Seattle Seahawks

Confidence? Well, Hasselbeck has it

RENTON - My bad.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been uttering those two words a lot to his teammates of late as the turnovers have piled up – 13 in the past four games.

But the veteran quarterback says his confidence is not shaken, and he vows to play better the last two games of the season.

“For me personally, I really feel like for us to win I’ve got to be better,” he said. “I’ve got to be more steady. I’ve got to be more dependable, and just more solid all around. That’s tough. I just really felt like I let guys down by not playing my best.”

Hasselbeck said he met with Pete Carroll on Monday, going over the game in more detail with the Seattle head coach. The question of whether or not he would start this week never entered his mind, he said. He was more concerned with reviewing the game film and fixing the mistakes.

Hasselbeck said the only thing he did differently this week was to start preparing for Tampa Bay early Monday, which he calls the best method of flushing away what happened the prior game and getting ready for the next opponent.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said that although Hasselbeck is not playing well, he’s still the best player on offense, and with a little help from his teammates he can get things turned around. Bates used the analogy of a golfer trusting his stroke to Hasselbeck doing a better job with his decision-making.

“I’m not for sure that he’s forcing everything,” Bates said. “I think a quarterback believes that he’s making the (right) 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 ballgame, too.”

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.”

HOMECOMING FOR HAWKS’ FLORIDIANS

Leon Washington will get a taste of the warm weather he’s been craving while huddled this season in the wet and windy Pacific Northwest.

“I love going down to Florida, man,” the Jacksonville native said. “I don’t know what the weather is going to be like, but it’s going to be nice. It’s a great trip. I’m from there, so a lot of my family members will be down. I haven’t seen them pretty much all season long, so I look forward to it.”

Washington, Mr. Florida in high school football in 2002, stayed home and played his college ball at Florida State. Washington graduated from high school the same year as Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams, who grew up in Tampa and was a star football and basketball player at Plant High.

“Football this time of year, Christmas kind of is just a work day,” Williams said about returning to his hometown. “I think if you worry about the holiday, you’re not worried about the game. And the holiday will be a lot better if you win.”

Runniing back Justin Forsett, from nearby Lakeland, Fla., will be playing for the second time at Raymond James Stadium.

“I don’t know who is expecting to come, but I’m only getting 10 tickets,” said Forsett, who played in the stadium as a rookie for Seattle two years ago in a 20-10 loss to Tampa Bay.

Forsett said he was a Bucs fan growing up.

“My dad would take us down sometimes to watch fall practice,” Forsett said. “And we would get up early in the morning, stop by Krispy Kreme and then go watch them practice. So it was always a little treat that we did. Warrick Dunn was there, of course, so that was always someone I looked up to.”

SIAVII ON IR

Defensive end Junior Siavii was placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list with a neck stinger. Siavii suffered the injury while attempting to tackle Atlanta running back Michael Turner.

The Oregon lineman played in 14 games for Seattle and started six of them when nose tackle Colin Cole went out with a high ankle sprain. Siavii finished with 30 tackles, three quarterback hurries and two pass deflections. His absence makes Seattle thinner along the defensive line.

Linebacker Joe Pawelek, a rookie out of Baylor, was moved from the practice squad to the active roster in place of Siavii.

INJURY REPORT

Linebacker Will Herring (hamstring) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Lofa Tatupu (knee), Chris Clemons (ankle) and Chris Spencer (shoulder) were full participants in practice this week.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 Eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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