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Hasselbeck embraces change

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm with 15 Comments »
January 29, 2009 4:19 pm

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck does an interview on press row at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday.


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck surfed through the sea of bodies in radio row at Super Bowl XLIII Thursday afternoon in Tampa, looking a bit tired after doing several radio spots for his clients the past two days.


However, Hasselbeck took a break to talk about the transition from Mike Holmgren to new head coach Jim Mora, and seemed energized by the coaching change.


Hasselbeck said he’s healthy after dealing with a bulging disk in his back that forced him to miss nine games last season, and that he’ll soon begin to lift weights to begin the process of regaining the strength he lost from the injury. Also signs point to Hasselbeck being ready to return to the field, but he still needs to receive final clearance from Los Angeles-based Dr. Bob Watkins.



He also anticipates having a good relationship with new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Hasselbeck said the two have already begun meeting and going over the offensive system Knapp will implement for Seattle next season.


"It was a dream come true playing for Mike (Holmgren) and his staff," Hasselbeck said. "Gil Haskell is a great offensive coordinator. I have nothing but awesome things to say (about him).


"But at the same time I’m also very excited about the opportunity to learn something new. Greg Knapp has been around. He knows what he’s doing. He’s done a really nice job with a lot of different quarterbacks. I’ve heard nothing but great things from the quarterbacks he’s worked with. And so it’s very exciting."


Hasselbeck said he believes the Seahawks have enough talent in place to challenge for a spot in the Super Bowl next season, as long as Mora and the rest of his staff establish continuity and Seattle gets healthy after the rash of injuries the team faced last season.


"We can do it next year," he said. "I think we can be in this game next year. Change is good sometimes. It’s OK. For me the important thing is, is that we’re all moving in the same direction. We all have the same goal. And we all believe in the same way to get it done. I think if we can do that, then we can accomplish what we’re setting out to do. And that’s to get to this game and finish the job."


Hasselbeck said he’s going with NFC West rival Arizona in Sunday’s game.

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  1. i wouldn’t imagine matty pulling for the stealers…

  2. I hate these softball interviews. What’s the chance Matt is gonna say what he really
    thinks about Knapp or how well the Seahawks will do in 2009? It would be more
    entertaining to get Matt to crack wise as he is prone to do anyway.

  3. Wait wait.
    Holmgren said it was a dream come true playing for himself and his staff?
    :)

    Glad to hear Matt’s doing well, or at least I hope he is.

  4. williambryan says:

    If you watch the nfln interview that Eric linked to that is a little telling. Warren Sapp and Deion Sanders give Hass the business about Knapps recent lack of success (O coordinator of 2-14 raiders) but Mariuchi did a nice job of countering with some of Knapps actual success with the niners and falcons. I don’t think Knapp will be the reason we do whatever it is we are going to do next year. Like most teams, the 09 Hawks will go as far as the defense takes them. Look at this years cardinals team, if their defense plays up to the level they can, they win, and usually win big, if there defense takes a game off… we saw what happened against new england and NY.

  5. We really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really need Matt to stay healthy next season!

    Mr. Ruskell,

    That means you need to improve our line. It is NOT good enough… even with all our injured players coming back. The return of Rob Sims actually makes the line worse.

  6. Yeah, he better fix that O-Line.
    I swear, if Matt gets sacked one more time…

    IT’S ON!

  7. Bobbyk: really?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Come on, you’re better than that. Comments like that marginalize your point. Let’s keep raising the level of conversation here.

  9. Josh Brown says:

    Someone tell Matt to put down the Twinkies.

  10. Are you implying he’s getting fat?
    He looks just right! :)

  11. Oh haha I didn’t even look at the picture.

    I want that hat he’s wearing next.

  12. chucklenuts66 says:

    I hope they open up the line to competition next year. After getting a couple games under their belts, Willis and Vallos outplayed Sims and Spencer..

  13. We need to draft Oher and place him at LG next to big Walt. Train him to become the
    next Walt to we can protect Matt’s blind side.

  14. nighthawk2 says:

    It’s not hard for anyone to outplay Sims and Spencer.

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