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Hasselbeck: “We are all about turnover ratio”

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm with 22 Comments »
September 23, 2010 2:15 pm
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Matt Hasselbeck did his usual meeting with the media on Thursday and once again much of the talk centered around turnover ratio.

“It’s what we are all about, all the time,” Hasselbeck said. “It’s what we focus on. Last week, we didn’t do a great job of it.”

Indeed, Hasselbeck was directly responsible for all three Seahawks turnovers, while the defense got no takeaways.

Yes, San Diego had a plus-8 turnover ratio, and this year it’s plus-2. And the Seahawks’ turnover ratio is now -1

“It’s something we have to be aware of,” he said. “They are very opportunistic in the secondary. They do a good job of stripping the ball as well.”

Hasselbeck believes its why both teams have the record they do.

“And not just the Chargers and the Seahawks, you see that all across the NFL and you proably see it in college sports, college football, you probably see it in high school football, so it’s really no secret. ”

Head coach Pete Carroll has preached it endlessly and Hasselbeck has become a full believer.

“Pete said it very plainly in our first meeting on Monday this week, and he just said: ‘There’s realy nothing else to say. If you can’t grasp that concept then you’re not going to get what we’re all about.’”

One other interesting thing that Hasselbeck was asked about by Greg Johns of the PI was kind of the personnel package differences from week to week. I’m sure Eric has the exact numbers on this — but in the win over the 49ers, the Seahawks offense used a lot of three tight end and two tight end sets. Against Denver, not so much. It was more three wide receiver sets. Hasselbeck was asked if the team is still kind of finding it’s offensive identity.

“I think that’s probably what you’re going to see from us,” Hasselbeck said. “We’re someone new every week, that’d be my guess. In part because of injury, but also just because I think that’s how we want to do it. I think we’re going to be a team that’s hard to prepare for. We could come out in five-wide, we could come out thin three tight end, I think that it … it’s early for me too. But that’s the sense I get. ”

Does he like that versatility?

“It does make it difficult for me,” he said. “But I’m sure makes it much more difficult for our opponent.”

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  1. I would be pleased if Haselbeck could just finish a season with a QB rating over 80. He has only done that in 5 of his 10 seasons as starter.

  2. I have wondered if the 4th and 2 throw to Branch was a result of already having thrown 2 picks? That ball to Branch was NOT catchable. At least if someone can catch it and they pick it off they will have the ball at the 20 instead of where they got it. I thought that was a horrible throw, but can you imagine they wrath he’d get from the fans if he would have thrown the INT instead of the incompletion? They’d be even more all over him (but too stupid to realize that he saved yards on field position by throwing the INT on that play). And to Branch? A midget WR? On that play? He shouldn’t have been on the field if that was an option (I know the Broncos took away what they wanted to do, but still… have a better alternative than a midget WR who doesn’t get deep very well on that route). No matter what, Matt was horrible on Sunday and I don’t want to see that again.

    Why do people forget about the Thurmond turnover? I guess that turnover had no impact on the game (sarcasm).

  3. To your point, BobbyK, I think we will see his alter-ego on Sunday – Captain Checkdown. He hasn’t made an appearence since the middle of last year. This way no one can blame him directly although the offense won’t move down the field.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll tell you one person who hasn’t forgotten; Carroll. That’s how Tate got in there. That whole series of events was a 14 point swing; TD taken off the board by a holding call (then a pick for good measure). Then the Broncos ensuing possession resulted in the botched punt. Ball at the ‘Hawks 13 and a quick TD. If nothing else in the game changes, the final is 21-24. Doesn’t that feel a bit different?

    I believe the 4th and 2 was from the Broncos 20 so there wouldn’t have been a gain in any case.

  5. Hey BobbyK, who did you like that Niners game at Qwest? That is probably one of the best games I’ve seen in a while and I was happy that you got to see us put together a nice win.

    I’m really excited about Tate and Deion Butler and hopefully we can get them the ball. I think we might even have a bit of a running game.

    I think that Matt will be good on Sunday, but I want to see him do it on the road. He needs to be a leader and he needs to play consistent.

    Now we just need to figure out a pass rush.

  6. I was jacked to see Red Bryant dominate the LOS. I’ve really been impressed with him. Teams aren’t going to run much over he and Mebane when the’re together.

    Trufant looked so much quicker/better than when I saw him play in person last year (even if you don’t count his INT for a TD) too. You can tell he’s healthy (and wasn’t last year).

  7. freedom_X says:

    That one I’ll disagree with. Hasselbeck won’t get gunshy and only throw outlet passes unless he’s getting a heavy rush. That has never been his nature or his past tendencies, whatever other faults he has.

    He did it last year for completely understandable reasons – he wasn’t getting any pass protection to speak of. If he hadn’t checked down, he’d lapped the league in sacks taken, provided his body could have taken the punishment (which it couldn’t have.)

    If Seattle starts out with short throws, it will be because they’ll be attempting a run-heavy gameplan. If the 3 TE set comes out for this one, then it probably will be a shorter-throw game, but they’ll still try what they tried against the 49ers if the pass rush and coverage allow it.

