Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck surfed through the sea of bodies in radio row at Super Bowl XLIII Thursday afternoon in Tampa, looking a bit tired after doing several radio spots for his clients the past two days.
However, Hasselbeck took a break to talk about the transition from Mike Holmgren to new head coach Jim Mora, and seemed energized by the coaching change.
Hasselbeck said he's healthy after dealing with a bulging disk in his back that forced him to miss nine games last season, and that he'll soon begin to lift weights to begin the process of regaining the strength he lost from the injury. Also signs point to Hasselbeck being ready to return to the field, but he still needs to receive final clearance from Los Angeles-based Dr. Bob Watkins.
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He also anticipates having a good relationship with new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Hasselbeck said the two have already begun meeting and going over the offensive system Knapp will implement for Seattle next season.
"It was a dream come true playing for Mike (Holmgren) and his staff," Hasselbeck said. "Gil Haskell is a great offensive coordinator. I have nothing but awesome things to say (about him).
"But at the same time I'm also very excited about the opportunity to learn something new. Greg Knapp has been around. He knows what he's doing. He's done a really nice job with a lot of different quarterbacks. I've heard nothing but great things from the quarterbacks he's worked with. And so it's very exciting."
Hasselbeck said he believes the Seahawks have enough talent in place to challenge for a spot in the Super Bowl next season, as long as Mora and the rest of his staff establish continuity and Seattle gets healthy after the rash of injuries the team faced last season.
"We can do it next year," he said. "I think we can be in this game next year. Change is good sometimes. It's OK. For me the important thing is, is that we're all moving in the same direction. We all have the same goal. And we all believe in the same way to get it done. I think if we can do that, then we can accomplish what we're setting out to do. And that's to get to this game and finish the job."
Hasselbeck said he's going with NFC West rival Arizona in Sunday's game.