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Friday, October 30, 2009
Phillips: Hasselbeck is hard to sack


Perennial All-Pro OLB DeMarcus Ware vs. fifth-string LT Damion McIntosh might be the biggest mismatch you'll see in the NFL this season.


But Wade Phillips warns that it won't be easy for Ware or any of the Dallas Cowboys' pass rushers to pad their sack total against the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is well versed in the West Coast offense, so he's not going to hold the ball for long in the pocket.


"It's a lot of five-step drop and get rid of the football," Phillips said. "If you're unblocked, it's hard to get to [the quarterback] at times, with the quarterback making the quick decisions and the receivers running short routes."


Hasselbeck, who is still nursing a rib injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks, was sacked only twice in his first three games this season. But he did take a beating before the bye week, getting sacked five times in the Seahawks' 27-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.