As I was driving home from work yesterday, I was listening to a local sports show in Spokane called “The Locker Room” with Toby Howell. Unfortunately, I was only in the car for about 5 minutes (got to love that Spokane traffic), so I am not sure who he was interviewing, but it was about the Seahawks. The discussion was concerning player prompted workouts going on in the NFL right now. The interviewee talked about hearing Mike Williams on some Seattle stations stating that “a certain player” is trying to organize such a workout for Seahawks’ players. It was then further suggested that this, “certain player,” was Matt Hasselbeck who had already received a playbook via other players.
So how much of this is true?
To be honest, I don’t know. But what I do know is that the Seahawks have yet to organize any type of practice like this. At first this is a bit frustrating, but when you think about it, which player is a big enough leader on this team to do something like that? Earl Thomas and Russell Okung are too young, Aaron Curry isn’t respected enough, Lofa Tatupu is still recovering from knee surgery, and Charlie Whitehurst is nowhere near leader enough to start the ball rolling on something like this.
If you think about it, this has Hasselbeck written all over it. Say what you want about his declining numbers and lack of consistency in recent years or even his age, but one thing you cannot question is the effort or the character.
I love the fact that he is the only unsigned free agent who is, supposedly, planning team workouts for a team he doesn’t currently play for. I know he is not a fan favorite. I am just as guilty as the next fan for raking him over the coals at various times during the last few seasons, however, it is times and situations like this one that I remember what I always liked most about Matt: He likes to win more than he likes to get paid.
If there is one thing I know about the NFL, it is not to trust anything anybody says until the ink is on the paper. Such is the case with the Carson Palmer rumors as well as Kevin Kolb, however, I can’t help but think this bodes very well for Hasselbeck concerning his future in Seattle.