Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had his introductory press conference in Tennessee on Friday. He took the opening couple minutes to thank the Seahawks’ organization and the fans for his first 10 seasons in Seattle, and said he looks forward to making a new start with the Titans, and says he’s there to win.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has the details here from the press conference here.
Paul Silvi of KING 5 TV also traveled to Nashville and had an interesting sit down with Hasselbeck, with the veteran quarterback discussing his departure from Seattle.
Hasselbeck said it was pretty emotional driving to Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday– he actually passed by the VMAC on the way and saw his former teammates out on the field practicing.
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Hasselbeck also confirmed what we reported earlier this week – that once free agency began the Seahawks told him they were moving on.
“It’s tough when the head coach and the GM call you and they say ‘Hey, thanks for everything, but we’re no longer interested,’” Hasselbeck said. “Yeah, it’s tough. But those guys were great about it. They called me first, so I didn’t have to hear about it on the television or something like that. So that meant a lot to me. So I just wished them well, and they did the same.”
During on interview with Schneider on Friday, he said it was one of the toughest decisions he had to make. Schneider was actually part of the personnel department in Seattle when the traded for Hasselbeck with Green Bay 10 years ago.
“I was quite honestly one of four guys that helped get Matt Hasselbeck to Seattle,” Schneider said. “I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the decision we made and it was really cool to watch his career here. This isn’t one of those changing of the guard things. OK. I’m connected to Matt Hasselbeck as well.”
Schneider also had to deal with the ramifications of the deal from his son, a Hasselbeck fan.
“My little guy was crying the other day because he’s got a Matt Hasselbeck jersey and punched me and ran out of the room crying,” he said. “So I get it. I get it.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives us the run down on rookie James Carpenter’s first practice, including his showdown between Red Bryant during one-on-one pass rush drills. It includes a picture of the face off.
Steve Wyche of NFL.com writes that the Seahawks were one of the movers and shakers in free agency.
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides a chart of the projected ages for every team in the league, and notes that Seattle has gotten much younger. Heading into the 2011 season, the Seahawks have the second-youngest roster in the league.
Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks will miss the veteran leadership of Lawyer Milloy.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a run down of the Seattle’s roster moves, including Schneider’s thoughts on the team’s free agent pick-ups. Check out these pictures from Rod Mar of Seahawks.com of Friday’s practice.
San Francisco free agent pass rusher Travis LaBoy weighed offers from Seattle and San Diego, but ultimately chose the Chargers.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the new-look Seahawks don’t have much time to get up to speed.
Derek Stephens of The Blue Bird Herd believes Seattle’s acquisition of Tarvaris Jackson gives the Seahawks an advantage in the battle to repeat as NFC West champs because the rest of the teams are transitioning with a quarterback learning a new offense.