Hasselbeck showed how a smart quarterback who's been diligently prepared by a good staff, and who knows exactly how much air to put under the deep ball (attention Mike Vick), is dangerous -- and will be a threat in Chicago Sunday if the Bears aren't careful.
Last week, quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who should take a bow alongside Hasselbeck for the offensive explosion, installed a play they'd seen the Bengals run against New Orleans five weeks ago. In it, Cincinnati had the tight end dive to cut block a rushing linebacker, then wait a moment, get up and look for an opening in the Saints' D -- while Carson Palmer and the rest of the offense seemed to be going the other way.
The misdirection play confounded the Saints, and the Seahawks stole it for the game plan Saturday. "We just did a good job of scheming them, and that play's a perfect example,'' Hasselbeck said. "It's the kind of play where you've got two or three guys throwing cut blocks, and you sell run, and it looks terrible, but if you run it right, the tight end ought to be able to get free.'
If Mike Brown is already using meaningless comments to defend his scouting department, we wouldn't put it past him to reference this article as proof that Sideshow Bob needs to return in 2011. After all, according to some of our comments, Katie Blackburn has mentioned the Bengals offense racking up huge numbers in their last two games as a sign the team is 'close' heading into 2011.
Depressing, isn't it?