Matt Hasselbeck Is Missing Much Needed Chemistry

Donald ParrishContributor IOctober 8, 2008

Matt Hasselbeck comes into his Week Six game looking to rebound from the worst start of his career. The usually proficient Hasselbeck will enter the game ranked 28th in passing yards and an even worse 30th in passer rating.

Hasselbeck is averaging about 80 yards a game less then the career mark he set last year. To an outsider, one may think Matt has lost his touch or maybe has just lost it all together at the age of 33. His struggles, however, can be blamed on two sources: his injuries and his lack of chemistry with his receivers.

As far as injuries go, Matt sat out practice today with a bruised knee that he suffered in the Seahawks' embarrassing 44-6 loss to the New York Giants. Coming into the season, it was reported that he had a back injury that he was playing through.

Matt has said the back was no big deal and that he could play with it. Since those early reports, this issue has not resurfaced at all. All signs point to Matt being able to play this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, the team that originally drafted him in the sixth round of the 1998 draft.

With the obscene number of wide receivers the team has gone through so far this season, Matt will look to work on his chemistry with some familiar faces. Bobby Engram will be back for a second week and Matt will look to get back on track with his rookie tight end John Carlson.

With Deion Branch looking doubtful for this weekend's game and Koren Robinson returning to practice today, look for Koren to play a more prominent role. Robinson and Matt have worked together before, so if Koren can get on the field, look for an instant chemistry there.

Also this week, wide receiver Courtney Taylor was released and later signed to the practice squad. Jordan Kent was signed from the practice squad to the active roster. Kent saw playing time in the first game of the year against the Buffalo Bills and poses a deep threat with his excellent speed, as he was a track star at the University of Oregon. 

With all the new faces on the team, look for Matt to regain his form with some old friends.