Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:


Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ quarterback wasn’t only back after sitting out Wednesday to rest a sore right shoulder; he was running pass routes after practice.

Say what?

“That’s something you do in the summer sometimes,” Hasselbeck said of filling the role of catcher with wide receiver Deion Branch taking over as the pitcher. “It gives the receivers a different perceptive, you know, realize what helps them and doesn’t help them. Definitely for quarterbacks it gives you a perceptive when you’re running full speed where you really appreciate the ball and where you really wouldn’t appreciate the ball.

“Just a little changeup to change the monotony. I thought it was pretty good.”

Back to what the Seahawks really need Hasselbeck to do in Sunday’s game against the Texans in Houston, he  was throwing the ball well.

“I’m a lot better today that I was yesterday,” said Hasselbeck, who took a knee to the back in last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

If he had his druthers, Hasselbeck would not talk about his injuries, which this season have included a broken rib and a bruised right shoulder.

“It’s just part of the game. It’s part of the job,” he said. “Unfortunately, just because I play quarterback I feel like we’ve got to talk about it all the time. I wish we could just stop talking about it. Because everybody on our team is hurting right now and I’ve got to talk about mine – which is really annoying.”


The field-goal line. Olindo Mare got a lot of credit – and rightfully so – on Sunday when he broke the franchise record for consecutive field goals and also kicked the game-winner against the 49ers.

But Mare goes out of his way to share his success with snapper Kevin Houser, holder Jon Ryan and his blockers. So just who are those guys up front?

From left to right, the line includes John Carlson, Steve Vallos, Sean Locklear, Rob Sims, Houser, Damion McIntosh, Ray Willis, Max Unger and John Owens.

“Without those guys,” Mare said, “none of what I do happens.”


Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and Hasselbeck meet for 60-90 minutes every Tuesday to watch video and discuss plays and philosophy before Knapp puts together the game plan for that week’s opponent. It’s the first time in his nine seasons as a coordinator in the league that Knapp has done this.

“This has been really good for both of us, because it has helped us get on the same page faster,” said Knapp, who worked with Steve Young and Jeff Garcia while with the 49ers and Michael Vick while with the Falcons.

“This guy is very cerebral. This is guy is very detailed. Matt takes the time to go above and beyond, so he has made the progress happen very fast. There’s still quite a bit of carryover in pass concepts. The formations, verbiage and some of the run game is different.”

Offered Hasselbeck, “It’s been really good in terms of me learning him and him learning me. I feel like I’ve got a really good sense for what he wants on plays, and he’s the play-caller. Ultimately, that’s my job. My job is not to do what I want to do out there. My job is to do what the play-caller wants done; to kind of be him on the field for the other 10 guys.

“I ask less questions now than I did early on, because I think we’ve got a feel for each other. … It’s been good. I feel like I’ve learned a lot.”


The official report, as released by the team:


LB D.D. Lewis (knee)


QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder)

DT Cory Redding (concussion)

C Chris Spencer (thumb)

That’s right, for one of the few times this season everyone on the 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad participated in today’s workout. Lewis also was back, on a limited basis, after sitting out Wednesday to have his sprained knee drained.

Asked if sitting out Wednesday was precautionary or necessary, Hasselbeck said, “It was pretty necessary. Yeah. It was pretty necessary. But that’s one of the good things of having played a lot, missing a Wednesday isn’t the end of the world.”

For the Texans, QB Matt Schaub practiced for the second consecutive day, despite having separated his left shoulder in Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars. Three starters were limited – LT Duane Brown (knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot) and DE Mario Williams (groin).


“If I had to just point to one thing, I’d just say that the quarterback just probably has to throw him the ball more. That’s probably the bottom-line answer.” – Hasselbeck on Carlson, the second-year tight end who has been a focal point in the media this week because he has caught only four passes in the past four games

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