Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a pretty good day the last time he faced the Saints as a member of the Seahawks.
It was the first round of the 2010 playoffs when Hasselbeck, playing with a broken wrist and bad hip, threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-36 win against New Orleans. According to the NFL, he did it all while under the crosshairs of a Saints bounty program that would have paid out if Hasselbeck was knocked out of the game.
A list of players with bounties on their heads for that game was part of the evidence shown to reporters this week, but Hasselbeck doesn’t seem too moved by the revelations.
“I don’t know what to believe. I am not following it that closely,” Hasselbeck said, via the Tennessean. “I think what I heard was the quarterback, the running back and the top wide receiver were the three names. Those are the names you would expect, I guess. … I have been going about my thing, and I really don’t know what to say. I guess there’s been a lot of ‘he said, he said’ in the situation.”
Hasselbeck was elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee this year, which likely colors his reaction about anything bounty related to some degree. But Hasselbeck has also been a starting quarterback long enough to know that defenses were gunning for him on every snap with or without a bounty.