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Thursday practice report: Hasselbeck returns

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm with 25 Comments »
December 17, 2009 3:02 pm

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.

Notes from practice
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  1. variable575 says:

    Great article by Dave boling on the importance of Hass!!

    When it’s headhunting time it is important to know when to stop. Instead of undermining Mathew with this years upcoming draft, we should do everything to build an NFL caliber fortification around him!!!! in any particular order with our 1,2,3 picks—OL OL RB.

  2. variable575 says:

    Sorry BobbyK………….no Suh.

  3. variable575 says:

    Is it fair to speculate to Suh’s NFL impact by looking at BJ Raji? If they were coming out in this years draft would there even be a debate between who to choose?

    I ask because Suh’s physique didn’t jump out at me as a Albert haynesworth type.

    Let the punches fly………………….

  4. Dukeshire says:

    “We’ve either got to get four-man pressure or bring that extra rusher.” Well, let’s hope so. We’ve heard this from Mora before, lets hope Bradley’s word carries a bit more weight.

    From the bit I’ve seen of Williams they move him around. Both Lock and Willis are going to have their hands full. And they are going to have to know where Cushing is at all times, whether it’s Carlson releasing on an interior guy like Unger, they have to account for him. He’s a tackling machine.

  5. There’s a way to get Suh and build Matt a dominant offensive line. If the FO is serious about cutting dead weight and adding quality players, it can be done. I doubt it will get done because “experts” don’t always dream big (which is a loser’s mentality, and makes me wonder how in the hell they got their important jobs in the first place). If we can sign McNeill and Evans (with LARGE signing bonuses – think Paul Allen) and possibly a guard like Mankins… I’m not sure why we need to draft an OL with one of our top 3 picks. With that being said, Suh could be gotten AND Matt would have a wall to make him perform at a Pro Bowl level again.

  6. Earlier: Stevos said:
    December 10, 2009 at 8:15 am
    “I have to get drafted by Cleveland, Tampa, or St. Louis next year? Please, can I just stay at Nebraska?” about the Suh pic… ;-) (good one Stevo)
    Been awhile, I believe, where someone REALLY(publicly) didn’t want to play for the team that drafted them … anyone got any facts on this????

  7. princeaden says:

    BobbyK, That is absolutely a Brilliant senario!!!!!!!!!

  8. princeaden says:

    Throw in a Spiller, a Safety of your choice and perhaps a QB of the future and BLAM, hello NFC Championship.

  9. As I’ve said before, I don’t have a problem trading both of our #1s to the team with the #1 overall pick for that pick and their 3rd rounder. That would leave us Suh, a high pick in the 2nd, the first pick in the 3rd, and another early pick in the 4th.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    IBGoofy – You mean like when Eli Manning said he would not play for the Chargers, that sort of thing?

  11. I think that’s what he means. Like Elway and the Colts too (going way back in the day). I know Barry Sanders wasn’t too excited about going to Green Bay (although after being a Lion couldn’t have been any better).

  12. Duke…. Yes… I just can’t imagine wanting to play for Tampa or St Louis right now…. I don’t know much about the Cleveland situation…….

  13. BobbyK’s up in that area… (Cleveland)… Insight???

  14. freedom_X says:

    The enormous risk of handing out huge signing bonuses is, if that player gets hurt (or underachieves) your franchise is dead. Unless the salary cap is removed permanently, you can end up being the Redskins. They’re the poster child for trying to fill most of their needs through free agency.

  15. Free Agency for us has a couple of other concerns…. Players want to win…. Have choices in that regard… We’ve had two poor season’s… not good… We have a very questionable head coach…. not good…. We have very questionable supporting coaches …. not good…. Our last big FA, Housh, isn’t getting the ‘shine’ anyone expected… not good… we have a GM change in the mix… not good IF: it’s the wrong replacement….
    Our negotiation position in Free agency may not be very, very attractive…

  16. Cleveland is over 12 hours away from me. But I do know the talent level on that team isn’t very good (even if they are winning 13-3 over the Steelers at the half).

    I understand the signing bonus thing, but it’s worth it IMO.

    And I don’t believe in building a team through FA. But I do believe in building the OL in it. The rest of the team should be built through the draft (properly).

  17. Dukeshire says:

    In reality, if the ‘Hawks were to sign just one “high profile” o lineman (Evans, McNeill or Gaither) I would be incredibly excited. Whether that player is a guard or tackle is almost irrelevant. At that point, heading into the draft they would have a clear direction. And of their own free agents I presume it will be Sims that is brought back. So example: Evans is signed from NO, you’d be heading into the draft with Lock, Sims, Unger, Evans and Rookie. Let’s say it’s Gaither they sign. You enter the draft with Gaither, Sims, Unger, Rookie, Lock. Both of these situations are very manageable while improving the line and getting younger. (These are just two possibilities of the many) But doing something like this still allows the Seahawks to spend their other 2 picks in the first 2 rounds on either DT, RB, S. Thoughts?

  18. variable575 says:

    I like it Duke.

    I was thinking what a huge impact a franchise safety can have on a team–Troy with pitts and Bob with indy–As bad as we are in the secondary maybe it would be worth it to ensure an Eric Berry acquisition. I would be jacked over that snag. If that happened we would definitely need to get an FA OL. Whatever the combo i’d say we need to pick up a RB with one of the first three picks–maybe 4th depending on where we land in the draft order.

  19. I wish I knew more about some of the S prospects coming out.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    On that side of the ball, I totally agree. They have to get better play from their safeties, especially SS. I too like Berry a lot but would also be very happy if they were to land someone like Nate Allen or my personal favorite, Myron Rolle. I’m not as big a fan of Taylor Mays as some, however. To me, he either delivers a big hit or is totally absent from the play and unfortunately, that seems to be the case more often than not.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – As much as you like o linemen, I love safeties. Not sure why I’ve always been drawn to that position. I don’t know if it was Kenny Easley or ’cause I played there in high school or what. It’s such a fun position and really undervalued, I think.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Look at the ferocity of these tackles. Who on the current roster hits like this?

  23. princeaden says:

    As far as Safeties go, yes they are very important. Especially SS. And although John Harris is one of my alltime favorite Hawks, Kenny Easley was better. The SS helps greatly at the LOS and makes momentum changing plays in the secondary. But, as far as the regular gring of a football game, nothing is more dominant and will breaking as a OL that can line up and know they are going to run the ball down the opposing teams throat and there’s nothing that’s going to stop them. Everything else works better off of that. As for the first 3 picks, we need a combo of OL, DL, RB or Safety in that order. Also, FA must bring one top level O Lineman. If we can throw in a good OC that would do MY heart good as well………….. And once again, this is just my unsolicited opinion.

  24. I loved #45.

  25. The Hawks will not be able to get Evans, McNeill, Mankins or Gaither. All will be restricted free agents under the current CBA and their teams are likely to tender them at the 1st & 3rd levels. The Seahawks don’t even have a third. If they did, and if they were willing to spend the two picks on a stud tackle, there are injury concerns surrounding McNeill. If the Chargers let him go, that’s a sign he shouldn’t be signed.

    As for trading up in the draft with the two first-round picks, that would be the dumbest thing the Hawks could do. They have a chance to net three or four very good players who can help immediately. Why would they saddle themselves with one guy who would cost a fortune and, if he failed, set the franchise back two or three years?

    No, the O-line is the priority. And it will have to be built through the draft. Suh is a pipe dream that will not happen.

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