QB MATT HASSELBECK
(On "the block"…) It wasn't that big of a deal, I don't think. We had audibles on the play, and then Julius made a great run and second effort or third effort or whatever it was, and I just try to help. It was a little bit like bowling. You get one pin, and the other one goes down, and you act like you did it on purpose. Usually, as a quarterback, you don't get to do stuff like that, so it was fun.
(On what Holmgren said about the block…) I think everyone was happy except him. He kind of gave me this look, like, don't do that again. I can't tell if people are really congratulating me right now, or making fun of me. [laughter] I think expectations are real low, so it's OK. It's a good feeling anytime you score a touchdown, and our wide receivers, they take a lot of pride in blocking downfield. I think that helped us today. I get to feel what that feels like myself, and it's a good feeling.
(On the offense working well…) It feels great, it wasn't easy. This team is hard to prepare for. They give you a lot of different looks. We have struggled against them in the past. It took a lot of preparation, a lot of coaching and a lot of walkthroughs and pre-walkthrough walkthroughs. We got it done, though. Everyone did their work, and performed on Sunday. The statistics probably show that.
(On getting through injuries….) I don't know where everyone stands health-wise, but you can tell that we're close. You can tell that the guys that are watching will be out there practicing next week. I feel like we are getting better, and we are getting healthier. That's two good things right there.
(On the play of Michael Bumpus…) We moved him into the Bobby Engram role. He's done a nice job with it, for a guy that wasn't even on our roster to start the season. He has come in and played well. He made some nice tough catches. He is still learning as he goes, but I think he has been a pleasant surprise. On the touchdown in particular, I had to double-clutch it because the D-lineman was right in the way, and he was looking to tip it or intercept it, and Bumpus stayed with it and made a nice catch. I just saw him in the hallway; he is carrying the ball. He is not letting it out of his sight, I guess.
(On the play of Julius Jones…) He is a great downhill runner. He is not as big as T.J., but he is a great downhill runner, he is a great inside runner, and the guys up front get energized and excited about that. We call smash-mouth, hit it downhill plays and they get going. You can see it after the play, the offensive line celebrating and clapping their hands, and they get going. I think it is a really good thing for our team. He has come in and worked hard from day one. He was kind of splitting time early on, very unselfish, just a good guy, fun to have around. Very enjoyable, good fit on our team. He can catch, he can block, he can run. It's been a great fit.
(On how much more comfortable he is with the new receivers this week, compared to last week…) A lot. Billy, in particular, he has been a guy that today they pressed him up a good amount of the day, and put everybody else on the other side. It was an opportunity for him to catch some balls and he came through most of the time. He's a big guy, he has great hands. He did a nice job. I'm definitely learning him still, but I have a lot of confidence in the things he does well, and it has been a great addition.
(On running the ball north/south…) I said that we want to be on the I-405 or the I-5. No 520, no I-90. Always north/south. I don't know if everyone gets the joke. [laughter] I think only two guys in here get the joke. Maybe it's not a good joke.
(On whether quarterbacks and running backs need to get used to an offensive line…) I think there is just a little bit of a learning curve. We have new people, new coaches, new schemes. I think we have gotten better each week. The Buffalo game, we were atrocious. The second week we were a little bit better, but still not where we need to be. Today I think we had a great communication, and guys understand what we wanted to do together. They brought some blitz things today, and we ran right at them, and kind of gashed them, and that can only come from guys playing in a unit up front, running backs as well, and communication. It was a very exciting thing, and I think that it is something that everyone gets energized about. It has been good, much better than the last two weeks.
(On how the play calling has differed…) I think we have approached every game a little bit differently. You saw today a lot more two tight end sets than we have done in years past. I think we might have had a 3 tight ends package with Sean Locklear playing some tight end. That's just not normally what we do. Because of the situation, we stayed out of 4 wideouts today. It's just a little bit different look, but I think we are still running our stuff, but it is just stuff we practice usually, instead of calling in the games.
(On the ability to stay with the run…) It's tough work, and he's going to stay with it. I think he called a goal line run from like the 4 yard line today, and we scored. Usually we don't do that. Usually we are in more of a red zone passing mode, or maybe a draw mode, but he called goal line personnel, we brought Sean Locklear in as a tight end, and he said to the guys up front, we're going to pound this in. I think we scored on that play, so it's a great feeling.
(On the goal line play calling…) We might sprinkle in a boot leg, or a 3 step drop in there to keep them honest, but when Mike sees stuff working, he gets in a rhythm, he gets on a roll, and he'll call that stuff. A lot of times they were doing something different, so he might call the exact same play, but we are blocking it differently, we are hitting different aiming points, and it might look different. Maybe it's a different back from time to time. I think that is what we want to do. Yeah, it did feel a little bit like a 9 on 7 drill, but that's OK.