Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined co-hosts Brock Huard and Mike Salk in studio on the new all-sports ESPN 710 debut this afternoon.
Hasselbeck talked about the transition from longtime Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora. He said the Seahawks have already been working hard, so Tuesday won't be that much different except for the reporters who will be allowed to watch.
Hasselbeck went on to say that Holmgren's philosophy was for players to get away and recharge their batteries and then come back ready to go for the team's minicamps.
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However, because of the team's sub-par season and Mora wanting to get things jumpstarted early, Hasselbeck said several veterans have stayed around and have been working hard since the team's offseason, weight training regimen began in mid-March.
"There's no vacation this season for anybody," he said.
Hasselbeck was then asked what he thought of Seattle possibly selecting Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the team's No. 4 pick overall, should he fall that far, and had this to say.
"I'm a little biased here, right?" Hasselbeck said. "We could draft him, but it would kind of stink for him because he would have to sit on the bench for awhile."
Hasselbeck went on to say that he's never been a fan of first round picks at quarterback because of his situation. Hasselbeck was a sixth round pick and not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine as a senior coming out of Boston College. He believes a lot of quarterbacks like himself, Marc Bulger and Kurt Warner became good quarterbacks because they had to work their way up and earn the respect of their fellow teammates.
"I think it's just a situation for me as a sixth-round pick, where had I been first rounder I don't think I would have succeeded," Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck also said that while it would be good to get a player that can help them with the No. 4 overall pick, that the Seahawks aren't necessarily relying on whoever is selected with the pick to be an integral part of the team's success in 2009.
Hasselbeck said he believes because he does not have an established bond with some of the team's younger players that he has to earn the respect of some of the young guys, and will work to a better job of that this season.
He again reiterated that he feels great, has been 100 percent for a long time and we'll be out there on Tuesday to show people how far he's come along.
Offensively, Hasselbeck said expect to see more play action and perhaps some shotgun on third down.