The Seahawks practiced outside today for the first time in awhile, as they prepare to play at Qwest Field on Sunday, in what’s being predicted as a typical rainy afternoon in December.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked about the importance of getting things back on track starting on Sunday in terms of finishing the season strong.
“We’re fighting for a lot of things right now,” Hasselbeck said. “We’re playing for a lot of things. Obviously were playing a game Sunday, but our goals right now are probably bigger than just getting a win on Sunday.
“We’re trying to reestablish something here that was here. We’re trying to reestablish that, and we’re trying to not let this thing slip away. And I think that’s really important right now, especially because it’s kind of a difficult time.
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“We’re going through a rough patch here, but it’s kind of when you find out what people are made of. You find out who you want to stay here, who you want to stick with and who you want to go into Sunday’ with, and who’s not cut out for it.”
Hasselbeck also talked about getting up to speed with Max Unger, who will get his first start at center on Sunday.
“It’s definitely something we need to work on,” Hasselbeck said. “We worked Wednesday morning, we do our quarterback-center exchange and the first three were not good, were not clean. So it was not good to start Wednesday, but we haven’t had any balls on the ground so far this week in practice.
“And it’s just one of those things as a quarterback and center you just kind of develop a rapport and a timing, and at this level it just has to be automatic”
Hasselbeck was asked about his thoughts on the struggles of Seattle offensively after experiencing so much success with Mike Holmgren as the coach.
“I think it’s frustrating at times,” he said. “But at the same time I realize were not that far away, even though it feels like were that far away, because the product we’ve put on the field has been just so bad at times.”
Hasselbeck went on to say Seattle just needs 11 guys on offense doing their job correctly at the same time.
Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh talked today about losing a friend in Chris Henry, who was his teammate for four years in Cincinnati. Henry passed away this morning after falling from a moving truck in a domestic dispute on Wednesday.
“He would just call me and ask me certain questions about things,” Houshmandzadeh said about Henry. “Ask me what I thought, and then I’d give him my opinion. He always would say though ‘T, I’m going to be a family man like you.’ And I think once he got released in April and nobody signed him and the Bengals re-signed him in August, I think that was the beginning of him realizing I got to change my life. And he did. And now this happens, it’s crazy.”