Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck has fond memories against Bears
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2012 10:08PM
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:16PM
Titans backup Matt Hasselbeck is past his prime, and he isn’t among the more notable quarterbacks the Bears will face this season.
But the Bears aren’t overlooking him.
Hasselbeck, who will start Sunday, has a 4-1 regular-season record against the Bears and has put up some eye-opening numbers in recent performances against them.
In 2007, he was 30-for-44 for 337 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 30-23 win when he was with the Seahawks, and he completed 25 of 40 passes for 242 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in 2010.
Even in the Seahawks’ 35-24 loss to the Bears during the 2010 postseason, Hasselbeck completed 26 of 46 passes for 258 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers.
“It seems like we’ve played against [Hasselbeck] every year,” coach Lovie Smith said. “He’s playing the same type of football. Just a good football player. Big challenge for us.”
Asked why he has been so successful, Hasselbeck said, “I don’t know. I don’t even know what those numbers are. I know that they’re a great defense and have been for a long time. Shoot, for like the last 50 years, they’ve kind of been known for having a great defense.”
Hasselbeck, in his 14th NFL season, noted that he might have somewhat of an edge because he started his career with the Packers on their practice squad and learned the intricacies of the Bears’ defense. In addition, after he was traded to the Seahawks, he faced the Rams, who also used a cover-2-based scheme.
“It’s a defense that you not only know because you watch them on TV as a fan, but you also study them and you raise your game in preparation, in a sense, just to try and be successful,” Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck noted that the Bears have been great at generating turnovers but suggested that Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are “jumping routes.”
Not so, Bears cornerback D.J. Moore said.
“I don’t think he understands what he’s saying when he says they’re jumping routes because they’re really not,” Moore said. “If you jump routes, you’re going to be sitting on the bench.
“That’s pretty much 100 percent. You just play your technique, and if [the quarterback] happens to make a mistake, and I’m playing my technique, then I have a chance to make a play.”