Matt Hasselbeck offered a few more details about his knee injury when speaking with Wisconsin reporters by conference call this week. Said Hasselbeck: "I'd never had a knee injury before. But it was obvious to me immediately that it was really bad. Not only did I feel it, but it also made a really loud pop, like a 'pop' sound. And really, I feel very fortunate that it was only what it was, MCL sprain, grade 2, and I feel very fortunate that's all that was."
Coach Mike Holmgren, also speaking to Wisconsin reporters, made it clear he thought the hit was outside the rules. Asked if there was any way Hasselbeck could have avoided the hit from Vikings LB E.J. Henderson, Holmgren said, "I don't think so. If you see pictures of the play, he released the ball and was just standing there. It was a very unusual play because normally, when those type of injuries occur, they're kind of bang-bang plays, and this happened, there was quite a bit of time from when he released the ball and the time he got hit."
Hasselbeck on Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who coached quarterbacks for Green Bay when Hasselbeck was there in 1999: "He's a great coach. He's one of those guys that from the moment I met him I told people, 'This guy's going to be a head coach in the NFL someday.' He was hard, he was hard to play for because he was very demanding. There wasn't any free time. It was probably a good thing that I was single and not married when I was with him because it would have been a strain on my marriage. We spent a lot of time together. I learned a great deal from him. I feel that I improved the most from my first year to my second year and I credit him with that. He really taught me, not only the offense, but he taught me about every NFL defense that was out there. He taught me about the history of why we call things what we do. He's a very detailed guy, he makes things simple on quarterbacks, he really teaches in concepts. And so much of what he taught me I'm still doing today. He took a drill with my dropback, just something as simple as that, and we'd be watching old Joe Montana films and he'd say, 'OK, I want you to dropback like Montana in our drill work and then when you go out to
play, dropback however the heck you want.' And before I know it, I'm like noticing on film that I'm doing the drill while I'm playing without even knowing about it. We did different things like that that I think help you more on balance. And some coaches are all into fundamentals, they're all into Xs and Os, but I think he knows what he's talking about on both. And really, obviously glad I was able to spend that year with him."