Wide receivers Nate Burleson, Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh were on KJR-AM in Seattle this afternoon for about an hour for their weekly conversation. It was pretty entertaining radio.
Branch called out KJR on-air personalities Hugh Millen and Ian Furness, who he believes have been unfairly critical of his and the rest of the receivers' play this season.
“That bottom line is, are we winning? No,” Branch said. “Do we have a good team? Yes. To Hugh Millen and Ian Furness, we have a good football team. Are we talented? Yes. Are we playing good? No. We’re not playing good football, no we’re not.”
T.J. Houshmandzadeh also went on the attack against Millen, saying that he doesn’t know coverages, as shown by his 22 touchdowns and 35 interceptions during his nine years in the league.
Of course, things got interesting when KJR host Dave “Softy” Mahler called Millen and coaxed him to come on in order to defend himself.
“You’re either with us or against us, bottom line,” Branch said. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. This team will bounce back, period. … That’s to answer questions from Hugh Millen, Ian Furness or anybody else who’s doubting us, period.”
On the team’s perceived lack of effort, Branch had this to say:
“Nobody has booked a flight yet,” Branch said.
So the Seahawks only scoring 24 points in the last three weeks is not a question of talent or effort, according to Branch.
“We’re not executing our plays – that’s the bottom line,” Branch said. “It can be a combination of everything, but let Hugh Millen and Ian Furness tell you, and everybody is messing up except for one guy.”
That one guy, according to Branch and Houshmandzadeh, is Matt Hasselbeck.
“It’s not 52 people lose the game except for one guy,” Branch said. “That’s the bottom line. Everybody loses. The quarterback loses. The receivers lose. We all make mistakes. This is not a perfect game. You will not take the field and play a perfect game. Everybody takes the field and loses together as a team.”
It’s an interesting conversation which you can listen to in this audio link.