SAN DIEGO – It was an all-but-overlooked play in the first quarter of a preseason opener.
The nimbleness Hasselbeck displayed with the San Diego Chargers’ linebacker in hot pursuit was a good indication that his back issues are behind him as the Seahawks moved into the Jim Mora era with a 20-14 victory.
“It was good to see Matt moving like that,” left tackle
Many played more, and some made more plays. But no player looms larger in the team’s success this season than Hasselbeck.
“What was nice was to see his uniform clean at the end of the time that he played,” Mora said. “Matt looked comfortable out there and he spread the ball around.”
Hasselbeck was 3 of 5 in his brief stint, with the completions going to tight end
The Seahawks got just about everything they were looking for:
* A victory, which was more exciting than it needed to be as the Chargers’ last-ditch drive ended at the Seattle 34-yard line with a trio of incomplete passes from No. 3 quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
* No serious injuries.
* And ample opportunity to evaluate their players, which was Priority One for offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
“We did get to evaluate a lot of our young guys in good situations,” Mora said. “I thought we did a nice job defensively in the takeaway battle (plus-2), especially in the second half.
“A lot of situations came up in that game that are learning opportunities.”
No one helped himself more than
“It was good to see him show up,” Mora said. “I had a feeling that he would show up and make some plays.”
But there were others.
Rookie offensive lineman
But it was Teel’s TD pass late in the third quarter that put the Seahawks ahead to stay.
“I was really happy for Mike, really happy,” Mora said. “He just showed a maturity about him that we’ve been looking for.”
After seeing limited reps in training-camp practices, Teel was really happy to be able to get into the flow of the game.
“It was nice to get out there and play,” he said. “In practice, you don’t get many reps because Matt and Seneca (Wallace) are getting theirs. To go out and get some serious time under your belt and just play a little bit, it’s fun.”
The Seahawks’ other points came on Wallace’s touchdown pass to fullback
The Seahawks’ most consistent player on a picture-postcard night at Qualcomm was
“When you have a punter who can change field position like he did tonight, that is really a weapon,” Mora said. “Not only the distance, but I thought he did a really nice job of placing the football outside the numbers.”
The evaluation process continues at Qwest Field on Saturday night, when the Seahawks host the Denver Broncos in a turn-back-the-clock preseason that will see them playing each of their former rivals from the old AFC West.