Well, after Tuesday’s comments by receivers Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Nate Burleson’s weekly radio show on KJR-AM, you can imagine there was going to be some sort of meeting between Houshmandzadeh and former NFL player and KJR analyst Hugh Millen after the two had words over the airwaves on Tuesday.
That conversation took play after practice, with Millen showing up to continue the conversation that began with the two players arguing over the details of 2-man coverage.
Millen later defended himself during the Seahawks roundtable Wednesday morning, more clearly stated his position on the issue, including an admission that perhaps he wasn’t has harsh in his comments on quarterback Matt Hasselbeck as he should have been.
They had an animated, but civil conversation for about an half hour before Houshmandzadeh finally made his way to the locker room.
So what did they talk about?
“We were just talking about certain plays in the game,” Houshmandzadeh said. “And I saw his point, and told him my point, period. I don’t dislike him because I don’t know him to dislike him. But he told me what he saw with his points and I told him why I did what I did.”
Houshmandzadeh said he felt compelled to address the issue because some of his teammates asked him to get their back after they became aware of Millen’s comments about the team.
“Green bay is not 48-10 better than us, not player wise,” Houshmandzadeh said. “The Miami Dolphins were 1-15 and the next year they went to playoffs. What changed?
”I’m just saying you don’t criticize and say they have better players,” Housh went on. “Do we need better players? Obviously. But are they 48 to 10 better than us? Did they revamp their whole roster? And that’s my point. Y’all can fill in the blanks.”
Well, they did change their entire coaching staff T.J. So are you saying the same thing needs to happen here?
“No, I love Jim,” Houshmandzadeh said. “Jim Mora and Hasselbeck, they are the reason I cam here, period. My thing is when you lose there’s going to be questions, and there’s going to be things that go on.
“And I can handle it. You can say whatever you want to say about me. I can take it. If I disagree with it, I’m just going to let it be known that I disagree with it. But that’s why were professional athletes, and that’s why we get paid the way we do.”
Asked about what’s going to with the offense, Houshmandzadeh was tight-lipped – to a point.
“We’re just not moving the ball,” Houshmandzadeh said “That’s what it boils down to. And if you are moving it, you’re making a mistake. I mean that’s all offense is. You make a mistake, or you’re not moving the ball, period. And you can point the finger at me, and I can’t take it.
“I don’t know what it is. I do, but I’m not going to say what I feel about that situation. I don’t think it’s right.”
Listen to part of the conversation with Houshmandzadeh here.
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Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp also talked today about the struggles offensively.
“A lot of it too is just growth with each other — what do certain guys do well,” Knapp said. “A lot of times it doesn’t occur until games, when you find out what plays are good with certain players.
”The more reps we get at it, the closer we’ll get to getting more consistent.”
Asked if he was surprised by Houshmandzadeh’s comments about trust issues with the offense, Knapp had this to say.
”No,” he said. “It’s just part of the deal.”