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Tim Hasselbeck talks up his brother

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Matt Hasselbeck will be available whenever free agency starts, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he wants his quarterback to return for 2011.

But if the Seahawks aren’t making Hasselbeck an offer that’s to his liking, they should know that he’ll have one member of the media openly campaigning for him to get a lucrative contract: His brother, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck.

On SportsCenter today, Tim Hasselbeck served as the analyst on a segment that involved several 2011 free agents and where they might end up. At the end of the segment, he discussed what the future might hold for Matt.

“If I was a team interested in a quarterback who threw seven touchdowns and one interception in the playoffs, I might want to get him under contract,” Tim Hasselbeck said.

Tim is right: Matt put up good numbers in the Seahawks’ two playoff games, completing 48 of 81 passes for 530 yards, with seven touchdowns and one interception, for a passer rating of 102.4.

Of course, Tim forgot to mention that his brother has 34 touchdowns and 44 interceptions in the last three regular seasons.

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27 Responses to “Tim Hasselbeck talks up his brother”
  1. jackhall00 says: Feb 21, 2011 1:56 PM

    Leave the important reporting to the qualified Hassleback–Elizabeth.

  2. hawks12 says: Feb 21, 2011 1:58 PM

    yea he threw 34 touchdowns and 44 interceptions with no offensive line and deion branch as his best receiver… hasselbeck is still a good qb he just needs the kind of protection he got in the playoffs and a true number 1 receiver….

  3. tenotnamedmiller says: Feb 21, 2011 2:00 PM

    He’s crapping all over Cutler on ESPN, but talking up baldie senior who is clearly worse QB? Very professional.

  4. packattack1967 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:00 PM

    He aint heavy

  5. Deb says: Feb 21, 2011 2:06 PM

    I’ve always liked Matt Hasselbeck, though at this age he’s not worth a big contract. Unless he stays in Seattle, he really wouldn’t be a great investment as a starting QB for teams hoping to move forward. Doubt teams will take Tim’s commentary on this subject seriously. But I prefer his commentary on any subject to his wife’s.

  6. dfeltz says: Feb 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    Who cares what Tim Hasslebeck thinks?

  7. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 21, 2011 2:09 PM

    Dude’s a rental at best. I assume he’ll be going somewhere like Minnesota or Miami.

  8. darthvader89 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:12 PM

    This offseason is killing me. There is absolutely nothing going on at all except CBA talk and minimal rumors about players ect. I need the NFL combine. NOW.

  9. jeff061 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Hawk512 huh? Stop making excuses for this has been QB. Hasselbeck has been a disaster for the past 3 seasons. No arm, way too many interceptions, lots of fumbles and a bottom 5 QB rating. To put it into perspective – Alex Smith has greatly outperformed this guy – each of the past 3 years….and thats pretty sad

    PREDICTION: in 2011 – he’ll be backign up Colt McCoy

  10. hobartbaker says: Feb 21, 2011 2:20 PM

    Tim went on to add that as great as Matt is, he isn’t even the best QB in his own family.

  11. vahawker says: Feb 21, 2011 2:23 PM

    Would like to see him back at a reasonable price-certainly not franchise QB numbers given his age and recent horrible decision making. Nice two game stretch in the playoffs this year..pretty ugly three stretch though

  12. anarchopurplism says: Feb 21, 2011 2:24 PM

    He is the band-aid that the Vikings need.

  13. makimaguro says: Feb 21, 2011 2:27 PM

    Probably tough for the brother not too like his brother but I have seen Tim a few times and I think he is pretty good and is blatantly honest – generally. With that said Matt would probably be perfect for a team looking to draft a young guy but have an older vet around for another year or so. Matt has borderline HOF numbers – look them up! Probably will/is a victim of the East Coast Bias that is the NFL/National TV.

  14. biggerballz says: Feb 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    maybe they can do rogaine commercials together when no one signs him.

