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Monday, August 1, 2011
Matt Hasselbeck learning new language

By Paul Kuharsky

Team bonding for Matt Hasselbeck extends outside of team headquarters.

On “The Wake Up Zone” in Nashville this morning, he said he’s been getting around in an overcrowded car. Between Hasselbeck, Jake Locker, Rusty Smith and Brett Ratliff, there is just one vehicle.

While he waits on his chance to start practicing Thursday, he’s cramming the Titans' playbook. He has to translate everything he knows from years in Seattle's system into the language of his new coordinator, Chris Palmer.

“What used to be ‘Trips Right Zebra Left [something, something] X Dagger Y Shallow Cross Fake 40’ is now ‘Zero Right Slot Ride 126 Z Snag X Quick Out,’” he explained.

He’s also reverted to something he last did in high school.

“I remember being in high school playing freshman football and I’d stand in front of a mirror and I’d practice the cadence so that I would get it right every time for the guys,” he said. “And now that’s what I am doing. I’m 35 years old, I’m standing in front of my mirror at night practicing the Tennessee Titans’ cadence so I don’t revert back to the cadence that I’ve been doing the last 10 years.”