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Morning links: Hasselbeck joins Titans

Post by Eric Williams on July 30, 2011 at 7:27 am with 31 Comments »
July 30, 2011 7:27 am

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had his introductory press conference in Tennessee on Friday. He took the opening couple minutes to thank the Seahawks’ organization and the fans for his first 10 seasons in Seattle, and said he looks forward to making a new start with the Titans, and says he’s there to win.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has the details here from the press conference here.

Paul Silvi of KING 5 TV also traveled to Nashville and had an interesting sit down with Hasselbeck, with the veteran quarterback discussing his departure from Seattle.

Hasselbeck said it was pretty emotional driving to Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday– he actually passed by the VMAC on the way and saw his former teammates out on the field practicing.

Hasselbeck also confirmed what we reported earlier this week – that once free agency began the Seahawks told him they were moving on.

“It’s tough when the head coach and the GM call you and they say ‘Hey, thanks for everything, but we’re no longer interested,’” Hasselbeck said. “Yeah, it’s tough. But those guys were great about it. They called me first, so I didn’t have to hear about it on the television or something like that. So that meant a lot to me. So I just wished them well, and they did the same.”

During on interview with Schneider on Friday, he said it was one of the toughest decisions he had to make. Schneider was actually part of the personnel department in Seattle when the traded for Hasselbeck with Green Bay 10 years ago.

“I was quite honestly one of four guys that helped get Matt Hasselbeck to Seattle,” Schneider said. “I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the decision we made and it was really cool to watch his career here. This isn’t one of those changing of the guard things. OK. I’m connected to Matt Hasselbeck as well.”

Schneider also had to deal with the ramifications of the deal from his son, a Hasselbeck fan.

“My little guy was crying the other day because he’s got a Matt Hasselbeck jersey and punched me and ran out of the room crying,” he said. “So I get it. I get it.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives us the run down on rookie James Carpenter’s first practice, including his showdown between Red Bryant during one-on-one pass rush drills. It includes a picture of the face off.

Steve Wyche of writes that the Seahawks were one of the movers and shakers in free agency.

ESPN’s Mike Sando provides a chart of the projected ages for every team in the league, and notes that Seattle has gotten much younger. Heading into the 2011 season, the Seahawks have the second-youngest roster in the league.

Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks will miss the veteran leadership of Lawyer Milloy.

Clare Farnsworth of provides a run down of the Seattle’s roster moves, including Schneider’s thoughts on the team’s free agent pick-ups.

Check out these pictures from Rod Mar of of Friday’s practice.

Punter Jon Ryan tells his hometown paper in Canada that he’s pleased the lockout is over and training camp is here.

San Francisco free agent pass rusher Travis LaBoy weighed offers from Seattle and San Diego, but ultimately chose the Chargers.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the new-look Seahawks don’t have much time to get up to speed.

Derek Stephens of The Blue Bird Herd believes Seattle’s acquisition of Tarvaris Jackson gives the Seahawks an advantage in the battle to repeat as NFC West champs because the rest of the teams are transitioning with a quarterback learning a new offense.

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  1. edstang45 says:

    Gonna miss Matt, he was my favorite for so many years, Tenn is getting quality both on and off the field, Locker is going to benefit the most. Hope Matt can stay healthy and have a great year. Now back to US!!! anyword on any DL FA’s on our radar?? What Coles outlook concerning Knee.. What our depth looking like on DL…any info would be great Eric

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Hasselbeck is going to have a great time in Nashville. He will have some weapons to work with, and a line to protect him.
    And for the most part the fans like him. Much more than Vince Young.

  3. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I might have punched Scheider and run out of the room crying, too…LOL!

    Seriously, I still think we should have kept Hasselbeck. For one, we’ve corrected some rather big holes (OL and WR) that he would have benefitted from. The void he leaves with his leadership and experience cannot be replaced by CW or T Jackson. Where that will really hurt is in the development of the guy we draft next April to be the future of the franchise.

  4. I would have loved to keep Hasselbeck, but it just wasn’t ment to be, he was probably my favorite Seahawks of all time, and I’ve never seen a Seahawk team heading into a season where he wasn’t the starting QB (relatively new fan compared to most of you, don’t blame me, blame Europe for not picking up on the sport sooner), I hope he’ll preforme well in Tennessee, and Jake Locker could not have gotten a better mentor than Hass in my opinion, he is a class guy through and through.

