June 21, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) warms up during minicamp at Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Apparently Ron Jaworski is counting down the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I don't have ESPN anymore, so I don't get to see all of the fun stuff that they do over there. Paul Kuharsky reports that Jaws ranked Matt Hasselbeck as the 18th best quarterback in the league.
Here is part of what Jaworski had to say about Hasselbeck:
"You know where those smarts and awareness really showed up? In the red zone. How about these numbers, folks? Thirteen touchdown passes, no interceptions, a red-zone quarterback rating of 110. Red zone efficiency results from pre-snap recognition and post-snap validation of past coverage. Hasselbeck saw a 2-shell look before the snap. Two deep safeties. The route combination was four verticals. On his drop, Hasselbeck kept his head and his eyes focused straight down the middle. That kept the deep safety inside the numbers playing Jared Cook's vertical, not (Lavelle) Hawkins’. Then he came to Hawkins, saw the corner trailing, and immediately knew he had a touchdown. Manipulation and recognition."
That is really the edge that Hasselbeck has. He is excellent at the mental part of the game.