For nine seasons, Matt Hasselbeck was synonymous with the Seattle Seahawks and the NFC West.
But for at least one year (2001), Hasselbeck was the starting quarterback for the Seahawks when they resided in the AFC West and faced the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers on a regular basis.
Hasselbeck -- who now plays for the Tennessee Titans, who welcome the Ravens to LP Field Sunday -- said he's beginning to reacquaint himself to life in the AFC.
"I’m not that familiar with the personnel in the AFC," Hasselback said Wednesday during a conference call with Baltimore media. "I'm kind of an expert in the NFC. The AFC is new to me, but I'm kind of taking it week to week. I'm doing this thing where I'm keeping a notebook on teams I play and coordinators I play, and I've been going back to it. I've played in the AFC some in my career, but not as much. I've got notes that I keep, and, I mean, that was only the third time I've played Jacksonville. I'm not sure how many times I've played Baltimore. That’s something that I try to do. With a lot of these teams, you play them twice, maybe three times if you're fortunate enough to go to the playoffs. So I just got to do some of that and just learn the personnel. Similar to when I came here, I didn't know many of the people on this team, so I had to right away learn the personnel both on the offense and the defense going against those guys. It's a little bit of a change, but it's not that big of a deal."
If the Titans' season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars is any indication, Hasselbeck appears to be finding his groove quickly. Although Tennessee lost, 16-14, Hasselbeck completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards, tossed a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Kenny Britt, and finished with a passer rating of 93.1.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he was not surprised that Hasselbeck's transition has gone smoothly.
"He's got that system down," Harbaugh said. "They've applied some of his talents to that system -- the West Coast-type ideas. They're running a lot that stuff from [offensive coordinator] Chris Palmer. It's Chris Palmer's system -- the one he's run for years, but you can see they've adjusted to the quarterback. And Hasselbeck, he'll adjust to his players. He's always done that. And he's got some weapons, and I don't think it's going to be too hard for him to figure those guys out."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun