53 man roster in September, what’s changed? Oh yeah, they need a roster spot for the new receivers and they just can’t cut that future Hall of Famer Coutu.

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