    With all of that said, I’m also excited to see what the new guys can do, with the moves made during the draft and this free agency, our offense looks really capable, and could be the best in the division, if we for once will have some luck regarding injuries, I’m far more optimistic about this season than I was when the last one ended, even more optimistic than I could’ve hoped for.

  5. Glad to see Matt move on with class, and Schneider handle it with class too.

    I’ll miss Matt, but I’m withholding judgement a little bit on the move. I think it was financially necessary, plus it may be more fun (and more successful) watching Jackson compete with CW to revive his career than it would have been to watch Matt struggle to keep his going and stay healthy. I just can’t imagine Matt being healthy for more than 10 games, so our QB situation was going to be rough. I’m not really a believer in Clipboard Charlie, but TJack is a stud athlete who still has some chance of developing into something special.

    In terms of wins-losses, losing Hass might cost us a win or two, but perhaps not. Actually, I think the biggest disruption to our W-L record this year will be the loss of Mare, who not only provided lots of 3s, but made opponents drives longer to help out our D on a consistent bases. Special team wins may be hard to come by this year.

  6. Soggybuc says:

    JacDG the only I will blame you for is being lucky enough to not have endured the entire Behring era.

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Losing Hass will cost us more than a few games. Again, we lost his leadership and experience. Sorry, but Tavaris and Charlie couldn’t combine to bring that level of leadership. And it is hard to imagine either one being as good a mentor to a rookie QB as Hasselbeck.

  8. Ewalters7354 says:

    I find it real strange that people are acting like Matt can’t be replaced.I love the guy but he’s not the answer at QB.Can’t stay healthy and has the potential to cost us games.He does has leadership skills but he’s not the only leader in the world and leadership alone won’t win games as we have grown to see the past few seasons.I believe in our FO.They have a vision and are are sticking with it.We had players last year who we counted out and they proved –us wrong.Why can’t Charlie R TJack??

  9. Charlie and TJack can’t because, well, they simply can’t do it. Whether it’s not in their DNA, or they’re too stupid to learn it, or they don’t want to.

    Charlie Whitehurst slept as a #3 on SD’s roster, and Pete Carroll just nabbed him. It’s not like a Hasselbeck -> Seattle trade where Holmgren actually had a history with him and saw what he was capable of.

    Tarvaris Jackson had the keys to the car, and he wrecked it continually. This time, he won’t have AP and the Williams Wall to help him buff the scratches out.

  10. I find it a little odd that people think Matt would have mentored the next QB we draft. We hired a QB coach to do that job. He’s a competitor, he’s not going to simply help some kid learn to take his job. He didn’t help Charlie last year, he beat him. Charlie’s chance now comes with Matt out of the way.

    Think of it this way: we traded 3 years of Matt trying to stay healthy for 5 years of Sidney Rice entering his prime.

  11. The Panthers just released PK John Kasey!

  12. Ewalters7354 says:

    I remember at one time people thought Matt couldn’t catch on or lead either.He was conceded and got benched time after time.Was everyone still saying he was the answer?Somebody give me an honest answer…

  13. SeahawkFan12 says:

    “Think of it this way: we traded 3 years of Matt trying to stay healthy for 5 years of Sidney Rice entering his prime.”

    The two are completely unrelated. We have plenty of cap space for both. I get what you’re saying Stevos about the QB coach and completely agree. My point is that QBs spend a lot of time together, and don’t just compete with one another. Matt had mentioned quite a few times his willingness to teach and mentor the “new kid”. And I really doubt Charlie and Tavaris have the chops to do that. Just my opinion.

  14. seatowntp says:

    I would not be surprised if a veteran QB was cut by another team and picked up by Seattle just prior to the beginning of the season.

  15. Cry me a river Matt. You could have stayed but you wanted a paycheck. You got it and good luck and thanks. Just business, right?

  16. woofu shut up fool.

    He actually signed up for very close to what they offered him in Seattle, he wanted to end is career as a seahawk, but he wanted security instead of the year-to-year contract nonsense he’s been offered. I would have been OK with a 2 year contract for 16 million with 13 guaranteed, which is a year less than he signed for in Tennessee. I’m sure he’d have signed that had it come up.

    Also, Carroll named Tarvaris Jackson the starting QB. What ever happened to ComPETE?

  17. Soggybuc says:

    Pete may have penciled Jackson as the starter right now because you have to set a line up of sorts. if we learned anything about this staff last year it was to not think anything was set in stone.

