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Hawks place Junior Siavii on IR; Hasselbeck speaks

Some bad news for defensive lineman Junior Siavii. The Seahawks placed him on the season-ending, injured reserve after suffering a neck stinger while attempting to tackle Atlanta’s Michael Turner last week.

The Seahawks signed linebacker Joe Pawelek from the practice squad to the active roster to place Siavii.

Linebacker Will Herring (hamstring) and Marcus Trufant (back) did not practice today. Lofa Tatupu (knee), Chris Clemons (ankle) and Chris Spencer (shoulder) were full participants in practice this week.

We talked to Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for the first time since Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Hasselbeck said he doesn’t always talk to head coach Pete Carroll one-on-one on Monday, and that it usually consists of an offensive meeting and a position group meeting.

But Hasselbeck said he met with Carroll on Monday, going over the game in more detail. Hasselbeck said the question of whether or not he would start this week was not a factor in his mind, and that he was more concerned with reviewing the game film and how that would go.

“I think more than anything, he wants to be more involved in communication better throughout the week and stuff like that,” Hasselbeck said. “I think he does a great job in getting messages across, and just communicating and coaching. And just helping his players be successful, and I think that was probably the biggest thing.”

Hasselbeck said the only thing he did different this week is start preparing for Tampa earlier on Monday, which he says is the best method of flushing what happened last week and getting ready for the next opponent.

Again, Hasselbeck said he understands he has to play better in order for the Seahawks to play better

“I’ve got to get less frustrated during games, that’s the bottom line,” Hasselbeck said. “Because when you get frustrated, you try to make stuff up that’s not there. You play outside yourself, and I really think that was Pete’s message to the team on Monday. ‘Hey guys, you don’t need to make the best play of your life, some highlight reel play. Just do the plays you do in practice. If every body just does what they do there, we win.”

And as bad as things have been the past four weeks, the Seahawks still control their own destiny, and can make the playoffs by winning the next, two games.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity we have,” Hasselbeck said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence that we can get this done, that I can get this done and that we can do this. And I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m really fired up that we get to be in the situation we’re in. That we get a chance to win our division again.”

Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said that Hasselbeck is not playing well, but he isn’t the only player on the field, again emphasizing it takes all 11 players on offense to executed for this team to play well.

Bates called Hasselbeck his best player on offense, and used an analogy of a golfer trusting his stroke to Hasselbeck doing a better job with the decision-making process.

“I’m not for sure that he’s forcing everything,” Bates said. “I think a quarterback believes that he’s making the throw at that moment. And you’ve got to go back on Monday and watch the tape and see what happened.

“But you’ve got to believe in your stroke. If you’re a golfer, you’re not going to swing a club and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to hit this in the water.’ You’re thinking it’s going in. And I think as a quarterback it’s the same thing – you’re thinking you’re throwing a completion. We do have to eliminate interceptions, I understand that. But we’ve got to stay in the ball game, too.”

Asked about what changed from when Hasselbeck was playing better earlier this season to how he’s played in the past month, Bates again said this is a team game.

“It’s still a team sport,” Bates said. “I think it’s very easy to just sit back and write as story about the quarterback. That’s pretty easy. But it’s a team sport. It takes 11. This isn’t basketball where Michael Jordan can dominate the game. It’s not baseball where Randy Johnson can pitch a no-hitter. It’s a team sport. It takes 11 guys. It takes protection. It takes the ability to be able to run the ball so the defense can sit back and just know you’re going to pass it. It takes receivers making big-time plays and making catches, and making YAC after they catch the ball. It’s a team sport, so before I point my finger at one person or one player, we’ve got to play together as team.”