Don’t be fooled by his bald head, recent injury history, declining production or Seattle’s offseason acquisition of its potential quarterback-of-the-future.
Matt Hasselbeck isn’t ready for pasture just yet.
“It is a little annoying when everyone treats me like I’m 40 years old,” Hasselbeck told FOXSports.com after a recent minicamp practice at Seahawks headquarters. “Seriously, I’m not 40.”
The clock, though, is ticking.
This is a make-or-break season in Seattle for Hasselbeck. He turns 35 in late September. He is coming off his worst statistical season since becoming a Seahawks starter in 2001. He also has missed 11 games the past two years while taking a beating behind a porous offensive line.
But there are already positive signs pointing toward a Hasselbeck renaissance.
Hasselbeck might be in the best shape of his 12-year NFL career after a rigorous offseason training program. He has embraced a new multifaceted passing philosophy that offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said will have Hasslebeck “spray (the football) around.” And he will enter training camp as the unquestioned starter even after Seahawks management made a sizeable investment in former San Diego reserve Charlie Whitehurst.
Assuming Hasslebeck stays healthy, there will be no QB controversy in Seattle. However, he is #2 QB in most fantasy leagues.