Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck downplayed his name coming up in part of the evidence as a target in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
Hasselbeck, then with the Seahawks, was one of three Seattle players the NFL revealed had bounties on them from the Saints in the 2010 NFC Wild-Card Game.
Hasselbeck, running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver Mike Williams were the three Seahawks the Saints had reportedly targeted in a game the Seahawks won, 41-36.
“I'm not following it closely but what I heard was it was the quarterback, running back and top receiver,” Hasselbeck said. “Those are the names you expect. I've been going about my thing and I don't really know what to say.”
Hasselbeck said the Saints and Gregg Williams had simply showed an aggressive style of defense that day, like he has always done.
“It's an aggressive style of defense and they're known for their exotic blitz packages and getting hits on the quarterback. I think every time you play those guys that's what you expect. When he (Gregg Williams) was in Washington it was the same kind of thing. They were a tough team to prepare for.”
Hasselbeck indicated that when the Titans played the Saints this past season, he really couldn't tell any difference than when the Seahawks had played them the season before.
“We played them this year and it was the same thing. That really wasn't what my focus was, my focus was on finding to pick on them in terms of educated guessing – I think they do a really nice job of educated guessing for blitzes,” he said. “They're very well-coached....we needed to find ways to take advantage of the aggressive plays they like to make.”