Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was asked if his team sees this upcoming game against Arizona as a chance to make a statement versus a team that has beat them four straight times, not to mention defensive tackle Darnell Dockett put his elbow on the Seattle quarterback’s throat down in Arizona last week.
A wise Hasselbeck refused to take the bait.
“I think the bigger thing for us is our goal really is to win the division,” Hasselbeck said. “I’m sure that’s their goal. For a long time we owned this division, and people were gunning for us.
“I know the first time they beat us down there it was a huge deal to them. And once they did that they just kept rolling and went to the Super Bowl. They won the division again last year. The same thing for the Rams. The Rams beat us at home. That was a huge deal for them. You could tell it was a point of emphasis. And we were there once, trying to beat the Niners, or trying to beat the Rams. And so I just think that’s part of the division rivalry.”
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Hasselbeck also talked about his cameo on South Park last night. Hasselbeck said he didn’t know he was going to be on, but his phone started ringing off the hook right after the show aired last night.
“That’s all I’ve been hearing about today,” he said. “People have outed themselves. People that I thought were real professional you know – marketing people, finance people, accounting. And some media people – it’s kind of surprised me.
“It was an honor to be on the show. Anytime a Seahawks is on a national show, it’s an honor. … Maybe “The Simpsons” will call next. That would be huge.”
Hasselbeck also talked about the Seahawks developing an offensive identity and being molded in the way head coach Pete Carroll wants his offense to be run.
“I know this team is being shaped the way Pete wants us to be shaped, which means he wants the offensive line unified and aggressive,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s got the guys in the spots he wants. He’s got Marshawn, which he’s been very vocal about in terms the type of runner he wants. He’s got Justin in some of our one-back and third down stuff. Guys like Mike Williams making plays and Brandon Stokley making plays. I think the pieces are coming together and no doubt, the offensive line is leading that.”
Defensive tackle Colin Cole said the team will take the same approach in dealing with Arizona running backs Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower. Cole understands that the Cardinals want to run the ball to help protect rookie quarterback Max Hall, and that the Cardinals have a talented, experienced line up front. And with the way Seattle has been playing run defense so far this season, the matchup will be strength vs. strength.
“Beanie Wells is obviously a big guy, a strong guy,” Cole said. “I’ve watched film on him, and he’s hurdles guys like no other, like he’s running track or something. He’s got a lot of ability. He can lower his shoulder. He gets a stiff arm in there, a big, strong guy.
“Hightower is a veteran guy who makes a lot of plays, breaks a lot of big runs also. So they have a two-headed monster out there that all starts with the offensive line. If we can control that a little bit, then maybe we can hope to come out with a win this week.”
Regarding safety, Hasselbeck said the league sent them a film to review regarding the enhanced punishment for illegal hits, which you can check out here. The Earl Bennett hit laid on Seattle punter Jon Ryan is used as an example of a legal it.