Seahawks wide receiver says he's optimistic about next season. "There's a lot of parity in the NFL," he says.
Highlights of a live chat Thursday with Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Question: Houushhh, what do you think of your new QB Matt Hasselbeck so far?
Houshmandzadeh: I mean everything is good. I wish we could have won more games, so it can’t be too good when we’re not winning the games we thought we would win.
Q: Sorry to hear about your friend Chris Henry’s passing. He is in my prayers.
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Houshmandzadeh: I really feel sorry for him and his family. It’s affected me a lot more than I thought it would. My thoughts are with his family.
Q: What was it like playing for Dennis Erickson at Oregon State, and what did you learn from him?
Houshmandzadeh: Loved it. It was cool. He taught me a lot about football, period.
Q: What are the top three things you guys as a team will need to focus on to improve?
Houshmandzadeh: Scoring points. Moving the ball. Scoring points. Three things.
Q: Do you feel your presence helps open up things for a guy like John Carlson?
Houshmandzadeh: My presence hasn’t opened up anything. We can’t move the ball. The first game was the only exception, where they focused on me a little bit and Carlson was able to get open. Outside of that, my presence was short-lived.
Q: What does T.J. stand for?
Q: What’s the newest song on your iPod?
Houshmandzadeh: Probably Snoop or Nipsy Hustle.
Q: Do you think the Seahawks can make the playoffs next year?
Houshmandzadeh: We better.
Q: Do the coaches give you grief for expressing yourself so openly? I love it.
Houshmandzadeh: I don’t know if they give me grief, but I don’t think they like it. They’re not used to that. I play with emotion, man. That’s me.
Q: What is your favorite type route?
Houshmandzadeh: Any route where it’s going to get me the ball.
Q: Do you like it when the Seattle fans scream “Hooooooshhhh” at Qwest when you make a catch?
Houshmandzadeh: It’s cool, man. When they appreciate what you do, that’s not bad.
Q: What’s one thing you can say to us season-ticket holders to keep us fired up?
Houshmandzadeh: Oh, you’ve got to be optimistic. There’s a lot of parity in the NFL. You can be out of it one year, and the next year can be your year. That’s how you have to look at it.
Q: What you think of Jake Locker?
Houshmandzadeh: I think Jake Locker should enter the NFL draft. I know he might not be ready for NFL defenses, but you go to college to get the skills to get a nice paying job. He’s going to get a great job that’s going to pay great. He can better himself as a player, but I don’t think he can better his draft status.
Q: Has anyone ever tackled you by yanking on your braid?
Houshmandzadeh: In college once, but in the NFL, no. If you’re thinking about tackling me by my hair, something is wrong.
Q: You think you’ll ever cut your hair?
Houshmandzadeh: No. My head’s too big.