Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had some interesting comments about his future during his interview with ESPN Radio 540 Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde in this audio link.
Asked where he believes he will end up once free agency begins after the lockout ended, the veteran quarterback reiterated his desire to stay in Seattle, but acknowledged that ultimately it is not his decision.
“Nothing’s really changed for me since the end of the season,” Hasselbeck said. “I’m definitely hopeful to be back here. But at the same time I understand with a new GM, and with a new regime they sometimes want to go in a different direction, and that could happen, too.
“I’m prepared for whatever. Right now I’m just trying to get strong, really improve in some areas on the football field and make a big leap this year physically, and be ready to play at a high level, and hopefully play the best football of my career.”
One of the arguments for Hasselbeck staying in Seattle has been the arrival of Darrell Bevell as the Seahawks' offensive coordinator. Hasselbeck worked with Bevell while both were in Green Bay and is very comfortable with the offense he will install in Seattle.
“Either way, it’s a new offense,” Hasselbeck said about the prospects of remaining in Seattle or going elsewhere. “Darrell Bevell is the offensive coordinator here. I’ve been with Darrell in Green Bay, and I really like him as a coach. I love the offense that he’s installing here. If I was in charge of the offense, it’s the offense I would install.
“And so that learning curve would be good. But either way, it’s going to be a pretty new coaching staff. There’s a lot of change here in Seattle in terms of the roster – they like to change the roster as much as they can, and it’s probably in an effort to get younger. So you’re going to have new teammates either way. We’ll see. I’m open for whatever. I’m hopeful to be here, but sometimes those things aren’t in your control. And right now the only thing I can really affect is how I train, how I workout, and how ready I am once this thing gets lifted.”
The full interview, about 20 minutes, is worth listening to.