    Hasselbeck’s not trying to save his body. He knows if all he can do is imitate Matt Leinart, then he’s out of a job, regardless of whether he avoids turnovers or not.

  8. That is ironic that Hass is crowing that the game is all about turnover ratio since he is the cause of most of the ones on the negative side. I like Matt and have tremendous respect for what he has done for this team but it is time to move on. We are rebuilding and we need to know where CW fits into that. The only way to know is to put him out there and see what he can do. I would much rather have us go 6-10 this year and 10-6 next year than go 8-8 both years. Yes, Matt gives us a better chance of 8-8 this year than CW, but will CW be ready to start in 2011 when Matt is not re-signed? I think not, unless he gets real game time this year. Or we find out CW stinks and draft a QB.

  9. nighthawk2 says:

    “Last week, we didn’t do a great job of it.”

    What do you mean “we”? Was someone else out there throwing interceptions? YOU didn’t do a good job.

    “Why do people forget about the Thurmond turnover? I guess that turnover had no impact on the game (sarcasm).”

    Did Thurmond fumble 3 times? Because I only remember once.

  10. Seahawkgo says:

    “WE” !?? Only you made turn over Matt. Only you threw ball directly to opponents. You are Hawks leader that how come you did not say that’s your own fault. You are not good team leader.

  11. Was the Thurmond turnover probably the most important turnover of the game? Yes. You can make an argument for the first Matt INT but it’s like arguing the chicken or the egg. Both of those sucked almost equally. The second INT sucked too. The game was over by the third INT, although that’s not an excuse to say it didn’t count.

    I’m glad Pete Carroll is our coach instead of Mike Singletary.

  12. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Everyone knows Hasselbeck is toast, but it astonishes me how many people continue to vehemently make excuses to defend the gigantic morass of failure that is Aaron Curry. He BLOWS!!!

    I have never in my 2 decades of watching football seen a more completely incompetent and overwhelmed pathetic excuse of a linebacker. Imagine for a second you watched him on the field every Sunday but didn’t know he was the 4th overall pick in the draft. His indescribably terrible play on the field is what you’d expect to see out of a fringe NFL player. Hell, UDFA David Hawthorne has outperformed Curry on every single snap on the field they’ve shared together. If Curry wasn’t the 4th overall pick and guaranteed 30 million (!!!), we would all be clamoring for him to be cut!

    BENCH AARON CURRY OR TRADE HIM WHILE WE STILL CAN!!!

  13. surelyyoujest says:

    Dude, find another rant. We get it. You don’t think Curry is very good. Nuff said.

  14. AaronCurryIsBUST – look up Audrey Bruce. You have obviously never watched two decades of football if you think Curry is worse than Bruce (who was a #1 overall pick in the draft in 1991).

  15. chuck_easton says:

    I was thinking AaronCuuryIsBUST must have some personal vendeta against Curry. Perhaps he dumped his sister? He didn’t tip MR. Bust when Aaron ordered a Latte at the Starbucks where MR. Bust works?

    We all have our issues with the performance of certain players. But to take it to the level Mr. Bust has borders on stalker and unhealthy fixation territory.

    Get a different tune Mr. Bust. The one you are singing is getting old fast and is way past its BEST BEFORE date.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    “He didn’t tip MR. Bust when Aaron ordered a Latte at the Starbucks where MR. Bust works?” – Lol. Mr. Bust… Haha

  17. Lowrider says:

    Come on AaronCurryIsBUST. We all know you are really Steven Jackson and you want him off the team before the hawks come to town. Admit you are afraid Curry is going to hurt you!

  18. Seahawkgo & Nighthawk2, you make it sound as if Matt is passing the buck. Reading the other reports of his comments earlier in the week, it’s clear he is not. Criticize his play or decision making (it’s appropriate), but the dude is not in the habit of blaming others for his problems.

    I don’t know who said it, but I find myself also wondering if the loss of Jim Zorn as QB coach plays into any of this.

  19. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Lowrider why in God’s name would Steven Jackson be afraid of Curry, Curry got KO’d by Justin Forsett, who is about 60 pounds lighter and 5 inches shorter, in blitz pickup during practice.

  20. BobbyAyala says:

    My vote for Seahawks’ next GM: Pilot.

    “That is ironic that Hass is crowing that the game is all about turnover ratio since he is the cause of most of the ones on the negative side. I like Matt and have tremendous respect for what he has done for this team but it is time to move on. We are rebuilding and we need to know where CW fits into that. The only way to know is to put him out there and see what he can do. I would much rather have us go 6-10 this year and 10-6 next year than go 8-8 both years. Yes, Matt gives us a better chance of 8-8 this year than CW, but will CW be ready to start in 2011 when Matt is not re-signed? I think not, unless he gets real game time this year. Or we find out CW stinks and draft a QB.”

  21. BobbyAyala says:

    And btw, Matthew:

    Shut up and complete passes.

  22. If Hass starts the game with a pick, and throws another in the 1st half, he sits and CW comes in.

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