Minicamp guest blog: Matt Hasselbeck, Day 2

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be giving you his perspective throughout this weekend’s minicamp in a daily guest blog. Here’s his second entry as the team enters Day 2 (read his first entry here):

I thought we had a great first day of the second minicamp. The defense came out and got us with a couple of turnovers and big plays early, but the offense rebounded and competed well. It was an important lesson for us — you don’t play one quarter in football, you play four. Coach Carroll talks about not passing judgment too quickly and not letting what has happened in the past affect how we perform in the future, so I think we lived that out yesterday in practice. Overall, the competition was great and it was neat having the rookies out there with us and making plays.

I thought Golden Tate had some really nice plays yesterday. We’re trying to give the young guys opportunities this camp, and we’re going to see who makes the most of them. When a guy makes plays for you, it’s real easy to go back to him time and time again. So I’m really excited about Golden after Day 1.

The coaches are doing a great job of coaching us and throwing a lot at us. Our quarterbacks coach, Jedd Fisch, is pushing us every day both in the classroom and on the field. He’s trying to get us to a point where we can master the offense, take control of the huddle and be able to fix things at the line of scrimmage when they’re not right. He’s a challenging teacher, but it’s a really good thing for us. One of our keys is not making the same mistake twice, and we’re getting better at that.

Yesterday was an excellent start for this minicamp. I felt great. Pete Carroll had an awesome team meeting to start it off in the morning — a lot of energy, a lot of emotion. Coach Sherman Smith and Dan Quinn gave presentations, and as always, they did a great job. Sherman talked about ball protection and Dan talked about the defense’s mentality about going after the ball.

It’s all about the ball, that’s our philosophy. It’s all about protecting the ball on offense and getting the ball out on defense. It’s a huge point of emphasis for us. We know how important turnover ratio is in winning football games. Yesterday, Coach Carroll told us that in 2009, NFL teams went 164-47 when having a plus turnover ratio, so we’re definitely focusing on that aspect of the game.

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