Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice today, working with the first unit and seemed to have no problem making all of the throws with a sore shoulder.
Hasselbeck said his shoulder feels fine, and he actually would like less of the focus on him playing with injuries because other teammates are doing the same.
After practice, Hasselbeck talked about the importance of the Tuesday meetings with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, and how they’ve helped improve his efficiency running the new offense.
“It’s been really good in terms of me learning him and him learning me,” Hasselbeck said. “I feel like I’ve got a really good sense of what he wants on plays, and he’s the play caller. Ultimately that’s my job. My job is not to do what I want to do out there. My job is to do what the play caller wants done, and to kind of be him on the field for the other 10 guys.”
Hasselbeck went to say he’s asking less questions in those meetings as he masters the offense, and that he’s benefited from learning Knapp’s play-action game and protection scheme.
Hasselbeck also said he had some initial misgivings early on about the significant change in offensive scheme.
On tight end John Carlson’s lack of catches recently, Hasselbeck joked that part of the issue may be that Carlson is too much of a team guy and not demanding the ball enough, like some of his other teammates (think T.J. Houshmandzadeh here).
“He’s just too nice maybe,” Hasselbeck joked. “Can you be too much of a team player? I think that’s where it falls. He just whatever you ask him to do, full speed, 100 percent. His dad was a coach and he’s very respectful. And everything is ‘Yes, sir.’ And he does it hard.
“But I want him to succeed more than anybody. I want him to have a great year. But he’s having a great year. He’s just not catching a lot of balls.”
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said that even though the Texans like to throw the ball, it will be important for his defense to stop the run first before shifting the focus to the passing game.
Bradley said stopping Houston from running is important because Texans’ quarterback Matt Shaub throw a lot from play action, and has the highest quarterback rating in play passes in the league.
“A lot of their scheme is built around the run, and then play pass off of it,” Bradley said. “And when you watch film, he’ll sit back there and he has a lot of time. And that’s one of the big things for us. We’ve either got to get four-man pressure or bring that extra rusher.”
Listen to Bradley talk about the Texans here.
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For Seattle, LB D.D. Lewis (knee) was a limited participant in practice.
Hasselbeck (shoulder), C Chris Spencer (thumb) and DE Cory Redding (concussion) were all full participants.
For Houston, DE Tim Bulman (hamstring) did not practice.
T Duane Brown (knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot) and DE Mario Williams (groin) were limited participants.
And CB Grover Quin (head) and QB Matt Schaub (shoulder) were full participants in practice.