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30 Aug 2007

Matt Hasselbeck Loves His TiVo

Here's an interesting story exploring Matt Hasselbeck's method of studying NFL games using his TiVo to pick up on details that are missed in the NFL's official game film. Hasselbeck also explains how he tricked former Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas during the 2005 NFC Championship game. Good stuff.

Posted by: Ben Riley on 30 Aug 2007

9 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2007, 5:00pm by Unshakable Optimist


by Joseph (not verified) :: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 7:46pm

Did anybody remind John Fox or the Panthers DC about the beating the Raiders took in the SB from Gruden's Bucs because they used the same plays/audibles?

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 9:45pm

"That play never came up in our film study because our film didn't show the shift," Hasselbeck said. "It just showed where they ended up lining up."

It's great that Hasselbeck does this kind of research on his own, but how the hell does something like that get past not only the NFL Films team but the entire Seahawks coaching staff? Mike Holmgren et al can't be that lax, can they? I mean, would a well-coached defense go up against Peyton Manning unprepared for audibles?

by coldbikemessenger (not verified) :: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 10:19pm

"The team checks into a hotel Saturday night, even for home games. The quarterbacks will watch more video there. It's all about situations: two-minute, goal-line, short-yardage, etc."

So I assume he didn't start watching video on the two minute drill till after the Super Bowl?

by putnamp (not verified) :: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 10:43pm


If they didn't record the footage then that's probably a big part of it.

by Dunbar (not verified) :: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 10:57pm

That's kind of odd, that the coaches' tapes don't capture the pre-snap movements. Is that just a Seahawks thing, or is that true for other teams as well?

by masocc (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:06am

If I'm inferring correctly, Dunbar, Hasselbeck isn't referring to watching 'coaches tape'. He's referencing 'game film' instead, which is a chopped up version of the 'coaches tape' that's similar to DTV/Sunday Ticket's "Short Cuts".

Also, I believe that ALL coaches tape must be soundless, now.

by David (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:45am

#4: But if Hasselbeck has time to watch broadcast tapes, why not the coaches?

by putnamp (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 3:07pm

#7 maybe they're busy coaching? :p

by Unshakable Optimist (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 5:00pm

How many defenders on the field are given the authority to call audibles? I thought it was usually just a middle linebacker, though I'm sure if another player sees something he might alert everyone else about it. But if there's just one guy whose specifically responsible for yelling "move" out of the 46, shouldn't he have realized something was up rather than blindly following the command he himself was supposed to give?