I made the rounds today as more reporters and players arrived in Tampa. I apologize to the folks who wanted prior warning on when Matt Hasselbeck would arrive, but I was not privy to that information myself and just found out this afternoon. From what I understand Matt is in town doing some promotions for EAS Sports drinks.
Hasselbeck was on Sirius Radio, ESPN and the NFL network today.
Here's Hasselbeck on the NFL Network in this video link.
I talked with a couple radio personalities from Sirius Radio this afternoon, including ex-players John Riggins, Randy Cross and Shannon Sharpe, to get their take on how they felt the Seahawks' transition from Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora would go.
They offered some interesting observations, particularly Riggins, shown in the above photo, who if you haven't heard him on the radio, talks just like he played. He doesn't weave around the issue and gets straight to the point.
Here's a few of their thoughts:
Randy Cross on Mora taking over: "It's a little bit different because of the time away from the head coaching position, but it's not totally dissimilar from what (New England coach Bill) Belichick went through. And we've seen a lot of guys on their second job, and they get to go back and they do things differently than they did it the first time. I really got to believe this time through Jim's probably has to be a little less of a "player's coach", and a little bit less of a player's friend.
"He was in it shoulder-to-shoulder, knee-deep in it with the guys in Atlanta. And it worked for awhile. But with that sort of separation of church and state, when that gets a little fuzzy you have some problems as a coach. And I really expect him to be very successful."
Riggins on Mora's time in Atlanta: "You don't know what to expect. Jim Mora had success down in Atlanta, but he had a very unique and special situation there in Mike Vick. You know, Vick was so unsettling as a quarterback, and the quarterback, with the league and the way the rules were drawn up really gave the Falcons an unfair advantage in any game they played in because Vick was not necessarily a quarterback. He was a running back who wouldn't be a running back, because I don't think Mike likes to mix it up with anybody. So he's protected by the rules.
"You could only hit him at certain places, and my God you can't even get a piece of the guy for the most part, so if you do you want to lay the wood, but you can't do that. So it's like they had special rules the clearly benefited that team a lot, benefited Jim Mora. So can he do the same thing in Seattle? Well, it will be interesting."
Sharpe on Mora turning things around in Seattle: "They're kind of getting old in some key positions, and some of the key guys are starting to break down. (Matt Hasselbeck is breaking down. Walter Jones is starting to break down. Shaun Alexander broke down a couple years ago. I'm not so sure that they have to rethink this thing and see how they're going to go about doing their business.
"I mean when you start dealing with backs at quarterback, that's not a good situation. And Walter Jones, he's an unbelievable tackle, but he can't play forever. Defensively, they thought they had what they needed defensively, but the defense didn't step up and play for them like they did before. And the receivers, they went through – what? – four or five or six receivers this year. Let's just hope that this year was an aberration as opposed to the norm."
Cross and Sharpe like the Steelers in the Super Bowl, while Riggins is picking the Cardinals in an upset.