  18. Denver has to pay Kyle Orton a $1.8 Million roster bonus friday or release him.

    If he is still there thursday Schneider can get him for a 7TH RD pick.

    Then we can comPETE!

  19. Hasselbeck is really lucky to get out of here when he did the lasting image of him will be a winner, had he stayed to long it would of been an image of an aging QB it would of been impossible to duplicate the N.O. game a classic. We will see his number in the Ring of Honor right beside Walter Jones.

  20. SeahawkFan12 says:

    woofu get your facts straight, dude. Click the Paul Silvi link above and watch the video, then tell me Matt was looking for a paycheck.

  21. I think we don’t understand th FO. I think they feel there’s a 50/50 chance of getting Carson Palmer and didn’t want to end up with a chance at him and MH. So they signed TJ just in case while they wait, expecting that in a while, Brown of Cinci will realize he’s not getting CP back, and trade him to Seattle. But in case they’re wrong they got TJ as insurance. It’s not discussed because they’re keeping it on the down low to not irritate owner Brown.

  22. His last game at Qwest field is definitely one to remember him by. It’s kinda fitting, these aren’t the seahawks of 05 anymore, they’re a whole new team, and the name of Qwest changed along with the teams identity… hopefully it’s for the better.

    Hopefully they sign hass to a contract in a year or 2 (or 3) so he can officially retire a seahawk.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Maybe our next long term QB will be a late rounder or an undrafted free agent? It has been the history of our franchise from it’s beginning.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    @brianferris- I think your on to something with the Palmer! I know some don’t want him here, or say that it’s foolish to speculate, however I have not heard anything about him signing his retirement papers.
    USC has produced more drafted NFL QBs then any other College football team, and (imo) he is the best one. Now I know that may not be saying much considering that about all the other ones turned out to be busts, but I believe that Palmer has what it takes to manage a good team to a Superbowl win.

  25. I’m no fool and I know what I’m saying would evoke your reactions (sniff, sniff).

    I wanted Matt to stay, thought he should because of the situation, but to ignore the FACT that he turned down a 1 yr $7 million deal before the lockout and ended out of town with a contract more like what he was seaking is his own choosing.

    Truth is sometimes clouded by tears.

  26. CAR’s acquisition of Mare meant Kasey was gonna be gone sooner than later. Last season Kasey had an average KO distance of 57 yds on the 4 KOs he tried, and no touchbacks. Rhys Lloyd did the KOs for CAR which tied up an extra man for STs on their active roster for at least the last 3 seasons. Kasey’s FG% has always been OK. Kasey just might decide to retire since he’s been kicking for 20-21 years now, and not too many teams want to tie up 4 players of their active 45 on STs.

    SEA cut OT Stacy Andrews, C Chris L. White, DB James Brindley, DT Barrett Moon and LB Joe Pawelek today. Making room?

  27. In ’05 I was kinda thinking I would someday hear that Hasselbeck was added to the HoF. I was disabused of that notion soon after. Still, it seemed that while the other parts of the team were dissolving in their performance abilities, Matt was still kinda holding up. Tough, tough player – and the classiest Seahawk ever.

  28. Woofu – you cant do math then. they offered him 1 year 7 mil correct – he didn’t want more money but more years. He would have stayed for slightly less if they would have given him 2 years or maybe 3. Clayton said before the Lockout that if Matt’s camp could get 2 years out of the hawks he would sign.

    not the money but the contract LENGTH – (which you will probably claim is more money) it’s not anything any of us would work for if given the chance to add more security in our chosen career.

    On another note.

    Carson Palmer is DONE and not playing football anymore. the ONLY reason people have him linked is he went to USC. and Carroll has clearly NOT gone out of his way to get old USC guys here. Lienart, what ever the Safety was that everyone had drafting here but NO. etc. Yes we have guys here but only the ones that came at a good price.

    I still feel we should have kept Matt – not because I think he was “the answer” but there isn’t a better option right now. Clearly, to me, Tjack and CW are not as good as Hass right now. nor will they get much better. I can hope so, but I still believe that our QB of the future is not on this team.

  29. Keep telling yourself it’s not about the money.

    Most people don’t equate more security with more work for the same pay. Maybe you do.

  30. Most people also don’t have 50 million dollars in the bank.

    When I have 50,000,000 dollars to my name, I’m gonna work somewhere where I’m happy, until then I’m stuck doing what others want me to do.

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