  15. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Feb 21, 2011 2:37 PM

    It would be nice, IF ESPN got back in the credibility business, & started getting rid of the “look at me clowns” … IF Timmy is going to shill for his older brother, he needs to be his agent, & REMOVED from ESPN … it’s pretty bad when the women, Suzy Kolber, Dana Jacobsen are more credible than the ex-jocks on the network … and to think I thought Sean Salisbury was annoying, I’m starting to think being annoying is a qualification for working there {Bayless, Cowherd, Hasselbeck, Chris Berman, Dilfer …}

  16. thingamajig says: Feb 21, 2011 2:39 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Feb 21, 2011 2:20 PM
    Tim went on to add that as great as Matt is, he isn’t even the best QB in his own family.

    Good info. I didn’t realize that Elizabeth was better than both of them.

  17. hawks12 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:52 PM

    @jeff061

    alex smith come on man you cant really believe that he has been better than hasselbeck.. he has done noting other fumble and throw interceptions since he has been in the league… you are either a niners fan or a mental patient which in most cases is the same thing and hasselbeck seemed to have a decent amount of arm strength in the playoff game against the saints.. but i agree he has thrown alot of ints not all that can be blamed on the o line.. and just out of curiosity how many seahawks games did u watch last season

  18. stanklepoot says: Feb 21, 2011 3:06 PM

    Seriously people, he’s talking about his brother. You can talk about objectivity all you want, but no one can be completely objective when it comes to their family. If you want to blame anyone, blame ESPN for putting Tim in a position where he’d need to talk about his own brother’s career prospects.

  19. randolph32 says: Feb 21, 2011 3:12 PM

    He pounds Cutler, who had as bad a line as Matt, yet throws bouquets to his Bro….stop, please, get a life!

  20. ginginjail says: Feb 21, 2011 3:49 PM

    “Matt has borderline HOF numbers – look them up!”

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    no chance, not once in the past 10 or so years have i watched him play and thought wow thats a HOF’er. a couple of garbage time td’s in the playoffs against chicago doesnt take away from from the fact that once running game started to suck in seattle, hasselbeck fell of the face of the earth as far as qb relevancy goes.

  21. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    randolph32 says:
    Feb 21, 2011 3:12 PM
    He pounds Cutler, who had as bad a line as Matt, yet throws bouquets to his Bro….stop, please, get a life!
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    Cutler proved to be the biggest wuss in the NFL. Matt would never leave a NFC Championship because his leg hurts.

  22. ginginjail says: Feb 21, 2011 4:23 PM

    give my posts two thumbs down all u want, hasselbeck aint going to the HOF and neither is alexander.

  23. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    ginginjail says:
    Feb 21, 2011 4:23 PM
    give my posts two thumbs down all u want, hasselbeck aint going to the HOF and neither is alexander.
    ————–
    I think you were getting thumbs down for your lacking knowledge of the English language. The MVP Alexander is already a lock for the HOF. Look up his stats monkey boy.

  24. bing253 says: Feb 21, 2011 5:55 PM

    It doesn’t really matter since both Hasselbeck and his agent said last week they would be shocked if he doesn’t finish his career in Seattle. both sides are working on deal and Matthew even said something could be done by the combine which is this week. Tim probably thinks he’s helping his brother but he really isn’t-he should refrain from talking about his brother since it really isn’t professional and Matt doesn’t need his help?

  25. ginginjail says: Feb 21, 2011 10:43 PM

    superbowlseahawks says:
    Feb 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    I think you were getting thumbs down for your lacking knowledge of the English language. The MVP Alexander is already a lock for the HOF. Look up his stats monkey boy.

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    you’re gonna be in for a huge disappointment when neither gets even close to the HOF, how’s is alexander a lock when curtis martin and bettis are having a hard time getting in? secondly i like your login name, but when exactly did the seahawks win anything close to resembling a super bowl?

  26. 30ptbuck says: Feb 22, 2011 12:51 AM

    anarchopurplism says:
    Feb 21, 2011 2:24 PM
    He is the band-aid that the Vikings need.

    Too bad they need a tourniquet

  27. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    ginginjail says:
    Feb 21, 2011 10:43 PM

    you’re gonna be in for a huge disappointment when neither gets even close to the HOF, how’s is alexander a lock when curtis martin and bettis are having a hard time getting in? secondly i like your login name, but when exactly did the seahawks win anything close to resembling a super bowl?
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    Alexander has more touchdowns than both of those guys and he did it in less seasons. Also, neither one of those guys was ever the league MVP, like Alexander The Great. Nice try, but your argument is extremely weak.

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