Matt Hasselbeck’s Early Preseason Struggles Don’t Concern Colts
Despite his struggles so far, the Indianapolis Colts aren’t overly concerned of backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck‘s shaky play through two preseason games.
According to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, the veteran quarterback can still play a high level and is “probably as strong as he’s ever been”:
"“No, not at all. I mean Matt (Hasselbeck), you don’t survive in this league for as long as he has without having a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at that position,” said Hamilton when asked if he was worried. “And physically, he’s probably as strong as he’s ever been.”"
In two preseason games, Hasselbeck has just completed 14 of 26 passes (53.8%) for 131 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a fumble, while showing a considerable lack of zip on throws.
Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) during a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
However, the 39 year old veteran could still be shaking off rust from the offseason and as an older passer, it could simply take a bit longer to get things going than in his younger years.
Before I make Hasselbeck sound anymore like a grandpa, keep in mind that he’s set to enter his 17th NFL season.
Along with longtime kicker Adam Vinatieri (42), he helps make up the “senior citizens” of the Colts roster of the only active players older than 35 years old with Reggie Wayne now departed.
Before he applies for his AARP card quite yet, age is just a number after all.
By all indications, it sounds as though the Colts are still confident in Hasselbeck’s ability even with his early preseason struggles. The highly accomplished veteran may just need a little bit more time.
He’ll have a chance to improve on his performance in this Saturday night’s preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, which will be well-worth watching.
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