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News » Seattle Seahawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10

Seattle Seahawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10

Seattle Seahawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10
--Coach Jim Mora's first practice session this week mirrored the 47-year-old head coach known for his high energy. Even though the team was not suited up and was dressed only in helmets, jerseys and shorts, practice was physical, with the defense flying around the pile, slapping at the ball and occasionally delivering a blow at the end of some plays.

"I love it," said wide receiver Logan Payne. "I live for it. And this is only the first day. It's good. I think this is the way you have to play football. It's high energy."

Mora was surprisingly subdued during the hour-and-a-half session, taking a big-picture approach while new coaches such as defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, defensive line coach Dan Quinn and receivers coach Robert Prince got after the players, using a hands-on approach.

"I try to get around and get to every drill, make my presence felt with every player," said Mora, who had his first veteran camp with Atlanta, his first NFL head-coaching job, five years ago to the day. "As I get more comfortable, though, I'll probably get more loud."

--The anticipated return of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck came off without a hiccup. The 33-year-old signal-caller moved well in his drops and footwork, and said he's 100 percent healthy after missing nine games last season because of a bulging disk in his back.

Hasselbeck reiterated his earlier thoughts about Seattle selecting a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, with draft experts speculating the Seahawks could possibly select Georgia's Matthew Stafford of USC's Mark Sanchez with the team's first round pick.

"It's always been a joke for me," Hasselbeck said. "I don't feel good about first-rounders, not meaning guys on my own team, but when (Trent) Dilfer was here, when I played with Rick Mirer ... because I was a sixth-round pick I don't watch the draft on Saturday. I watch the draft on Sunday.

"It's never been that big of a deal to me, but my advice to myself, I guess, would be what I would tell -- what I have told -- teammates: don't worry about that. Just worry about you, and worry about how you can help the team get better, and everything takes care of itself. Mel Kiper, when I was picked with pick 187, I think his exact words were something like, 'That's a waste of a pick,' at 187. So, whatever."

--RB Julius Jones, in his second year with Seattle, is looking to turn the page after an inaugural season in Seattle he'd like to forget.

After starting the season with two 100-yard rushing performances in the first three weeks, Jones fell out of favor with head coach Mike Holmgren and found his way to the bench at the end of the season in favor of Maurice Morris. A healthy Jones did not play a single snap against the New England Patriots at Qwest Field, the first time in his career.

"Last year was last year," said Jones, when asked if he was frustrated with how things ended up in his first season as a Seahawk. "I'm not even going to talk about that. I've erased that. It's a new year, new everything and I'm excited about that."

However, with Holmgren retired and Morris signing with Detroit this offseason, Jones is expected to be the main ball carrier in a backfield tandem that includes bruiser T.J. Duckett.

Jones also expects to flourish in offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's zone blocking scheme, and is taking notes from Duckett, who played for Knapp in Atlanta.

"It's pretty much just one cut and go and as a running back you love that," said Jones, who's been watching film on Oakland and Atlanta offenses coached by Knapp. "You don't have to read a whole lot of guys. You read one or two guys. If this guy's outside, you cut inside. If he's inside, you cut outside. It's plain and simple. You just pretty much get downhill and go."

--Hasselbeck's newest target, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle's $40 million free-agent pickup looked comfortable with his new team, wearing his traditional No. 84 after Bobby Engram signed with Kansas City.

"It's been a little different," Houshmandzadeh said about playing with a new team after spending his first eight years in the NFL with the Bengals. "I catch myself always bringing up things we did in Cincinnati, and I got to kind of slap myself, so to speak, because I know people are tired of hearing that. It's a little different, but over time it will go away."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He coaches with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. Gus (Bradley has a great knowledge of the game and a real passion for it. And it's really been great to sit in his defensive meetings and see the energy he brings to it." -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora commenting on his new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

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