Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he’s ready to get back on the field and erase the memory of last week’s performance, in which he threw four interceptions and fumbled against Tampa Bay.
“As a player in the NFL you have another opponent coming up,” he said. “And win or lose, that Sunday night you enjoy it or lament over it a little bit, and the next day you get to work for the next opponent.”
As far as returning to Lambeau Field, where Hasselbeck is 0-4 as a player, he thinks it’s a special place to play.
“In college I can remember going to South Bend and there’s just something really cool about that,’ Hasselbeck said. “In the NFL I think Lambeau is probably that place, with the history and the tradition there with that organization it’s a lot of fun. It’s probably my favorite place on the road to experience.”
Hasselbeck wore gloves during practice today, like Arizona’s Kurt Warner, just to get a feel for how it might be in the game. However, Hasselbeck said he probably will not wear gloves on Sunday, or sleeves as well.
Hasselbeck also said it means a lot to have a chance to pass Dave Krieg as the team’s all-time leading passer. Hasselbeck currently sits at 26,060 yards, 73 yards behind Krieg (26,132).
“I can just remember when I first got here during pre-game, reading through the gameday program or whatever, and just seeing the names on the list and seeing how far away I was from getting there,” Hasselbeck said. “And then imagining possibly having a chance to climb up the list, never mind reach Dave Krieg, who really had set just about every record here – him or Zorn. So to be close is pretty cool.”
One former Packer looking forward to playing against Green Bay is defensive tackle Collin Cole. The seventh year player said he has a point to make after his former team’s lukewarm pursuit of him during free agency in the offseason.
“Not that this is a vengeance thing,” Cole said. “But we’re in a great situation to make so this team doesn’t get an opportunity to go into the postseason, and if we can make that happen and play spoiler to somebody and make someone’s Christmas not as happy, that’d be awesome.”
Also, Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Seattle defensive end Darryl Tapp bit him in last year’s game at Seattle.
Rodgers: “Yeah, he bit me through my long sleeve that I was wearing. There wasn’t a whole lot of words spoken. I looked down and my arm was hurt and it felt like a bee sting. I was looking down and he was biting my arm so I had to get his teeth off my shoulder.
“Luckily I was wearing a long sleeve so I don’t know if he actually (broke the skin). I had a bruise for the rest of the season. Other than that I was good.”
Asked about the incident, Tapp put on is helmet, which has a full cage, stating there’s no way he could bit someone with his helmet on. The usually good-natured Tapp added he’d let his reputation speak for itself.
I’ll provide an update with a link to the play in question.